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Natchez, Mississippi Day 1 (GA432)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 20th.

 

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

This entry was posted March 19, 2013…

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to drift SLOWLY north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England for the Summer. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there!
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Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 110 miles from Baker, Louisiana to Natchez Mississippi. I could have taken an Interstate highway but elected the little longer back-roads route. I could have stopped at a remote Corps of Engineers campground about half-way, but it was hot and humid with no Internet signal and I knew there was an electrical outlet and a fan or air conditioning waiting for me in Natchez.

 

 

Along the way I went over the new bridge near St. Francisville. When Mary and I were in this area in 2010 we had to cross the Mississippi River on a ferry. You can read about that crossing by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-iq

 

 

It’s obviously a lot faster and more convenient…but not as quaint. Another piece of America’s lost.

 

 

You can read about this new bridge by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Audubon_Bridge_%28Mississippi_River%29

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

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A few more miles along the way I went through the small Village of Morganza…population 659. You can read about Morganza by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morganza,_Louisiana

 

 

Despite being small…it does have a claim to fame. The cafe scene portion of the 1969 classic movie Easy Rider was filmed here. If you do not remember the movie, you can refresh your memory by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

 

 

You can watch a portion of this scene as it appears between 1:44 and 1:55 on the official film trailer video by clicking this link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlxqANj68U

 

 

 

 

 

The cafe was torn down a number of years ago and all that remains is a sidewalk monument in front of where the cafe was located…

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To read about the making of the movie here, click this link…
http://www.myneworleans.com/Louisiana-Life/November-December-2010/At-Last-a-Monument-for-Easy-Rider/

 

 

To see some photos of the making of the movie here, click this link…
http://www.pointecoupeehistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=8134769

 

 

 

 

 

To the left is a Baptist Church and the main intersection of town…

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Where they still have a little old gas station…

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Continuing along on Louisiana old Highways 1 and 15, the roads narrowed and have been patched over many times since they were built back in the 1930’s. This made for slow going…sometimes below 20 miles per hour. Out into the remote back country for many miles where the main occupations are farming and keeping the mighty Mississippi River in its banks.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some photos…

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Reaching civilization once again…I crossed the Mississippi River once again into Natchez, Mississippi…

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Where I’m now parked at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1662. Here’s the front view…

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And the back view showing the swimming pool area…

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And my usual dinette window shot…

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Here I have a very convenient location, an electrical and water hookup along with a very fast Internet signal compliments of the Moose Club. I expect to be here about a week.

 

 

Enjoying friendly Moose Clubs is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

 

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/corned-beef-and-rummikub/

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Forecast for today is sunny and 76 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

 

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

 

 

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

 

 

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

 

 

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

 

 

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2018

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Taos, New Mexico Day 10 (GA244)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,500+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

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The motorhome is parked at the Paradise Casino in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here for a while.

 

This entry was posted September 23, 2012…

 

The motorhome is currently parked at the Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3489. My visit to Taos is now completed and I plan to depart today for a new destination.

 

 

For today’s Blog, I’ve got some odds and ends items for you…

 

 

One thing that pops ups early on searching the Internet about Taos is that portions of the 60’s movie Easy Rider were filmed here and the Director/Co-Star Dennis Hopper lived here for a number of years and, for a celebrity, was quite visible in the  community.

 

 

If you do not know who Dennis Hopper was, by clicking this Wikipedia informational link you’ll soon know a lot about him…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hopper

 

 

If you are not familiar with the movie Easy Rider, clicking this Wikipedia link will take care of that…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

 

 

Here are a couple of photos from Easy Rider…

 

 

First a close-up of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda riding their motorcycles…

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here they are riding though the Taos Pueblo on which I did a Blog entry two days ago…

 

 

 

 

 

The jail scenes from Easy Rider were filmed at the Old County Courthouse which today houses artists co-ops. I went there the other day and took this photo….

 

 

 

 

 

The jail cells used in the movie are now part of an art gallery…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1975 Dennis Hopper was arrested and put in this cell…

 

 

You can read about that incident by clicking this link…
http://www.absolutecelebrities.com/mugshot/dennis_hopper.html

 

 

Here’s a link about Dennis Hopper being made Honorary Mayor of Taos…
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-254659

 

 

He was also a prolific photographer, painter and sculptor. He exhibited at the Harwood Museum of Art on which I did a Blog entry yesterday. Here’s a link describing that event…
http://harwoodmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/37

 

 

Dennis Hopper died in 2010. The service was held at San Francisco de Asis Church on which I did a Blog entry about one week ago. This link describes that event…
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1283918/Dennis-Hopper-laid-rest-Native-American-burial-memorial-service-attended-Jack-Nicholson-Val-Kilmer.html

 

 

If you’ve forgotten or have never seen the movie Easy Rider, you can view the entire film by clicking this link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLpJod8nt0

 

 

Dennis Hopper died when he was 73…and I’ll be 72 in December…Hmmmmm!

 

 

Moving on to another Taos celebrity…It’s reported Julia Roberts and her family live on a ranch about five miles north of town. Here’s a link about Julia…
http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/new-idea/news/star-watch/article/-/5989086/julias-little-gems/

 

 

A number of movies have been made in Taos. To view the list, click this link…
http://www.filmtaos.com/Movies.html

 

 

 

 

 

Taos is such an artsy town…they even decorate their trucks…

 

 

Taos is an interesting town. Other than a disappointing non-historic central plaza, I’ve enjoyed my visit here.

 

 

Enjoying unique towns is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

If you have not checked out my new Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE

TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!
Mary did not post on this date.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 74 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Arizona. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken at Rogue River, Oregon, October, 2017…

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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Natchez, Mississippi – Day 1

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to drift SLOWLY north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England for the Summer. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there!
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Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 110 miles from Baker, Louisiana to Natchez Mississippi. I could have taken an Interstate highway but elected the little longer back-roads route. I could have stopped at a remote Corps of Engineers campground about half-way, but it was hot and humid with no Internet signal and I knew there was an electrical outlet and a fan or air conditioning waiting for me in Natchez.

Along the way I went over the new bridge near St. Francisville. When Mary and I were in this area in 2010 we had to cross the Mississippi River on a ferry. You can read about that crossing by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-iq

It’s obviously a lot faster and more convenient…but not as quaint. Another piece of America’s lost.

You can read about this new bridge by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Audubon_Bridge_%28Mississippi_River%29

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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A few more miles along the way I went through the small Village of Morganza…population 659. You can read about Morganza by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morganza,_Louisiana

Despite being small…it does have a claim to fame. The cafe scene portion of the 1969 classic movie Easy Rider was filmed here. If you do not remember the movie, you can refresh your memory by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

You can watch a portion of this scene as it appears between 1:44 and 1:55 on the official film trailer video by clicking this link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlxqANj68U

The cafe was torn down a number of years ago and all that remains is a sidewalk monument in front of where the cafe was located…

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To read about the making of the movie here, click this link…
http://www.myneworleans.com/Louisiana-Life/November-December-2010/At-Last-a-Monument-for-Easy-Rider/

To see some photos of the making of the movie here, click this link…
http://www.pointecoupeehistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=8134769

To the left is a Baptist Church and the main intersection of town…

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Where they still have a little old gas station…

019

Continuing along on Louisiana old Highways 1 and 15, the roads narrowed and have been patched over many times since they were built back in the 1930’s. This made for slow going…sometimes below 20 miles per hour. Out into the remote back country for many miles where the main occupations are farming and keeping the mighty Mississippi River in its banks.

Here are some photos…

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Reaching civilization once again…I crossed the Mississippi River once again into Natchez, Mississippi…

037

Where I’m now parked at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1662. Here’s the front view…

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And the back view showing the swimming pool area…

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And my usual dinette window shot…

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Here I have a very convenient location, an electrical and water hookup along with a very fast Internet signal compliments of the Moose Club. I expect to be here about a week.

Enjoying friendly Moose Clubs is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1NAT

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Taos, New Mexico – Day 10

The motorhome is currently parked at the Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3489. My visit to Taos is now completed and I plan to depart today for a new destination.

For today’s Blog, I’ve got some odds and ends items for you…

One thing that pops ups early on searching the Internet about Taos is that portions of the 60’s movie Easy Rider were filmed here and the Director/Co-Star Dennis Hopper lived here for a number of years and, for a celebrity, was quite visible in the  community.

If you do not know who Dennis Hopper was, by clicking this Wikipedia informational link you’ll soon know a lot about him…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hopper

If you are not familiar with the movie Easy Rider, clicking this Wikipedia link will take care of that…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

Here are a couple of photos from Easy Rider…

First a close-up of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda riding their motorcycles…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Here they are riding though the Taos Pueblo on which I did a Blog entry two days ago…

The jail scenes from Easy Rider were filmed at the Old County Courthouse which today houses artists co-ops. I went there the other day and took this photo….

The jail cells used in the movie are now part of an art gallery…

In 1975 Dennis Hopper was arrested and put in this cell…

You can read about that incident by clicking this link…
http://www.absolutecelebrities.com/mugshot/dennis_hopper.html

Here’s a link about Dennis Hopper being made Honorary Mayor of Taos…
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-254659

He was also a prolific photographer, painter and sculptor. He exhibited at the Harwood Museum of Art on which I did a Blog entry yesterday. Here’s a link describing that event…
http://harwoodmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/37

Dennis Hopper died in 2010. The service was held at San Francisco de Asis Church on which I did a Blog entry about one week ago. This link describes that event…
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1283918/Dennis-Hopper-laid-rest-Native-American-burial-memorial-service-attended-Jack-Nicholson-Val-Kilmer.html

If you’ve forgotten or have never seen the movie Easy Rider, you can view the entire film by clicking this link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLpJod8nt0

Dennis Hopper died when he was 73…and I’ll be 72 in December…Hmmmmm!

Moving on to another Taos celebrity…It’s reported Julia Roberts and her family live on a ranch about five miles north of town. Here’s a link about Julia…
http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/new-idea/news/star-watch/article/-/5989086/julias-little-gems/

A number of movies have been made in Taos. To view the list, click this link…
http://www.filmtaos.com/Movies.html

Taos is such an artsy town…they even decorate their trucks…

Taos is an interesting town. Other than a disappointing non-historic central plaza, I’ve enjoyed my visit here.

Enjoying unique towns is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

If you have not checked out my new Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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THE MINT, ST. LOUIS CEMETERY AND A LAUNDROMAT

From Mary’s desk:

Just inside the door of the historic Louisiana Mint, you see a picture of a lovely young woman, Josephine, the daughter of the mint’s first administrator. I would never have thought that he and his family had quarters in the building. When his daughter’s  had their coming out parties, all the leading citizens were guests  inside the Mint.   Not that they were sitting on top of piles of money, or anything. Guards stayed at the door during family parties. It gave a charming touch of humanity to the staid subject of making money.

And, I was surprised to learn that women worked at the mint. They examined, weighed and filed the edges of  coins that were overweight while sitting in chairs with leather aprons attached to the table so not to lose one bit of precious silver dust. In minting money, it was thought some tasks were better performed by the small hands and delicate touch of women. Good for them!

This calculator called The Millionaire could calculate to the millions, an awesome sum in the days when bread was 5 cents a loaf.

No matter how you look at it, money is heavy stuff and it required a steel wheeled cart to move it around the building in strongly constructed wooden boxes. First made into placques, then given an edge, then stamped on each side. All coins were made individually at first.

The mint was actually commissioned by President Andrew Jackson because hard currency was needed in the area for building the west. Again, coin is heavy and must be safely transported to where it is needed. In later years, the machine above could put out  thousands of coins per hour. It rolled the edge and stamped both sides at once with 200 tons of pressure. I guess that’s why they call it hard currency.

Louisiana’s government decided to secede from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. They  took over the coining of money for a short time until the Civil War put the mint back in the hands of the United States. The Louisiana Mint  was the only one to produce  Confederate Currency.It closed in 1909.

Next, we visited the oldest Cemetery in New Orleans,  St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Graves here are above ground because the water table is so low. The crypts are broken open when another family member dies and desiccated corpses are moved from their drying “beds” to make room for succeeding generations. That way, they can hold many generations. Some crypts, like the one below, are burial places of honor for people who belonged to a particular group, such as Nuns or Priests of the same parish. This old cemetery has been ravaged by weather and many of the crypts are being refurbished.

The best kept crypts are those surrounded by a sturdy fence which suggests the graves here have been vandalized over the years.

This bouquet of roses and a heartfelt valentine were taped to this stone from a tearful husband to his beloved wife.

The movie, Easy Rider, used this  particular crypt for a movie scene without asking permission of the Arch Diocese. When the movie came out, people who knew this place were aghast at the disrespect shown. New rules were penned forbidding any such activity in a Catholic Cemetery.

We moved on to a very special laundromat on the corner of Ramparts and Dumaine.  Roomy and comfortable with benches, tables and chairs,  a juke box and a stained glass window. You might be inspired to get up and rock and roll while your clothes are washing.  The reason we came to see this unique place is because the history and pictures  of great musicians like  Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, and others line the walls of this former recording studio.

At one  time black musicians were not allowed to record in Louisiana. Most went to a Texas studio. One Louisiana  official woke up as he watched all that money going to Texas.  However, New Orleans musicians used secret little studios in the back of someone’s garage or in a corner of a restaurant after hours.

Lloyd Price, above,  was one of the musicians that Cosimo Matassa accepted into his recording studio.  The placque below is on the building.

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