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Entry from July 20, 2016
America’s Most Interesting City (New Orleans nickname)

America has many interesting cities. New York City was called “America’s most interesting city” in 1901. Washington, DC was called “America’s most interesting city” in 1908.

The Convention and Tourist Bureau of the New Orleans Association of Commerce promoted the “America’s Most Interesting City” slogan for New Orleans starting in July 1922. Advertisements with the slogan were take out in several American newspapers. Many books about New Orleans have used “America’s Most Interesting City” in the titles.

Other New Orleans nicknames include “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Easy,” “City That Care Forgot,” “Crescent City,” “Gateway of the Mississippi Valley,” “Hollywood South,” “Metropolis of the South,” “N’Awlins,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina), “NOLA,” “Northernmost Caribbean City” and “Paris of America.”


Wikipedia: New Orleans
New Orleans (/nuː ˈɔːrlɪnz/, /nuː ˈɔːrliənz/, /nuː ɔːrˈliːnz/, or /ˈnɔːrlənz/; 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.
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America’s Most Interesting City appears on welcome signs at the city limits.

31 August 1901, Charlotte (NC) Daily Observer, pg. 4, col. 4:
SIX DAYS IN NEW YORK CITY.
Those Going on the Observer Special Will Have Almost a Week in America’s Most Interesting City.

Chronicling America
11 March 1908, St. Johnsbury (VT) Caledonian, pg. 2, col. 4 ad:
WASHINGTON EXCURSION
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An Excellent Chance to Visit America’s Most Interesting City.

29 July 1922, New Orleans (LA) Item, “Business,” pg. 12, col. 5:
“New Orleans, America’s Most Interesting City,” is the slogan adopted by the Association of Commerce.

17 December 1922, New York (NY) Times, Resorts sec. 20, pg. 11, col. 3 ad:
Come to New Orleans this Winter
“America’s Most Interesting City”
(Convention and Tourist Bureau of the New Orleans Association of Commerce. The ad features horseracing that opens January 1st.—ed.)

23 December 1923, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, pt. 6, pg. 11, col. 6 ad:
Come to New Orleans this Winter
“America’s Most Interesting City”
(Convention and Tourist Bureau of the New Orleans Association of Commerce. The ad features horseracing that opens January 1st.—ed.)

OCLC WorldCat record
The crescent city pictorial, a souvenir dedicated to the progress of the colored citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, America’s most interesting city.
Author: Taylor, O.C.W.
Publisher: [New Orleans], [O.C.W. Taylor], [1925]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
“We believe in New Orleans” book : America’s most interesting city
Author: Bernard E Slawter
Publisher: New Orleans, La. : New Orleans States, 1926.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Here and there and now and then in New Orleans : America’s most interesting city : facts in brief alphabetically arranged
Author: New Orleans Association of Commerce.
Publisher: [New Orleans] : The Association, 1927.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
A condensed history of New Orleans : fully described, with simplified map showing distinct division of old & new sections of “America’s most interesting city.”
Author: Bob Rose
Publisher: [New Orleans], [1934]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Thru the years with New Orleans : an informal series of sketches of events that have market the growth of America’s most interesting city
Author: A J Knutson
Publisher: New Orleans : A.J. Knutson-Cartlich, ©1939.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
New Orleans, Louisiana : “America’s most interesting city” : city map with street directory, a guide to points of interest with facts and figures about industry, agriculture, history of New Orleans and Louisiana.
Author: A Hirschwitz
Publisher: New Orleans : Distributor, A. Hirschwitz, N[ew] O[rleans] : Quality Printers, [1950] [1950] ©1950
Edition/Format: Map : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Pelican guide to New Orleans : touring America’s most interesting city
Author: Thomas Kurtz Griffin
Publisher: Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub. Co., 1974.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : [Rev. ed.]

OCLC WorldCat record
Good ‘n Hearty Films presents A friend in New Orleans : a highly opinionated insider’s guide to the best of America’s most interesting city
Author: Chappy Hardy
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Good ‘n Hearty Films, ©1992.
Edition/Format: Print book : English : Collector’s ed

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