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New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent: a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.

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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rive
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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
Bird's-Eye View of New Orleans
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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New Grunewald Hotel. Audubon Building and Maison Blanche. New Orleans, La.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

New Grunewald Hotel. Audubon Building and Maison Blanche. New Orleans, La.

"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 originally built by Louis Grunewald, a German immigrant, and opened in 1893 as "The Hotel Grunewald."

The original hotel building was six stories tall and faced Baronne Street. It was built after Grunewald's Music Hall was destroyed by fire in 1862. The building housed 200 rooms and opened in December 1893 to be ready for the 1894 New Orleans Mardi Gras season. The decision to build a hotel proved to be very sound as the other major hotel in the city, the St. Charles Hotel, was destroyed by fire soon after the Grunewald opened..." wikipedia

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Levee Scene
Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, La.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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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
1729 - March 15 - Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows in New Orleans
1778 - April 1 - Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, creates "$" symbol
April 1, 1778
February 13, 1784 - Ice floes blocked the Mississippi River at New Orleans, then passed into the Gulf of Mexico.
February 13, 1784
1788 - March 21 - Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
March 21, 1788
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
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
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
1854 - New Orleans
New Orleans, a city, port of entry, and seat of justice of Orleans parish, Louisiana, is situated on the left bank of the Mississippi river, about 100 miles from its mouth; 1603 miles S. W. from New York ; 1438 S. W. from Washington ; 879 S. W. by W. from Charleston ; 2025 S. S. W. from Pittsburg; 1628 S. by W. from Chicago ; 1200 S. from St. Louis ; and about 2000 S. by E. from the Falls of St. Anthony. New Orleans is built around a bend in the river, from which circumstance it has been denominated the "Crescent City." The site inclines gently from the margin of the Mississippi to wards the marshy ground in the rear, and is from 2 to 5 feet below the level of the river at the usual spring freshets. To prevent inundations, an embankment or levee, about 15 feet wide and 6 feet high, has been raised, extending 120 miles above the city, and to Port Plaquemine, 43 miles below it. This forms a delightful promenade. In consequence of the change in the course of the river opposite New... Read MORE...

1862 - April 25 - Capture of New Orleans LA by the Union under Flag Officer Farragut
1864 - October 4 - New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
April 10, 1864
1868 - September 22 - Race riots in New Orleans La
September 22, 1868
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.
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 of the levees. Two days more of a rise like that of to-day and the water will pour over the bank and into the streets of the city. The water is already percolating through the embankment in the lower part of the city. A serious break occurred in the levee at Davis Station, 19 miles above this city on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. The crevasse is said to be about 50 feet wide and very deep. One mile of the track of the Texas and Pacific Road is submerged and the trains are stopped. MR. MURDOCK, of the railroad company, is in charge of a force of men and busily engaged endeavoring to close the breach. At 10 o'clock in the forenoon a tug-boat loaded with lumber and material and a reinforcement of men left for the scene of the disaster.

Another crevasse was reported at Westwego, opposite Greenville and in the vicinity of the crevasse of ... Read MORE...

1884 - December 16 – The World Cotton Centennial World's Fair opens in New Orleans, Louisiana.
December 16, 1884
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
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
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 ALBERT COLEMAN, whose head was blown off, and fatally wounding FRANK SMITH, WILLIAM SCULLY, MORRIS G. SMITH, ANDREW JOHNSON, RICHARD M. BRADY, EDWARD WILLIAMS, MRS. COMEAUX, MRS. JOHN HILBERT and her five-year-old son.

The explosion was caused by the carelessness of a drunken engineer.

In clearing away the ruins the dead body of Assistant City Attorney FRANK B. LEE was found. He had visited the factory on business, and was supposed to have left before the explosion occurred.
The Cranbury Press
New Jersey
July 1, 1892
1895 - New Orleans
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,... Read MORE...

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 at the corner of Decatur and Ursuline streets, in a two-story brick building containing two stores and rooms on the ground floor.

One of these was occupied by EMILE BOULET as a drinking saloon; the other by CHARLES SALATHE, who keeps a grocery and ship chandlery.
The bodies found are those of CHARLES SALATHE and his wife, FELIX RIGOT, a barkeeper, and JAMES EDWARDS, employe of a fish stand.
The last body recovered was that of the babe of SALATHE. Two other children were slightly hurt, but it seems that none else was injured.
The cause was accidental.
Sterling Evening Gazette
April 6, 1895
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 destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon, entailing a loss of upwards of $400,000. The Moresque building occupied one entire block, bounded by Camp, Poydras and Church Streets and Lafayette Square and its walls were built entirely of iron, in a design known as the Moorish.

The Montgomery Furniture company and Gauch, Sons & company, crockery merchants, were the tenants of the building and both firms carried full stocks. The fire is supposed to have originated in the top floor of the Montgomery section. In a twinkling the flames were observed to shoot out of the windows and later from the roof and a general alarm called the entire fire department to the scene.

The heads of the fire department saw quickly that the Moresque building was doomed and the efforts of the firemen were directed to keeping the flames from spreading to adjacent... Read MORE...

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, a discharged soldier, slipped up behind him, and taking deliberate aim, fired. The bullet struck the juncture of Rockel's suspenders and carried it into his back.

When the suspender was pulled out from the wound, the bullet came out with it. Biber says that when he went to war he gave his deposit book for $805 to Rockel and the latter drew out the money and refused to return it to him. Rockel is painfully wounded, but will recover.

The Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
July 18, 1899
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 to approach New Orleans in the proper way and spirit; unless - which also furnishes a proper way and spirit-you wind your way down the mighty current, from some far northern starting-point. And for guidance provide not yourself with an up to date map of the United States, crisscrossed with railroads, and speckled with illegibly printed names of swarming towns. The pilot chart of the steamboat is the true informant here if you are not the fortunate possessor or borrower of some old print of the last century, one of those happy combinations of fact and imagination issued by the ancient cartographer in the effort to compromise old theories with new discoveries; charts tracked by the foot of the pioneer, not by the wheel of the locomotive, graded by the paddle of the canoe, not by that of the steamer; charts that bear record to the history as ... 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 collapse of a building at the corner of Rampart and Canal Streets. The accident occurred shortly before noon.

It was at first reported that the building in which the Shriners were meeting had collapsed.

The street was filled with persons at the time of the accident and some of the injured were in the streets.
The injured:
MRS. T. S. PARRETTI, St. Joseph, Mo.
I. ROWDNER, St. Joseph, Mo.
C. BENNETT, Cleveland, O.

What caused the accident has not yet been determined. As soon as the building collapsed, police were rushed to the scene and with firemen, began a search of the debris. It is believed that all the injured have been removed.
Spokane Press
Spokane, Washington
April 14, 1910
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 originated in the rear of the restaurant Cafe de L'Opera. The opera house was built it 1859.

ADELAID PATTI made her American debut in the old playhouse. MISS DeRESZKE and JENNY LIND, also graced the stage.

The loss is estimated at $47,000. Insurance was carried to the amount of $45,000. The entire set of costumes and scenery of the New Orleans Opera Company was destroyed, including the valuable violins of the orchestra.

The building was the scene of historical social life, all the Mardi Gras balls having been held in it for half a century.
The Star
Anniston, Alabama
December 5, 1919
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
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 Lauderdale FL two days earlier.
September 19, 1947
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
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

New Orleans is the 6th wettest city in the U.S., averaging 62.45 inches of precipitation per year.
2023 - New Orleans is a fantastic city with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant atmosphere. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the Big Easy:
French Quarter: Start your journey in the heart of the city. Walk along the cobblestone streets, explore the historic architecture, and soak in the lively atmosphere. Don't forget to visit Jackson Square, a hub of local artistry.

Bourbon Street: Famous for its nightlife, Bourbon Street is a must-visit. It comes alive in the evenings with jazz music, street performers, and a variety of bars and clubs. It's the perfect place to experience the city's festive spirit.

Café Du Monde: Treat yourself to beignets and café au lait at this iconic café in the French Quarter. It's open 24/ 7, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth anytime.

National WWII Museum: For history enthusiasts, this museum is a gem. It provides a comprehensive look at the events and impact of World War II, with engaging exhibits and artifacts.

Garden District: Take a stroll through this picturesque neighborhood, known for its well-preserved antebellum mansions and beautiful gardens. The historic Lafayette Cemetery... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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male ancestorClaude TREPAGNY (12 April 1671, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre) - 21 November 1724, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
female ancestorGenevieve BURELLE (BUREL) (1671, - April 1739, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorAntoine RIVARD (1675, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 12 February 1728, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorNicolas CHAUVIN (19 January 1676, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Sault-au-Récollet) (Côte-St-Michel) (Côte-St-Paul) - 1749, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorÉtienne ROY (8 January 1691, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité) - 3 December 1727, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorDenis DIDIER dit DROUET (10 May 1693, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation) - 25 March 1736, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorMichel Joseph VERRET (5/24/1696, Saint-Bernard Quebec, Canada - 1748, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorJean Baptiste BOUCHER dit MONBRUN (10 August 1700, Boucherville, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Famille-de-Boucherville) - January 1747, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
male ancestorJoseph COURRIER dit BOURGUIGNON (28 May 1705, Baie-du-Fèbvre, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-la-Baie-du-Febvre) - 1735, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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male ancestorLouis VIGER (20 November 1685 - ) and female ancestorMarianne GIRAUDON (GIRODON) (1699 - ) married 13 March 1722
male ancestorJean Baptiste LAFOUREE (1690 - ) and female ancestorFrancoise RIVARD dite LAVIGNE (4 July 1707 - ) married 1726
male ancestorFrancois-Antoine RIVARD (1710 - ) and female ancestorJeanne Antoinette DEVILMONT (1710 - ) married 10 February 1730
male ancestorFrançois BOUCHER dit MONBRUN (13 July 1704 - 7 September 1745) and female ancestorGenevieve-Monique RIVARD dite LAVIGNE (8 December 1708 - ) married 22 June 1733
male ancestorJean Baptiste BOUCHER dit MONBRUN (10 August 1700 - January 1747) and female ancestorFrancoise RIVARD dite LAVIGNE (4 July 1707 - ) married 9 February 1736
male ancestorJean-Guillaume CROCHET (9 September 1760 - ) and female ancestorMaria BOUDREAUX (26 May 1764 - 26 September 1821) married 14 December 1785
male ancestorMartin HUNTINGTON (28 December 1808 - 19 January 1890) and female ancestorJulia BLYDENBURG (28 February 1820 - 5 April 1903) married 2 January 1845
male ancestorThomas M CALLAHAN (December 1860 - 25 December 1925) and female ancestorOdile MON (1862 - 5 August 1906) married 30 January 1881
photo of William Joseph PURCELL William Joseph PURCELL (15 February 1849 - 19 August 1932) and photo of Margaret Mary CURRAN Margaret Mary CURRAN (13 September 1853 - 2 August 1915) married 28 December 1889

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