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Cemeteries, New Orleans: 34 reviews and 55 photos

  Tombs lined up along the street in St. Louis #3
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  • Tombs lined up along the street in St. Louis #3 - New Orleans
      Tombs lined up along the street in St. Louis #3
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  • High Water Table Burials - New Orleans
  • High Water Table Burials - New Orleans
  • High Water Table Burials - New Orleans
  • St. Louis #3 cemetery sign - New Orleans
      St. Louis #3 cemetery sign
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Above ground 'burials' are done in many places where there is a high water table and below sea level New Orleans is one of those places. How intrigued my dad was with the cemeteries in 1950!!

While most people seem to visit the older St. Louis #1 or one of the Metarie cemeteries, our city tour took us to St. Louis #3 - conveniently located next to the racetrack and Bayou St. John. City Park, one of the country?s largest urban parks is also nearby. In 1854 was built on a former graveyard for lepers because of a desperate need for burial space after the most ravaging outbreak of yellow fever in New Orleans history.

Since the cemetery?s opening, it has been used steadily. Today, it has over four hundred interments a year and a waiting list to purchase burial space. Even though burial plots are crowded together, broad main aisles give the cemetery a wide-open appearance. The main aisles are named after saints; the cross aisles are named for bishops and archbishops.

The cemetery contains several tombs for members of fraternal societies, vaults for priests and nuns, and tombs for many historic and prominent personages in New Orleans history including

* Estopinal, Albert b. January 30, 1845 d. April 28, 1919 US Congressman, elected to represent Louisiana's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1908 until his death in 1919. Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1900 to 1904. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

* Millet, Clarence b. March 25, 1897 d. August 23, 1959 a noted Artist. A self-taught painter, his works have been displayed at the New York World?s Fair of 1939 and the Art Institute of Chicago.

* Nash, Charles Edmund b. May 23, 1844 d. June 21, 1913 A US Congressman elected to represent Louisiana's 6th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1875 to 1877. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8:00 A.M.; Sun. & Holidays, 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Address: 3421 Esplanade Ave.
Directions: Closest Streetcar Stop: The end of the line on Carrollton Ave Spur ?Beauregard terminal?
Phone: (504)-596-3050
Website: http://www.neworleansweb.org/deadcity.html

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  • Updated Aug 8, 2005
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