Blake Pontchartrain: the pumping station near Metairie Cemetery

The project was completed in 2004, 15 months before Katrina
Hey Blake, Please enlighten me about the pumping station near the Pontchartrain Expressway and Metairie Cemetery.

Blakeview: Werlein's, 175 years later

The music store got its start in 1842
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the start of the music store business that made the Werlein name synonymous with sheet music and instrument sales in New Orleans for more than 150 years. Born in Germany in 1812, Philip Werlein came to the United States at age 19.

Blakeview: K&B closes, 20 years later

Twenty years ago this week, New Orleanians were feeling blue over the loss of K&B purple. On July 21, 1997, news broke that the omnipresent drug store chain's signature color would disappear with the sale of its stores to Rite Aid, then the nation's second-largest pharmacy chain.

Blake Pontchartrain: Lake Vista Shopping Center

Hey Blake, In the Lake Vista neighborhood, I discovered the best-looking Art Deco shopping center among houses and between two churches.

Blakeview: Tom Benson

The richest man in Louisiana was born July 12, 1927
This week marks the 90th birthday of Tom Benson, a billionaire and the richest man in Louisiana. Born July 12, 1927 in the St. Roch neighborhood, Benson graduated from St. Aloysius High School (now Brother Martin).

Blake Pontchartrain: "Old Regulars" and the Choctaw Club

The Regular Democratic Organization was founded in 1874
Hey Blake, What's the word on the Choctaw Club, which was home to the "Old Regulars"?

Blakeview: Popp Bandstand in City Park

The landmark was dedicated July 4, 1917
This week we mark the centennial of a City Park landmark, Popp Bandstand, which was dedicated on July 4, 1917. The bandstand, located between the Peristyle and the old casino (now home to Morning Call) was designed to replace an older bandstand constructed in 1902.

Blake Pontchartrain: How the Causeway was built

The bridge over Lake Pontchartrain was put together "like an erector set"
Hey Blake, When you cross the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway south to north, you can feel the expansion joints somewhat, but traveling north to south, it is much worse.

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?


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