The new book, Metairie, will be on shelves March 17th (St. Patrick's Day). I'll be doing a presentation and signing at the East Bank Regional Library (West Napoleon Ave.) at 7:00 p.m. on the 25th. Hope to see some of yawl there.
Thanks for letting me know. I just talked with a rep. from Arcadia who told me that the chains don't always have the books on the shelves on the release date, that they go through their warehouses and often this takes several weeks (but if I remember correctly, the Lake Pontchartrain book was on shelves on the release date).
I'm sorry I haven't responded sooner. My computer is on the fritz and keeps shutting down.
Looks pretty good so far. There's some maps I haven't seen yet and a pic of Old Hammond Highway before the Lake levee was built. I've been looking for that pic for years! No pics of the Blue Line streetcars on Metairie Road, though.
Lessee if I got this right, Papworth didn't like the noisy streetcars passing in front of his house, which was where Metairie Towers is today. He donated part of his land for a right-of-way so the streetcars could turn off Metairie Road and travel on Carrollton Street to Narcissus Street and then back to Metairie Road again.
That's the info I found while researching for the book. If interested, see the bibliography (last two citations but I think that info came from Henry J. Theode's History of Jefferson Parish and its People (1976).
It's weird that there are no pictures of the Blue Line streetcars, though! I understand the strip mall parking lots from Narcissus to Focis and in front of Majoria's and Sal's are vestiges of the old Blue Line right of way. Before they built the new Metairie Road bridge at the 17th Streeet Canal you could look down at the canal bottom and see the stumps of pilings that used to carry the Blue Line trestle across the canal.
but I wasn't sure. He disappeared after the presentation.
I ran a little late 'cause that @@$%%@## traffic was horrendous! I brought the Algerine to ride shotgun. Don't like to be rolling around at night alone these days. Lotta good he'd be, though. He'd probably run for help.
Very good presentation. Still reading through the book. Keep 'em comin' Dearie!
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