New Orleans has been called the “Crescent City” since at least 1835. The “crescent” refers to the curve of the Mississippi River.
Joseph Holt Ingraham (1809-1860) probably popularized the term when he wrote in 1835: “I have termed New-Orleans the crescent city in one of my letters, from its being built around the segment of a circle formed by a graceful curve of the river at this place.”
Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Easy,” “City That Care Forgot,” “Hollywood South,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina) and “Northernmost Caribbean City.”
Wikipedia: New Orleans
New Orleans (pronounced /nuː ˈɔrliənz/ or /nuː ɔrˈliːnz/, locally [nuː ˈɔrlənz] or [ˈnɔrlənz]; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvɛl ɔʀleɑ̃] is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.
The city is named after Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans, Regent of France, and is well known for its distinct Spanish architecture, as well as its cross cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” city in America.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The boundaries of the city and Orleans Parish are coterminous. The city and parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south) and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
Nickname(s): “The Crescent City”, “The Big Easy”, “The City That Care Forgot”, “Nawlins” and “NOLA” (acronym for New Orleans, Louisiana).
Wikipedia: Crescent City
Crescent City is the name of the following places in the United States:
. Crescent City, California
. Crescent City, Florida
. Crescent City, Illinois
. “The Crescent City”, a nickname for New Orleans, Louisiana
. Crescent City Records, a record label
Wikipedia: Joseph Holt Ingraham
Joseph Holt Ingraham (January 26, 1809 in Portland, Maine – December 18, 1860 in Holly Springs, Mississippi) was an American author.
Ingraham spent several years at sea, then worked as a teacher of languages in Mississippi. He became an Episcopal clergyman on March 7, 1852.
In Natchez, Ingraham married Mary Brooks, a cousin of Phillips Brooks.
Under the pen-name F. Clinton Barrington he wrote stories for popular publications like Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion.
By Joseph Holt Ingraham, Yankee
New York, NY: Harper
From this highway streets shoot off at right angles, till they terminate in the swamp somewhat less than a league back from the river. I have termed New-Orleans the crescent city in one of my letters, from its being built around the segment of a circle formed by a graceful curve of the river at this place.
28 July 1836, Boston (MA) Weekly Messenger, pg. 4, col. 2:
THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS—BY THE EDITOR OF THE NATCHEZ COURIER.
But what dry people they are in the Crescent city!—we do not mean droll people—but dry, thirsty.
3 October 1838, New Orleans (LA) Picayune, “Correspondence of the Picayune,” pg. 2:
Her numerous friends in the crescent city will doubtless be gratified with this intelligence.
April 1843, Graham’s Magazine, “Mississippi,” pg. 215, col. 2:
Although my object is not to describe cities, yet New Orleans well deserves a passing notice. It lies on a bend of the river, and its poetical name is “The Crescent City.”
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