October 22, 2009

High Heels on Cobblestones, Louisiana

Photograph by Edwin L. Wisherd

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive

Because the region around New Orleans is composed of alluvial soil, there is no paving material close at hand. More than a hundred years ago the city offered a bounty to ships which would bring to the port rock ballast instead of sand. The first cobblestone pavement was laid on Gravier and Magazine Streets in 1817.

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