Maps of Historic Gaming Dens

Stop 4 of 9 in the Early 20th-Century Gaming in the Free State of Jefferson tour

Clubs often changed owners, locations and names, but the general area and primary circle of families involved with the clubs remained largely consistent. While the gaming activity was illegal, it was largely tolerated (when not explicitly supported) by the public and police, until Tennessee Senator Estes Kaefauver's investigations began the process that led them to shut down in the 1950s. The club owners were often associated with organized crime rings, and many have suggested that the New Orleans illegal gambling circuit was the proto-type for Las Vegas casinos.

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Map of Historic Gaming Dens in Jefferson Parish.

Map of Historic Gaming Dens in Jefferson Parish.

This map shows the location of several gaming dens/gambling clubs in the Jefferson Parish area in the 1930s-60s. Map Created by Al Kleindienst View File Details Page

Historic Gaming Clubs in the Greater New Orleans Area

Historic Gaming Clubs in the Greater New Orleans Area

This map shows the locations of many gambling clubs from the 1920s-1950s. St. Bernard Parish and Gretna also supported such clubs. Map Courtesy of Al Kleindienst View File Details Page

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Christina Lawrence, “Maps of Historic Gaming Dens,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 28, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/440.
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