The Port of New Orleans is the fourth largest port in the U.S. based on cargo volume. It also has the longest wharf in the world at 2.01 miles. It handles rubber, coffee, steel, containers, coal, manufactured goods, and over half of the country’s grain exports. About 6,000 vessels travel the Mississippi River each year passing thru this major hub for American waterway trade. But not everyone is allowed to see the action. With video surveillance and a felony offense for unauthorized entry, the best a Puch Maxi can do is pose in front of the one of its gated entrances.
Evacuspot statues throughout New Orleans (17 total) designate a gathering place for free transportation to safety in the event of a mandatory evacuation. They are for residents who lack the ability to evacuate in advance of a Category 3 or higher hurricane. These 14 foot, 800 pound, stainless steel statues are meant to withstand 200 years of wear and tear. The design was inspired from the gesture people use to signal for a ride and when asking for beads during Mardi Gras!
Located on the neutral ground outside of the famous music venue Tipitina’s is a tribute to Henry Roeland Byrd. He is the New Orleans musician known as Professor Longhair. Installed in 1996, the bronze plate sculpture and benches sit on a plaza in the pattern of a map of the world. The idea is to recognize the international influence of Professor Longhair’s rhythm and blues piano style that combined rumba, mambo, and calypso. So many of his songs are part of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition…which likely why someone placed carnival beads on the sculpture.
Here’s a historical marker I noticed on a Puch Maxi ride that references yet another “ain’t dere no more” New Orleans place. New Orleans University and Gilbert Academy were learning institutions administered by the Methodist Church to serve the needs of black students of the city. New Orleans University left the site in 1934 to form Dillard University with another college. Gilbert Academy (a preparatory high school) lasted until 1949 when it was torn down to build De La Salle High School, currently on the site. Wow. I learned all this after noticing a sign.
This obelisk-style stone monument really towers over my Puch Maxi. It was placed in Palmer Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Carrollton. The week-long celebration began on March 11, 1945 and included speeches, music, and parades. It was rather quiet on the day of my visit…maybe plans are underway for 175th anniversary celebration?