Introduction to Westwego, Louisiana
Westwego, Louisiana, in Jefferson county, is 5 miles SW of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding New Orleans metro area, Westwego is home to some 10,763 residents.
The city of Westwego is in Jefferson Parish. The community name literally means "west we go." It was named because of the number of travelers passing through the city during the gold rush in the late 1800s. The Texas and Pacific Railroad founded Westwego in 1870. The railroad yard was placed just above the canal connecting the river to Bayou Segnette, Bayou Lafourche and then to the Gulf of Mexico.
Westwego and nearby Attractions
- National World War II Museum
- Saint Bernard State Park
- Longue Vue House & Gardens
- Huey P. Long Mansion
- Barataria Preserve
- New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Things To Do In Westwego
tourists can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and camping at the Saint Bernard State Park. The Barataria Preserve is also a popular tourist destination. The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is also worth visiting. Tourists who are interested in history can visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Westwego Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are available from Nicholls State University, Nunez Community College, Southern University, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana.