Historical Markers in
Orleans Parish, Louisiana

114 Magazine Street 127-129 Carondelet Street 17th Street Canal Floodwall 700 South Peters 8 in. Columbaid Cannon Academy of the Sacred Heart Adams – Jones House Al Hirt Albert G. Blanchard Algiers Courthouse Algiers' Dry Docks Allard Plantation Allen Residence Allen Residence America's First Movie Theater / Vitascope Hall Andrew Jackson Hotel Annunciation Church Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial Atlantic Wall Fragments Audubon Park History Audubon Room Audubon Zoo Audubon Zoo's Whooping Crane Legacy Avart-Peretti House AZP S-60 Anti-Aircraft Gun Bank of Louisiana Bank of Louisiana in New Orleans Bank’s Arcade Battle of New Orleans West Bank Beatles Only Concert Performance in Louisiana Beech AT-11 "Kansan" Benachi-Torre House Benito Juarez Bernard de Marigny Bienville Monument Bienville's Plantation Birdsall Building Birthplace of Danny Barker Boimaré-Macarty House Boré Plantation - Audubon Park Bosque House Bradish Johnson House Brevard-Rice House Bringier – Barnett House Brothers Of The Sacred Heart Brownlee Residence Byrd Residence Café Du Monde Calle Đ Borbon Campanel Cottage Canal Street Historic District Capt. Andre Caillioux Captain Cooley's House Carmelite Chapel of St. Joseph and St. Teresa and the Carmelite Monastery Carmelite Monastery Carrollton Neighborhood Carrollton No. 1 Carrollton No. 2 Cathedral of St. Louis, King of France Central Congregational Church 1872-2005 / Celebrating Central Church's Legacy Charity Hospital Cemetery Charles Didier Dreaux Chartier Concession Christ Church Cathedral Civil Rights Pioneers / History Claiborne Tomb Classic Designs Closures – Grillwork Cola(r) Residence Colonel Short’s Villa Commagère – Mercier House Commander’s Palace Congo Square Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger" Conway’s Court Creole Cottage c. 1810 Cucullu Row D30 Howitzer D7-K Bulldozer Danny Barker & Louise "Blue Lou" Barker David Bannister Morgan De La Ronde House DeDroit Residence Denis House Dolly Marie Douroux Adams Dominique Bouligny House Dominique You Douglas A-26B Invader "Solid" Nose Douglas A-26C "Invader" Dr. Lord Beaconsfield Landry Duelling Grounds Dupaquier House Duplantier-Peniston Tomb Duverjé Plantation Edgar Degas House Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas Edison Place Edward A. Davis House Eliza Lewis Enslaved Africans Erard-Espy House Evans Creole Candy Factory Fair Grounds Race Course Fannie C. Williams / Valena C. Jones Elementary School Fauboug Marigny Faubourg Bouligny Faubourg Tremé Faulkner House First Presbyterian Church First Recording Studio of Cosimo Matassa First Unitarian Universalist Church Former site of Holy Family Sisters’ Convent Fort St. Charles Fort St. John Frances Benjamin Johnston House Francois Xavier Martin French Market Gallier House Gálvez Monument Garden District Gardette - Le Pretre House Gauche House Gen. Albert Pike General John Bell Hood, CSA Gilbert Academy and New Orleans University Gilmour – Parker House Girod House Goldsmith-Godchaux House H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Halfway Station Hardy Residence Heinemann Park/Pelican Stadium Henry "Red" Allen Hermann – Grima House Higgins Boat (LCVP) Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas Historic Algiers Holt Cemetery Homer Adolph Plessy Humphrey Family Immaculate Conception Church Importer's Bonded Warehouses - Henry Howard, Architect In Memory of All American Veterans In Memory of the First Barrow Stadium In the Protestant Section Italian Hall Italian Mutual Benevolent Society Tomb J&M Recording Studio Jack Teagarden Jackson Barracks Jackson Square - Vieux Carré Jacques Phillippe Villere Jazz Jean Adrien Delpit House Jefferson City Jefferson Davis John Julian McKeithen Jordan B. Noble Judge Fred J. Cassibry Square Judge John Howard Ferguson House Julia Row Kossuth LaBranche Buildings Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Lafayette No. 2 Lafayette Square Lake Pontchartrain Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain Basin Lakefront "Seawall" Lambert-Gallier Inn of Court Land Building Le Pavillon Hotel Le – Carpentier/Beauregard House Literary Landmark Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star" London Avenue Canal Floodwall Breach Louis Armstrong Louis D. Armstrong Louis J. Dufilho Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Louisiana Spanish-American War Monument Lower Pontalba Building M109A3 Self Propelled Medium Howitzer M161A "Half Track" M1897 "French 75" Field Artillery Gun M1937 Anti-Tank Gun M1938 (M30) Field Howitzer M1939 Automatic Air Defense G (61-K) M19A1 "Duster" M2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Gun M20 Scout Car "Greyhound" M42A1 "Duster" M47 "Patton" Tank M4A3 "Sherman Tank" M5 3 inch Anti-Tank Gun M561 "Gamma Goat" M59 Armored Personnel Carrier M60A1 "Patton" Tank M75 Armored Personnel Carrier Maison Hospitalière Maisonette Creole Manetta Residence Manuel Manetta Marcour Residence Margaret's Place and Walk / Lower Garden District Marie C. Couvent Marie Laveau Marvin E. Thames Mass Lynching in New Orleans / Racial Violence in America Mater Dolorosa Church Mayor Isaac W. Patton House McDonnell Douglas F-15A "Eagle" McDonnell Douglas F4C "Phantom II" McDonogh No. 7 Elementary School Mello Residence Merieult House Metairie And Gentilly Ridges Metairie Cemetery Metairie Cemetery Miss Susie Ellermann's House Molly Marine MT-LB Multiple Burials My Bourbon Home N/TSW-7C Air Traffic Control Center Natchez Steamboats National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor New Basin Canal New Orleans New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade Newcomb Pottery Garden Nicholas Bertoli Building Ninth Ward WWI Memorial North American F-100D "Super Sabre" North American F-86D "Sabre" Old Ursuline Convent Oliver Residence Olivier Plantation House Original Old Absinthe Bar Original Pierre Maspero’s Slave Exchange Orleans Battalion of Artillery Oscar James Dunn Our Lady of the Rosary Rectory Pat O’Brien’s Paul Capdevielle Pecquet Building Pedesclaux-Lemonnier House Picayune Pier Pierre Maspero’s Exchange Pitot House Plessy v. Ferguson Plique – La Branche House Protestant Section Provincial Motel Quartier General de la Garde Municipale R.N. Girling’s “English Apothecary” Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church Rebirth Residence of Don Manuel Lanzos Right Bank of the Mississippi River Rillieux – Waldhorn House Riverboat Cotton Bales Saint Augustine Church, New Orleans Saint Joseph Church Saint Maurice Church Saint Patrick's Church Saint Theresa of Avila Church Saint Vincent De Paul Church Shangarai Chasset - Gates of Mercy Sidney Bechet Sidney Joseph Bechet Sisters Of The Holy Family Site of First Louisiana School Site of First U.S. District Court Site Of Higgins' Industries at Delgado Trade School Site of Kolly Townhouse Site of the St. Charles Theaters Skoda 37 mm Kanon P.U.V. vz 37.L/47.6 Solomon Northup Southern Pacific Railroad Yards Southern Yacht Club St. Aloysius College St. Alphonsus Church St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church St. Charles Line St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 St. Patrick's St. Patrick's Church St. Peter Guest House Starting Point of the First Traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Sugar Wharves at the Port Superdome Vietnam Memorial Superdome Vietnam Wall Swamp People The 747 The Beginning The Birthplace of “Dixie” The Boswell Sisters The Cabildo The Clarinet The Croatian Benevolent Association of Louisiana The Dufour-Baldwin House The Faerie Playhouse The Flood of 1927 The French Market The French Opera House The Great Fire of Algiers, 1895 The Historic Lower Ninth Ward / Industrial Canal Flood Wall The Lamothe House The Manse The Naval Station The New Orleans Katrina Memorial The New Zion Baptist Church The Old Mortuary Chapel The Old Portage The Original Teddy Bear The Point The Post Magazine The Presbytère The Pythian Temple The St. Charles Line The Steamer New Orleans The Washington Artillery Park The Xiques House The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc. These Three Townhouses Third Ward World War II Memorial Thomas House Thomas Poree House Tomb of the Unknown Slave Tortorici’s Touro Infirmary Touro Synagogue Town of Carrollton Transatlantic Slave Trade to Louisiana Transatlantic Slave Trade to Louisiana Trenasse Cutter Trinity Church Episcopal Tulane Stadium U.S. Branch Bank U.S.S. Golet SS-361 / Still On Patrol United States Customhouse United States Mint Upper Pontabla Building Valence Valentine Residence Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion Verret Plantation Veterans Memorial Victor David House Visit Historic Algiers Point Walgreens 6,000th Store Warren Easton Charter High School Whitney National Bank William Charles Cole Claiborne Woldenberg Riverfront Park Work Begins on New Orleans, Spring 1718 Zimmermann Residence ZiS2 M1943 Anti-Tank Gun ZPU 4 "Buddy" Bolden "Oven" Vaults "Papa" Celestin
Louisiana was briefly an independent republic. After declaring independence from Spain in 1810, a group of Louisianans established the Republic of West Florida, which included parts of what is now Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. However, the republic was short-lived, as it was quickly annexed by the United States.
Orleans Parish, located in the southeastern part of the state of Louisiana, has a rich and diverse history that stretches back for centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Chitimacha and Choctaw peoples, who lived off the bountiful natural resources found in the marshy landscapes.

In 1682, the French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River and the surrounding area for France, including what is now Orleans Parish. The French began to establish settlements along the river, including New Orleans in 1718. The city quickly became an important hub for trade, thanks to its strategic location near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

In 1763, after the French and Indian War, France ceded the territory to Spain. However, the Spanish rule was short-lived, as France regained control of the territory in 1800 under the Treaty of San Ildefonso. Just three years later, in 1803, the Louisiana Purchase took place, with the United States acquiring Orleans Parish and the rest of the Louisiana Territory from France.

Under American rule, New Orleans continued to flourish as a center for trade, culture, and entertainment, attracting people from various backgrounds and ethnicities. The city became known for its vibrant music scene, including the birth of jazz in the early 20th century. However, Orleans Parish also faced its share of challenges, including devastating hurricanes and racial inequality during the civil rights era. Today, it remains a vibrant and dynamic part of Louisiana, with a unique blend of French, Spanish, and American influences.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

  • 1699 - French explorers first claim the area that would later become Orleans Parish.
  • 1718 - Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founds the city of New Orleans.
  • 1763 - Orleans Parish becomes a Spanish territory following the Treaty of Paris.
  • 1803 - The United States acquires Orleans Parish as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1812 - Orleans Parish is admitted as the 18th state within the United States.
  • 1835 - New Orleans becomes the largest city in the southern United States.
  • 1862 - Orleans Parish falls under Union control during the American Civil War.
  • 1874 - The Battle of Liberty Place takes place in New Orleans, reflecting ongoing political tensions in Orleans Parish.
  • 1896 - Plessy v. Ferguson, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, originates from a case in Orleans Parish.
  • 1965 - Hurricane Betsy strikes New Orleans, causing significant damage and loss of life in Orleans Parish.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans and Orleans Parish, leading to widespread destruction and loss of life.