Harahan
 

Harahan/River Ridge

Harahan was named in honor of James Theodore Harahan, president of the Illinois Central Railroad from Harahan Elementary1906-1911. It hugs the banks of the Mississippi River, and its Huey P. Long bridge was the first in Louisiana to span the Rivers' waters. Another of Harahan's most notable structures is Harahan Elementary, located on Jefferson Highway. It opened to students in 1926 and was added to the Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic places. Centuries old Oak & Pecan trees line the streets and have become the symbols of Harahan.

River Ridge was developed by French Colonists and their descendants in the late 18th century for large sugar plantations. For many years, the area remained rural farmland until the post World War II suburbanization era. To create a sense of community, the area was officially renamed River Ridge in 1974.

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