Dryades Streetcar Maims Child

Stop 8 of 9 in the Streetcars and their Historian Michael Mizell-Nelson tour

The late journalist and historian Charles "Pie" Dufour, in what may have been his last formal interview, describes the maiming of a child on the Dryades Line in the early 1920s.

In an era when urban planners tout streetcars as engines of urban redevelopment, it is good to remember how dangerous these urban railroads could be.

Videotaped in 1993 by Ed Jackson, David Wolf, and Michael Mizell-Nelson.

Images

Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Dome, foreground

Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Dome, foreground

"Pie" Dufour was on his way to Jesuit High School, which remained at the intersection of Baronne and Common Streets, adjacent to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, until 1926. Library of Congress View File Details Page

St. John the Baptist Church, Dryades Street, circa mid-1950s

St. John the Baptist Church, Dryades Street, circa mid-1950s

St. John the Baptist Church still stands on what has been renamed Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, between Clio and Calliope Streets. The adjacent parish school was being prepared for demolition when this image was recorded. This may have been the school "Pie" Dufour refers to when relating the horrible accident he witnessed. Courtesy of Louisiana Division/City Archives, New Orleans Public Library View File Details Page

Dryades Streetcar Tracks re-emerge, 2007

Dryades Streetcar Tracks re-emerge, 2007

The Dryades Line ceased operating in 1929. Courtesy of Derek Bridges View File Details Page

Video

Late Historian Describes Dryades Maiming

Source: Videotaped by Ed Jackson, David Wolf, and Michael Mizell-Nelson View File Details Page

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“Dryades Streetcar Maims Child,” New Orleans Historical, accessed March 28, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/375.
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