Covington, Louisiana

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Covington is a city in and the parish seat of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 8,483 at the 2000 census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

Covington is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in the area was in 1800 by Jacques Dreux. In 1813 John Wharton Collins established a town there with the name of Wharton. He is buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the City Hall.

The city was renamed after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812.[2]

Commerce was brought here by boat up the Bogue Falaya, which connects through the Tchefuncte River to Lake Pontchartrain.

In 1888 the railroad came to town.

In the late 20th century many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting across Lake Pontchartrain on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The town's population continues to grow.

Hurricane Katrina

Though Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Slidell, Louisiana, Covington was sufficiently elevated to escape the massive storm surge; however, the city suffered devastating wind damage. Following the storm, Covington, along with the rest of the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, experienced a population boom as a result of many former inhabitants of the New Orleans area being forced to move out of their storm-ravaged homes.

Geography

Covington is located at 30°28′44″N 90°6′15″W / 30.47889°N 90.10417°W / 30.47889; -90.10417 (30.479002, -90.104029)[3] and has an elevation of 26 feet (7.9 m).[4]

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