NEW ORLEANS REMEMBERED, 1960's.
In honor of Mardi Gras (the biggest party in the world) and in memory of K & B Drugstores, this page is in the color purple.
--CBD (Central Business District), as it looked when I arrived there in 1965.  This was long before the big hotels were built.  The skyline today is much changed.
--vintage postcard, Hibernia National Bank lobby.  (The actual building is shown in photo above and is the one on far right with a white dome.  The dome is illuminated at night--during the Carnival season, purple lighting.  Since I made frequent trips to New Orleans during the middle 60's, I opened a checking account at the Hibernia and would transfer spending money to it several days before the trip.  In those days, there were no ATMs, and there was virtually no way to cash out-of-town checks;VISA was then Bankamericard and was not in wide use. The only other alternative was to carry enough cash--not a good idea, given the nature of the city.
--one of my favorite eateries then and now.  Had my first real New Orleans bread pudding with bourbon sauce here back in 1965.
--The Greater New Orleans Bridge opened in 1958; prior to that, the folks used ferries (which are still operational today) to go between the East and West Banks.  A twin span was built next to the existing one, I believe in the 80's--it was still one span in the 60's.  On the ascent from the Algiers side, there was once a sign which read:  "Hubba, Hubba", meaning, of course, "get on up this grade as fast as you can so as not to hold up traffic!"  (New Orleans cars are famous for being in poor shape).  Today the pair of bridges is known as "The Crescent City Connection".  The toll booths on the West Bank came down when the new span opened, or soon thereafter. Crossing this bridge at night is magic--lights everywhere.  A daytime crossing makes it quite apparent just how wide Ol' Man River is!
--2 views of the Huey P. Long Bridge, built during the Long-Allen era in the 30's.  Prior to 1958 and the opening of the Greater New Orleans Bridge downtown, this was the only one to cross the River.  This bridge connects the East Bank of Jefferson Parish (south of Metairie) with the West Bank of Jeff Parish (at Bridge City, several miles from downtown New Orleans).  The span includes railroad tracks.  The roadbed is extremely narrow, the bridge extremely high--it's a scarey crossing, but what a view!
--The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.  Almost 28 miles from Metairie to the North Shore!  All over open water.  (But they say the Lake is really very shallow).  In the 60's, I would detour way out of my way at times just to cross this bridge.  There's a mid-point where land is barely visible, if at all.  Fog can be a problem--a dangerous and unnerving experience.  Also, thunderstorms.  I've experienced both out in the middle of the Lake.  The Causeway was opened as one span in the late 50's or early 60's.  A twin span was added a little more recently.  I have a friend who must cross this bridge daily--he talks about how bad the fog can get.
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--created 20 August 2000
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