>Gallatin Street – The Red Light District – New Orleans


1845 New Orleans – Norman Map
Prostitutes from every nation gathered there (Gallatin Street), living a life of boisterous lawlessness and open vice.” – Storyville (Music)

“One of the areas of town that had more than its share of this activity
was Gallatin Street with its numerous saloons, dance halls and
brothels, a place the Daily Picayune described as “filled with low
groggeries, and is the resort of the worst and most abandoned of both
sexes.  Thieves, murderers, prostitutes and drunkards congregate
there.”  It was so rough the police wouldn’t even venture forth.  With
all the nightly brawls and pistol fire, it was considered a miracle if a
patron could make it out alive from this lair of nefarious criminals.
Male habitués were almost surely relieved of the contents of their
wallets after visiting one of Gallatin Street’s bordellos.  John Chase
wrote that for thirty years, “beginning in 1840, these were the
bawdiest, filthiest, wickedest two blocks in any community anywhere.” 

 From Gallatin Street, New Orleans Bar Association PDF

Needless to say…..I don’t think I share any genealogy with the women who lived on Gallatin Street! You may enjoy reading further at the Storyville website on this Valentines Day about the Red Light District of New Orleans. The map above came from this URL, by Norm Hellmers,  explaining where Gallatin likely exists today adding that it has since been renamed, Isbell.

Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Louisiana and in the Superior Court of the Territory of Louisiana:annotated edition, unabridged, with notes and references by the editorial corps of the National reporter system, Volume 5; Volume 36 (Google eBook)

Front Cover

I must admit my house isn’t the most organized, but ……you won’t be fining me $50.00 either.  I wonder what he did exactly to be brought into court?

I wonder who the police matrons of New Orleans were in 1890?  Are there any records of police matrons in New Orleans left? Certainly, it appears that there were NO Police Matrons in New Orleans on Gallatin Street in the 1850’s……

There were very few articles on LAGenWeb pertaining to brothels.  My favorite:

“….She was sent on a police raid of a French Quarter house of dubious reputation. When she returned to the office, she told colleagues she was amazed that, in the early afternoon, the women in the house “were all wearing kimonos and they all had red hair….”Obituary – Marjorie Roehl, 78, Author, Award-Winning N.O. Reporter, Submitted by N.O.V.A. July 2005 Times Picayune     11-4-1997

See also African American Obituary for 

Haynes - Helen Ceola Haynes
Attempted conversion of a brothel on St.  Louis Street
for the city's indigent.

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I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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