|Lincoln Beach served New Orleans' African-American community during the
era of segregation. The land where Lincoln Beach was located was deeded to
the city by Samuel Zemurray in 1938 and purchased within a year by the Levee
Board. A bath house and sand beach were constructed in 1940 and, eventually,
some amusement rides were added. However, the Beach didn't flourish until
1953, when the Levee Board undertook a major renovation and expansion. The
midway was expanded, picnic shelters and a new bath house were constructed,
as well as a swimming pool. Lincoln Beach became a popular amusement area
and many famous entertainers performed there, such as Nat King Cole, Fats
Domino and Ray Charles. Lincoln Beach closed in 1964. The neglected
buildings eventually fell into disrepair and were allowed to decay, victims of
nature and vandals. At various times, plans have been discussed to bring the
property back to life. Recently, demolition of what remained of the buildings
has been undertaken in preparation for development of the area, but I don't
know where those plans stand at this time.
|Lincoln Beach's first bath house, in 1941, just after construction;
this building became a restaurant at the time of the 1953 renovation.
|An aerial view of Lincoln Beach, 1950's.
|Above, another view of the original bath house, 1941;
below, bulkhead in preparation for adding a sand beach.
|Left, poster featuring Fats Domino in
an upcoming appearance at Lincoln
Beach, 1960; above, Miss Lincoln
Beach was crowned in an event held at
the Municipal Auditorium, 1954.
Pictured with her is singer, Nat King
Cole, who acted as Master of
|~Photos from abandoned Lincoln Beach~
The first three photos below, and the bottom left photo in the
group below this one, are courtesy of Infrogmation at Wikipedia Commons.
|Many thanks to Donnell for the photos below, taken in 2007 (except for the bottom left).
|The rusting arrow on Hayne Blvd. still points
the way to the abandoned amusement park.
|Demolition of the swimming pool.
|Steps leading to the entrance.
|An empty arcade on the former midway.
|Like its sister amusement park, Pontchartrain Beach, the only visitors to Lincoln Beach now are the ghosts
of times past, splashing in the place where the pool used to be and strolling under the bright lights of a
midway that exists only in faded photos of summers long ago.