Fort St. John est. 1701

The ruins of what was formerly Fort St. John (aka Spanish Fort, aka San Juan del Bayou, aka Fort St. Jean) along Bayou St. John in New Orleans, LA.

Lakeview, New Orleans, LA

Constructed by the French in 1701 to protect the trade route along Bayou St. John, reconstructed by the Spanish in 1763, decommissioned by the U.S. in 1823, converted to an amusement park in the 1880s, closed in the 1920s.

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4 responses

  1. William Lack

    Where is this Fort St John, I drove all around St Johns Bay today and I couldn’t find that place

    February 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    • Hi William. This fort is in New Orleans, LA along Bayou St. John–not St. John’s Bay. It’s near the intersection of Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Beauregard Avenue. Type this into Google Maps and you should be able to find it: Old Spanish Fort, Beauregard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124. You can read more about it here:,_New_Orleans.

      February 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      • William Lack

        Ahhh I see, so is this picture an original of what it use to look like? I guess I just missed it ha, thanks.

        February 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      • This is what it looks like now, more or less. I took this about a year ago. It’s off the street a bit, and this is the side of the fort facing the Bayou, so you can’t see it from the street. You’d have to park and walk over to see what you see in this picture.

        February 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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