When Jackson Square was first laid out in the 1720s, it looked out over the Mississippi river. In the second half of the nineteenth century, after the disastrous floods caused by a Mississippi levee failure, the original eighteenth century 3ft. high levee protecting New Orleans from flooding was heightened several times, creating a barrier between the city and the river. During the twentieth century, much of the riverfront was dedicated to industry and commerce and port authorities even erected barriers, making the riverfront inaccessible for decades.
Constructed in 1976, “The Moon Walk” was built along the Mississippi river, making it accessible from the French Quarter once again. The project was named for mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu, during whose tenure the promenade was built.
It’s a great spot where visitors and locals alike can come face-to-face with the Mighty Mississippi and beyond…