Birds-eye view 1851

Birds-eye view 1851

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Birds-eye view of New Orleans, 1851, by John Bachmann. Birds-eye view 1851 "Birds' eye view of New-Orleans / drawn from nature on stone by J. Bachman [i.e., Bachmann]." The Mississippi River stands in the foreground. The view looks north to Lake Pontchartrain. Below the title: "Published by the agents A. Guerber & Co., c1851 (Printed by J. Bachman [i.e., Bachmann])."...
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Westbound Railroads from New Orleans

Westbound Railroads from New Orleans

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Westbound railroads from New Orleans originated with the NOOGW. Westbound railroads The New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad offered service to the West of New Orleans. We've talked about NOOGW in previous posts, but this particular map contains some interesting points. The NOOGW was organized in 1852. Its first fifty miles of track opened to service in 1854. This...
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Custom House preliminary design 1851

Custom House preliminary design 1851

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This Custom House preliminary design evolved over the 1850s. Custom House New Orleans The Custom House occupies the 401 block of Canal Street. The final design became the building still standing. The Custom House functions as a federal office building. Additionally, it was the former location of the Audubon Insectarium. Original Design Controversy surrounded the original Custom House design. From...
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St. John the Baptist Church 1933

St. John the Baptist Church 1933

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St. John the Baptist Church photo from 1933. St. John the Baptist Church Photo of St. John the Baptist Church from 1933. It is part of a Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). While the record lists the location of the church as Dryades Street, the current name of the street is Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. So, historically, it stood on...
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New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad 1850s

New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad 1850s

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New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad in the 1850s. New Orleans Opelousas Great Western Railroad From a collection of pamphlets and other documents, this image is titled, Sketch showing the ROUTE of the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad through Louisiana by H. Erskine Barnes Assistant Engineer This "sketch" is interesting, in that it's part of a collection of...
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Mexican Gulf Coast Railroad at Proctorville #TrainThursday

Mexican Gulf Coast Railroad at Proctorville #TrainThursday

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Mexican Gulf Coast Railroad terminated at Proctorville, Louisiana. Proctorville, Louisiana Plan for the village of Proctorville (also spelled Proctorsville). The area began as a collection of logging and fishing camps at the mouth of Bayou Yscloskey. A railroad link from Faubourg Marigny to Proctorville was built in 1837. In 1856, the federal government constructed a fort there, as part of...
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