A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 26, 2018
Crawfish Town (New Orleans nickname)

New Orleans, Louisiana, has infrequently been called “Crawfish Town.” The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA) printed on August 17, 1902:

“Some residents of the upper part of the city are wont to refer to that section below Canal street as ‘crawfish town,’ because, once in a while, the street gamins catch crawfish in the open gutters, and now and then you hear of one catching a young alligator.”

“Crawfish town” was cited in print in 1905, 1906 and 1908, but the term was popularly used by track writers in the 1920s and 1930s. The “Crawfish Town” nickname has been only infrequently used since 1940.

Crawfish Town USA is a restaurant and market located in Henderson, Louisiana. This trademarked name has been in use since 1985.

Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Crescent,” “Big Easy,” “Big Greasy,” “Big Sleazy,” “Birthplace of Jazz,” “Chocolate City,” “Chopper City,” “City of a Million Dreams,” “City That Care Forgot,” “City That Forgot to Care,” “Convention City,” “Creole City,” “Crescent City,” “Gateway of the Mississippi Valley,” “Gumbo City,” “Hollywood South,” “Jump City,” “Mardi Gras City,” “Metropolis of the South,” “N’Awlins,” “Nerlins,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina), “NOLA,” “Northernmost Banana Republic,” “Northernmost Caribbean City,” “Old Swampy,” “Paris of America,” “Queen City,” “Saint City” and “Sweet Lady Gumbo.”


Wikipedia: New Orleans
New Orleans (/njuː ˈɔːrli.ənz, -ˈɔːrˈliːnz, -ˈɔːrlənz/, or /ˈnɔːrlənz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvɛlɔʁleɑ̃]) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

8 February 1865, (New Orleans, LA), pg. 8, col. 3:
... Third District (in Crawfish Town) ...

17 August 1902, The Daily Picayune (New Orleans, LA), pg. 9, col. 2:
MR. MACKIE’S CAPTURE.
Caught an Alligator and A Bullfrog in Calhoun Street.
Some residents of the upper part of the city are wont to refer to that section below Canal street as “crawfish town,” because, once in a while, the street gamins catch crawfish in the open gutters, and now and then you hear of one catching a young alligator.

21 October 1905, The Assumption Pioneer (Napoleonville, LA), “The Pioneer’s Unkind Remarks,” pg. 2, col. 3:
The (Donaldsonville—ed.) Times would rather reside in the “up-the-bayou shrimp town” than in the down-the-bayou crawfish town, ...

11 August 1906, The Assumption Pioneer (Napoleonville, LA), “Wayside Jottings,” pg. 1, col. 6:
Hist! The gentle dove of peace has thrown its soothing influence over the Pelican and Red Cross base ball clubs and Shrimptown and Crawfish town are in each others arms.

15 July 1908, Detroit (MI) Times, “Wise Money Down Right in Windsor Ring Yesterday” by E. D. Laurence, pg. 2, col. 3:
According to a message from New York, Louis A. Cella, who owns a controlling interest in the Crescent City Track, New Orleans, the anti-racing law, recently passed by the legislature of Louisiana, will be brought to a test shortly. As anti-race laws have been tested in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois, and have stood the test, things do not look very good for “Crawfish town” this winter.

31 March 1920, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “Derby Colts Given Trial At One Mile” by C. J. Savage, pg. 7, col. 3:
Several fast trials, including one at a mile in close to 1:40 were credited to him in “crawfish town,” and this was towards the close of the long season there.

19 March 1923, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “Every Move Watched As Choices Work Out At Local Track” by C. J. Savage, pg. 8, col. 8:
His win was a typical New Orleans success, as he is owned by a syndicate of Crescent City sportsmen, is trained by F. P. Lettellier, who resides there, and was ridden by jockey J. D. Mooney, who was born and raised in the “crawfish town.”

18 March 1926, Washington (DC) Post, “The Leopard Favored to Repeat” by Bert E. Collyer, pg. 16, col. 1:
EDDIE RICKENBACKER is the hot tamale mollie down in Crawfish town.

25 November 1926, The Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA), “Old Sol Routs Rain As Throngs Arrive For Tijuana Races” by Lanny, pg. 6, col. 4:
At Jefferson Park, New Orleans, the crawfish town offers its thoroughbred array, to be followed later on by the meeting at Col. E. R. Bardley’s Fair Grounds tracks.

Google Books
The Journal of Electrical Workers and Operators
Volume 37
1938
Pg. 136:
For several months I have written of old timers I remembered in cities where I had worked, and this month we’ll visit old Crawfish Town, New Orleans.

24 November 1938, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, “Turfdom’s Day of Plenty” by Jolly Roger, pg. 4H, col. 4:
First, New Orleans. Noo Awlens. Crescent City—or crawfish town...as you wish, but New Orleans never deserted racing for the single instant...thanks to liberality in customs and ways that prevails there...a freedom not enjoyed elsewhere.

Chronicling America
27 May 1939, Detroit (MI) Tribune, “Clatter of Hoofs” by Razz Brown, pg. 7, col. 5:
After twelve o’clock Tom Monroe has not hit San Antoine street yet, but when he does he will have some funny tales to tell about Crawfish town—I mean New Orleans, so I will hold tight.

Chronicling America
16 December 1939, Detroit (MI) Tribune, “Clatter of Hoofs” by Razz Brown, pg. 9, col. 4:
Jim Oakley sent me one oyster loaf from New Orleans. (...) The races at Crawfish Town are a joke.

Google Books
Nicknames of American Cities, Towns and Villages, Past and Present
By Gerard L. Alexander
New York, NY: Special Libraries Association
1951
Pg. 55:
CRAWFISH TOWN...New Orleans, La.

9 March 1957, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Turf Talk” by Art Kennedy, pg. 43, col. 1:
Maybe he won’t get to run for the roses at Churchill Downs two months hence but Federal Hill should have his own way this afternoon in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in Crawfish-town.

28 February 1959, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Turf Talk” by Art Kennedy, pg. 31, col. 1:
Hialeah features the Flamingo with $135,000 gravy; the Santa Anita sauces its 22nd presentation with $145,000 guaranteed and down in Crawfish Town, the New Orleans Handicap is suitably spiced more than $50,000 worth.

Twitter
Cruiser Begnaud
@BryceyyBoy
Replying to @fckitshelen
@fckitshelen That old Crawfish Town 😱😱😱
1:22 AM - 7 Jun 2012

(Trademark)
Word Mark CRAWFISH TOWN USA
Goods and Services IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: restaurant and bar services. FIRST USE: 19850915. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19850915
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76150971
Filing Date October 20, 2000
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition April 16, 2002
Registration Number 2590845
Registration Date July 9, 2002
Owner (REGISTRANT) Crawfish Town U.S.A., Inc. CORPORATION LOUISIANA 2815 Grand Point Hwy. Breaux Bridge LOUISIANA 70517
Attorney of Record Robert L. Waddell
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “CRAWFISH” OR “USA” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Description of Mark The mark consists of the words “CRAWFISH TOWN USA”.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20120528.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20120528
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