Blakeview: the death of Jayne Mansfield, 50 years later

The actor died in a car crash outside New Orleans on June 28, 1967
This week marks the 50th anniversary of a local tragedy that made headlines around the world: a car crash that claimed the life of actress Jayne Mansfield. On June 28, 1967, Mansfield appeared on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at Gus Stevens' nightclub in Biloxi.

Blake Pontchartrain: 'Arpents' in New Orleans

The pre-metric French measurement was widely used in New Orleans' early days
Hey Blake, Your column June 20 mentioned the word "arpent" as a unit of measurement.

Blakeview: Spanish Fort

What remains of the fort can be found near Beauregard Avenue and Lakeshore Drive
For nearly 100 years, summers in New Orleans meant spending time at Spanish Fort, a resort area built near the spot where Bayou St. John meets Lake Pontchartrain. It originally was home to what the French called Fort St. Jean (Fort San Juan to the Spanish) and was designed to protect the area from Native Americans, pirates and even the British during the War of 1812.

Blake Pontchartrain: The Saulet Plantation

From Bienville to Schwegmann
Hey Blake, What can you tell me about the history of the Saulet Plantation?

Blakeview: Luzianne

The local company is the No. 2 seller of tea in the U.S.
June is National Iced Tea Month, and that has us thinking about a local company that is the No. 2 seller of tea in the United States: Luzianne. It is a branch of Reily Foods Company, founded in 1902 by William B. Reily, a wholesale grocer from Monroe.

Blake Pontchartrain: Capdevielle Place

The park is named for the former mayor
Hey Blake, I can find a bunch of information about Paul Capdevielle, but very little about the pocket park on Esplanade Avenue that bears his name.

Blakeview: Homer Plessy, 125 years later

Plessy boarded a "whites-only" train car on June 7, 1892
This week marks the 125th anniversary of the start of a legal journey that began in New Orleans and ended in the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 7, 1892, New Orleanian Homer A. Plessy boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad bound for Covington.

Blake Pontchartrain: firefighters memorial at Greenwood Cemetery

The cemetery opened in 1852
Hey Blake, With all the talk of monuments lately, a friend re- minded me of a scandal involving the firemen's memorial at Greenwood Cemetery on Canal Street.

Blakeview: Molly Marine

Enrique Alferez's statue sits near Canal Street and Elks Place
With lots of talk about monuments recently, and with Memorial Day this week, I thought we'd revisit the history of a statue that honors not just one person but an entire group who has served our country: female Marines. The statue of Molly Marine, as she is known, was erected in 1943, the year the U.S. Marine Corps first accepted women.

Blake Pontchartrain: water towers

Two new water towers store water to prevent a pressure drop in city water lines
Hey Blake, My curiosity prompts me to ask you about the tower under construction at the Sewerage and Water Board facility on South Claiborne Avenue.

Blakeview: New Orleans snowball stands

Hansen's, Plum Street, Sal's and SnoWizard
Since the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, our thoughts turn to snowballs and some of the oldest purveyors of that uniquely New Orleans treat. Hansen's Sno-Bliz has earned a national reputation for snowball superiority.

Blake Pontchartrain: Albert Polite Jr. and New Orleans utility box art

The Mardi Gras Indian spy boy appears in Linda LeBoeuf's work
Hey Blake, On St. Bernard Avenue and North Galvez Street is one of those painted utility boxes with a Mardi Gras Indian in a bright pink suit.


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