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Levee Work: 1903

Levee Work: 1903

New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1903. "Mule teams on the levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


The railroads

are the Alabama & Vicksburg, which ran between Meridian and Vicksburg. It later became part of the Illinois Central's greater Meridian to Shreveport line. The road has quite the history; it was first proposed in the 1830s.

As for the SICL (figuring this out took me a good half-hour), it's the Southern Iron Car Line, which according to The Railway Age of December 9, 1904, was a freight car provider.

Reporting Mark

I've only been able to find the A&V which was the Alabama & Vicksburg. The SICL (not SICV) is a mystery.

All that's left

besides the Jax Brewery is one of the four industrial buildings about midway down the levee (and the corner of Clay and Bienville) and I think that's the spire of St. Patrick's Church in the background.

Thanks for showing us a long-gone New Orleans.


Can anyone identify the A&V and S.I.C.V. railroads?


The photographer had a true artist's eye.


The brewery has the only public washrooms in the French Quarter, a dangerous situation in a city that sells beer on the streets!

Jax Brewery

The Brewery is now shops.

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