Facing Jackson Square, one should see a line of mules and their drivers ready to take visitors on a trip around the French Quarter. Now a tourist attraction, these animals played a vital role for New Orleans before the advent of motorized vehicles.…

New Orleans has been a major port since the early 18th century. Until the 1960s, warehouses stood along this part of the river. These warehouses or, wharves, used to teem with the infamous "wharf rats" that infested the area's buildings and shipping…