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"New Orleans, or’le-anz (Fr. Nouvelle-Orléans, noo' vèll"-om"lā'b Nu'; Ger. New-Orleans, noi-ot'là-Anz), a city and port of entry of the state of Louisiana, the capital of Orleans parish, and the commercial metropolis of the Gulf States, is situated on the Mississippi River, about 100 miles above its delta. It is about 700 miles by rail S. of St. Louis, Mo., 141 miles W. by S. of Mobile, Ala., and 330 miles E. of Houston, Tex. Lat. of custom-house, 29° 58' N.; lon. 90°5' W. As a port of entry, New Orleans embraces a vast territory, including, besides its own port, the ports of Pitts: burg, Pa., Wheeling, W. Va., Louisville, Ky., Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo., Cincinnati, 0, Evansville, Ind., Galena and Cairo, Ill., Burlington and Dubuque, Iowa, La Crosse, Wis., and Omaha, Neb., which are ports of delivery of the customs-district of New Orleans. New Orleans is the great cotton-market of the country, most of the cotton of Mississippi and a large part of that of Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas coming here for shipment; and it is the great centre of the commerce of the entire Mississippi Valley...

New Orleans was named in honor of the Duke of Orleans, regent of France during the minority of Louis XV. Pop. in 1820, 27, 176; in 1830, 46,310; in 1840, 102,193; in 1850, 126,375; in 1860, 168,675; in 1870, 191,418; in 1880,216,090; in 1890, 242,039."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

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Bird's-Eye View of New Orleans
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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"The Roosevelt New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 504-room hotel owned by Dimension Development and managed by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. The hotel was... Read MORE...

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  • 1718 - May 7 - The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville .
  • 1722 - Hurricane destroyed most of New Orleans webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
  • 1723 - New Orleans became capital of Louisiana webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
  • News  1729 - March 15 - Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows in New Orleans
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  • News  1778 - April 1 - Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, creates "$" symbol
    April 1, 1778
  • News  February 13, 1784 - Ice floes blocked the Mississippi River at New Orleans, then passed into the Gulf of Mexico.
    February 13, 1784
  • News  1788 - March 21 - Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
    March 21, 1788
  • News  1803 - January 11 - Monroe & Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy La
    December 20 - French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27M
    January 11, 1803
  • 1815 - January 8 - Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew
  • News  1827 - Februray 27 - 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
    February 27, 1827
  • 1830 - January 13 - Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves
  • 1832 - Yellow fever and choloera epidemic killed more than 5,000 in New Orleans webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
  • 1837 - New Orleans held first Mardi Gras parade webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
  • News  1838 - March 8 - US mint in New Orleans begins operation (producing dimes)
    March 8, 1838
  • 1853 - Yellow fever epidemic killed more than 11,000 in New Orleans webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ latimeln.htm
  • 1862 - April 25 - Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut
  • News  1864 - October 4 - New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
    April 10, 1864
  • News  1868 - September 22 - Race riots in New Orleans La
    September 22, 1868
  • News  1869 - Over $30,000
    Only three persons in New Orleans return an income above $30,000, and the highest is $38,621. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 19, 1869
  • 1874 - September 14 — Battle of Liberty Place: In New Orleans, former Confederate Army members of the White League temporarily drive Republican Governor William P. Kellogg from office,
    replacing him with former Democratic Governor John McEnery. U.S. Army troops restore Kellogg to office five days later.
  • News  1878 - July 12 - Fever epidemic in New Orleans begins, it will kill 4,500
    July 12, 1878
    New Orleans, La., March 8. - The water in front of this city rose 5 inches to-day, and now marks 8 inches under the high-water mark, which is the top ... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - December 16 – The World Cotton Centennial World's Fair opens in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    December 16, 1884
  • News  February 13, 1889 - It was the coldest morning of record along the Gulf Coast. The temperature dipped to 7 above zero at New Orleans LA.
    February 13, 1889
  • News  1891 - March 14 – In New Orleans, a lynch mob storms the Old Parish Prison and lynches 11 Italians arrested but found innocent of the murder of Police Chief David Hennessy.
    March 14, 1891
  • News  1892 - THE ENGINEER WAS DRUNK. Fatal Explosion in a New Orleans Ice Factory.
    A boiler exploded in the factory of the Consumers Ice Company, at New Orleans, La., partly wrecking and setting fire fire to the building, killing ALB... Read MORE...

  • News  February 15, 1895 - Nine inches of snow blanketed New Orleans LA.
    February 15, 1895
    New Orleans, April 6. - At this writing but four bodies have been recovered from the ruins of the explosion which took place from some unknown cause a... Read MORE...

    New Orleans, April 16. - One of the most picturesque business structures in the city, known as the Moresque block, owned by Gauch & Sons, was totally ... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - SUSPENDER SAVED HIS LIFE - Discharged Soldier Attempts to Kill a Bank Runner
    New Orleans, July 17. - Charles E. Rockel, runner for the Metropolitan bank, had just entered the bank today to begin his duties, when Englehart Biber... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - New Orleans - The Crescent City by Grace King
    Sail across the blue waters of the Gulf and make your way up the mighty current of the Mississippi, like the leisurely traveler of yore, if you wish t... Read MORE...

    (By United Press Leased Wire)
    New Orleans, April 14. - An unidentified boy, 12 years old, was killed today and five persons were injured in the colla... Read MORE...

    New Orleans, Dec. 5. - (United Press). - The Old French opera house, a landmark of old New Orleans, was burned to the ground Thursday in a fire which ... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - April 15 - New Orleans LA was drenched with 14.01 inches of rain, which established a 24 hour rainfall record for the state.
    April 15, 1927
  • News  1947 - September 19 - The eye of a hurricane passed directly over New Orleans, and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.61 inches.
    The hurricane killed fifty-one persons, and caused 110 million dollars damage. It produced wind gusts to 155 mph while making landfall over Fort Laude... Read MORE...

  • 1948 - December 18 - WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960 - November 14 - Riot due to school integration in New Orleans
  • News  1973 - January 7 – Mark Essex kills 9 people at the Howard Johnson's hotel in downtown New Orleans.
    January 7, 1973
  • 1977 - November 12 - New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial
  • 1992 - Hurricane Andrew causes devastation in Florida and Louisiana
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina

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