Lynell French Marianetti, a new resident of Faubourg St. John, spent last weekend restoring the historic sign on the bayou at Bell St. Lynell recently retired from Atlanta and fell in love with the area and decided to relocate in our neighborhood. Her volunteerism and artistic ability is much appreciated. Please see her (attached) handy-work.
The sign says: THE OLD PORTAGE
Short trail from Lake Ponchartrain to River shown by Indians to Iberville and Bienville, 1699. Winding trail used by early travelers to city. From Bayou St. John it led to North Broad, Bayou Road, Vieux Carre to Mississippi River at site between Dumaine and Governor Nicholls Streets.