Picture 91.5.

On February 11, 1899, a severe cold front hit the entire east coast of the United States, including the south.  On February 12, snow began falling in Florida, and progressed west to engulf New Orleans.  The result in New Orleans was a true blizzard, with 3.8 inches of snow, high winds, and temperatures falling from the 20s into the teens.  On the morning of the 13th, temperatures were below 7°F.  This picture of the snow on Canal Street was taken on the 13th.  We are looking away from the river toward the downtown side of Canal from a point near Carondelet Street, with the old Maison Blanche building (the building with the dome and flagpole) very prominent.  This snowfall was smaller than the one three years previous (see Pictures 13 through 14), but the overall blizzard conditions were worse in 1899.  The closest streetcar is number 224, one of the group 216-229 ordered by New Orleans Traction in 1895 from Brill, having 8 arched windows.  The car at the left is hard to identify, but appears to be a Pullman in the 320-336 order by the Crescent City RR in 1896, sometimes known as “Annunciation cars.”  The other two streetcars visible in the picture are unidentified. — F. D. Edmunds


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