Palmer Park Arch and Early Improvements

Stop 4 of 14 in the Palmer Park tour

Palmer Park, previously full of briar bushes and not much else, underwent some major changes in the early 20th century. In 1910, Carrollton Avenue was dug out by hand and paved; the excess mud was put onto carts and pulled by mules to the park where it was dumped. Oak trees were planted at this time as well. In 1912, the Palmer Park arch was built. Palmer Park Commission President T. M. Thompson and City Engineer Hardee designed the arch and it was funded, at the cost of $1500 dollars, by the city. The arch was originally opposed by nearby residents who did not want to see changes to the space.

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Carrollton Ave, circa 1920. <br /><br />
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Courtesy of the Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Carrollton Ave, circa 1920.

Courtesy of the Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection.

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Palmer Park Arch 1919. <br /><br />
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Courtesy of the Times Picayune October 12, 1919.

Palmer Park Arch 1919.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune October 12, 1919.

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Palmer Park Arch 1950. <br /><br />
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Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 14, 1950.

Palmer Park Arch 1950.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 14, 1950.

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The Palmer Park Arch today. Located on Carrollton Ave. near the Claiborne intersection.

The Palmer Park Arch today. Located on Carrollton Ave. near the Claiborne intersection.

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Picture of the Arch from 1947. <br /><br />
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Courtesy of Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Picture of the Arch from 1947.

Courtesy of Charles L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection.

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Kevin McQueeney, “Palmer Park Arch and Early Improvements,” New Orleans Historical, accessed March 28, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/662.

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