Gretna Travel Guide

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Gretna Overview

Gretna is a decent sized town of about 18,000 (up 2% since 2000) located along U. S. Highway 90 and the Mississippi River just across the river from New Orleans in Jefferson Parish in Southeast Louisiana. Gretna was established as Mecanicsham in 1836. The town grew rapidly due to railroad depots from the Southern Pacific and other rail lines and the ferry across the Mississippi to New Orleans. Food and spice makers Zatarain's is headquartered here. Gretna, and Jefferson Parish, were not quite as badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina as New Orleans and there were reports that police in Gretna turned back citizens of New Orleans attempting to cross the bridge into Gretna on foot, sometimes at gun point. Since it was not as badly damaged, Jefferson Parish has fared better during the recovery efforts and has surpassed New Orleans and Orleans Parish in population. The films "A Love Song For Bobby Long" and "Monster's Ball" were filmed here. Baseball player Mel Ott, actor Lash LaRue, and a number of musicians in a variety of genres have ties to Gretna. Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish which was established in 1825 and was named for President Thomas Jefferson.

Gretna has a very nice historic district with quite a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There is one historic district and four individual locations in Gretna listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gretna also has some nice museums like the Gretna Fire Museum.

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