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Blakeview: Jean Etienne de Bore

A brief history of New Orleans' first mayor
As New Orleans prepares to elect its next mayor, we remember the city's first mayor, Jean Etienne de Bore. Born in 1740 in Kaskaskia, Illinois, de Bore was sent to France for his early education.

Blake Pontchartrain: Park Island in Bayou St. John

From "The Devil's Elbow" to city dump to Ray Nagin
Hey Blake, I recently had the pleasure of bartending at the former home of Ray Nagin, known as the Ashtray House, on Park Island.

Blake Pontchartrain: Ted Jourdan

The New Orleans baseball player broke into the big leagues in 1916
Hey Blake, I read your story about Shoeless Joe Jackson (Oct. 17).

Blakeview: The 40th anniversary of the election of Ernest "Dutch" Morial

New Orleans voters selected the city's first black mayor Nov. 12, 1977
With a mayoral runoff just two weeks way, this week we mark the 40th anniversary of the election of Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial as the city's first African-American mayor. He defeated Councilman At-Large Joseph DiRosa by more than 5,000 votes in the runoff election on Nov. 12, 1977.

Blakeview: Lafreniere Park

The park opened Nov. 6, 1982
November marks the 35th anniversary of the dedication of Lafreniere Park, 160 acres of green space in Metairie that had a history of horse racing before becoming a place for recreation. The area once was a plantation owned by Nicholas Chauvin de La Freniere, the state's first attorney general.

Blake Pontchartrain: Silvestro "Silver Dollar Sam" Carollo

Hey Blake, For years, I have read about the infamous Silvestro "Silver Dollar Sam" Carollo and his history with New Orleans.

Blake Pontchartrain: Mary Lou Widmer

The New Orleans author wrote historical novels and local history
Hey Blake, I am reading the book Lace Curtain by author Mary Lou Widmer.

Blakeview: Tad Gormley Stadium

The City Park stadium opened in 1937
The prep football season is in full swing around town, which got us to thinking about some of the names on local stadiums. They are named for gridiron greats, but most of the young athletes who play there probably know very little about their namesakes.

Blakeview: Po-boys, the Martins and John Gendusa

How a coffee stand, streetcars and a rectangular loaf made the city's signature sandwich
Update: 2017's Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is postponed to Nov. 12 due to threat of rain. On Sunday, Oct. 22, thousands of people will fill Oak Street for the 11th annual Po-Boy Festival, a celebration of the city's signature sandwich.

Blake Pontchartrain: "Shoeless Joe" Jackson in New Orleans

The player spent the 1910 season playing for the Pelicans
Hey Blake, Is there any information referencing Shoeless Joe Jackson's playing days here?

Blakeview: Storyville closes

The infamous red light district closed in 1917
This week marks the centennial of the closing of Storyville, New Orleans' famous red light district. The 16-square-block area, bordered by Basin, North Robertson, Iberville and St. Louis streets, was established by city ordinance in 1897.

Blake Pontchartrain: MLK in New Orleans

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made several visits to the city throughout the civil rights movement
Hey Blake, I enjoyed your story about the ILA Hall on South Rampart Street (Aug. 22).

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