A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 08, 2017
Gateway of the Mississippi Valley (New Orleans nickname)

New Orleans has been called the “Gateway of the Mississippi Valley.” “New Orleans, the gateway of the Mississippi Valley” was printed in The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA) on June 15, 1883. “New Orleans—The Gateway of the Mississippi” was printed in a 1904 newspaper ad for the New St. Charles Hotel. “Metropolis of the South, the Gateway to the Mississippi Valley and the Panama Canal” was printed in a 1914 newspaper.
“New Orleans is the gateway to the Mississippi Valley” was cited in a 1911 newspaper. “Gateway to”—rather than “gateway of”—became popular in the 1910s.
Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Crescent,” “Big Easy,” “Big Greasy,” “Big Sleazy,” “Birthplace of Jazz,” “Chocolate City,” “Chopper City,” “City of a Million Dreams,” “City of Yes,” “City That Care Forgot,” “City That Forgot to Care,” “Convention City,” “Crawfish Town,” “Creole City,” “Crescent City,” “Erb City,” “Gumbo City,” “Hollywood South,” “Jump City,” “Mardi Gras City,” “Metropolis of the South,” “N’Awlins,” “Necropolis of the South,” “Nerlins,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina), “NOLA,” “Northernmost Banana Republic,” “Northernmost Caribbean City,” “Old Swampy,” “Paris of America,” “Queen City,” “Saint City,” “Silicon Bayou,” “Silicon Swamp” and “Sweet Lady Gumbo.”
Wikipedia: New Orleans
New Orleans (/nuː ˈɔːrlᵻnz, -ˈɔːrli.ənz, -ɔːrˈliːnz/, or /ˈnɔːrlᵻnz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvɛlɔʁleɑ̃] ( listen)) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The New Orleans metropolitan area (New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area) had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States. The New Orleans–Metairie–Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area, a larger trading area, had a 2010 population of 1,452,502.
15 June 1883, The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “Board of Health,” pg. 2, col. 2:
The President read a paper on the difficulty of eradicating small pox from New Orleans, the gateway of the Mississippi Valley, because the population of eight Southern States comprised in the valley have a white population of 7,874,000 whites and 3, 158,000 negroes.
16 November 1883, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, “Washington Waifs,” pg. 2, col. 1:
Naturally the ports having the largest commercial transactions are danger points to be watched with the greatest solicitude, and commensurate with the commerce of New Orleans (the great gateway of the Mississippi Valley) was the activity and increasing vigilance of the State board of health of Louisiana.
21 December 1895, The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “The Mouth of the River,” pg. 4, col. 4:
In the meantime any projects which will ad to and improve the commercial facilities of New Orleans as the gateway of the Mississippi valley should have due consideration.
17 December 1904, Brooklyn (NY) Life, pg. 4, col. 2 ad:
“The Gateway of the Mississippi.”
23 March 1911, The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA), “News And Notables At The New Orleans Hotels. Good Roads Would Make This City Sought,” pg. 9, col. 2:
The Gateway to the Valley.
“I (J. E. Bolles, of Detroit—ed.) really see now that New Orleans is the gateway to the Mississippi Valley.”
19 August 1911, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, “Help New Orleans Send First Ship,” pg. 3, col. 5:
“If you inform us how we can best aid you we will immediately and enthusiastically enter upon a campaign to secure for New Orleans—the gateway to the Mississippi valley—this great commercial privilege which it so richly deserves.”
2 February 1914, Daily Herald (Biloxi, MS), “St. Louis Trying to Defeat South,” pg. 7, col. 6:
That we believe such as bank should be located in the Metropolis of the South, the Gateway to the Mississippi Valley and the Panama Canal, may be taken for granted.
(General Manager M. B. Trezevant of the New Orleans Association of Commerce.—ed.)
OCLC WorldCat record
New Orleans, Louisiana. Metropolis of the South. Gateway to the Mississippi Valley.
Author: New Orleans Press Club.
Publisher: New Orleans, New Orleans Press Club, 1916.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Google Books
The Story of the River Front at New Orleans
By Raymond J. Martinez
New Orleans, LA: Pelican Press
Pg. 8:
They later made New Orleans more than ever the gateway to the Mississippi Valley by developing the trade as far up as St. Louis.
Devil Down South: There is but one New Orleans; Queen City of the Inland Sea; Gateway to the Mississippi Valley;... http://bit.ly/kQuhh4
3:32 PM - 6 Jun 2011
Google Books
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide New Orleans
New York, NY: DK
Pg. 182:
As the gateway to the Mississippi, New Orleans has long been a place for buying and selling goods, and it still maintains a talent for filling its stores with irresistible treasures.
December 20th 2015
The City That Care Forgot
In 1919 an article began circulating in US newspapers advertising and describing New Orleans as “The Gateway to the Mississippi Valley.” (...) And the designation of New Orleans as said gateway first appears in the 25th anniversary of Algiers’ newspaper The Herald published on the 27th June 1918.

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