Saturday, June 30, 2012

Metarie Cemetery New Orleans, LA.

November Obscura

Metarie was the first NOLA cemetery we visited. So huge and incredibly beautiful. Of course most of the cemeteries we saw were fabulous. 
It was Mothers Day when we went, and a lady at the entrance gate was giving out small Begonias. I named mine Metarie and took her home with me. She is thriving and blooming in the hot dry shade in my patio garden
On to the photos! As always some Wikifacts too.

Metairie Cemetery is a cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The name has caused some people to mistakenly presume that the cemetery is located in Metairie, Louisiana, but it is located within the New Orleans city limits, on Metairie Road (and formerly on the banks of the since filled in Bayou Metairie).

This site was previously a horse racing track, Metairie Race Course, founded in 1838.
The race track was the site of the famous Lexington-Lecomte Race, April 1, 1854, billed as the "North against the South" race. Former President Millard Filmore attended. While racing was suspended because of the American Civil War, it was used as a Confederate Camp (Camp Moore) until David Farragut took New Orleans for the Union in April 1862. Metairie Cemetery was built upon the grounds of the old Metairie Race Course after it went bankrupt.

The race track, which was owned by the Metairie Jockey Club, refused membership to Charles T. Howard, a local resident who had gained his wealth by starting the first Louisiana State Lottery. After being refused membership, Howard vowed that the race course would become a cemetery. Sure enough, after the Civil War and Reconstruction, the track went bankrupt and Howard was able to see his curse come true. Today, Howard is buried in his tomb located on Central Avenue in the cemetery, which was built following the original oval layout of the track itself. Mr. Howard died in 1885 in Dobbs Ferry, New York when he fell from a newly purchased horse.


Monday, June 25, 2012

NOLA- Downtown, Arts, Bywater, CBD

November Obscura

Managed to snap this photo of Satan out for a bike ride one afternoon. I thought I was able to get 2 photos, but he is a fast little shit. Of course he was smoking. Why wouldn't he be?

This was interesting. I noticed this while we were stopped at a traffic light. It was the side of a small store, and yet it seemed to serve as a sort of neighborhood bulletin board.

The Central Business District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the French Quarter/CBD Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Iberville, Decatur and Canal Streets to the north, theMississippi River to the east, the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, Julia andMagazine Streets and the Pontchartrain Expressway to the south and South Claiborne Avenue, Cleveland and South and North Derbigny Streets to the west.

 It is the equivalent of what many cities call their "downtown", although in New Orleans "downtown" or "down town" was historically used to mean all portions of the city downriver from Canal Street in the direction of flow of the Mississippi River. In recent decades, however, use of the catch-all "downtown" adjective to describe neighborhoods downriver from Canal Street has largely ceased, having been replaced in usage by individual neighborhood names (e.g., Bywater).

Bywater is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Bywater District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Florida Avenue to the north, the Industrial Canal to the east, the Mississippi River to the south and Franklin Avenue Street to the west.

Bywater is part of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, but is located along the natural levee of the Mississippi River, sparing the area from significant flooding. It includes part or all of Bywater Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Best BBQ Anywhere! The Joint is located in Bywater.

701 Mazant Street  New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-323

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