The Pig Ankle Tonk Retrospective

Author(s): Michael B. Godzinski

Year: 2018


The corner of Franklin and Customhouse in New Orleans was a lively place in the early decades of the twentieth century, but this was nothing new.  The little commercial district had been bustling at least since after the civil war.  This section of town was home to immigrants for decades prior to the official opening of the "tenderloin". The well known "honkey tonk" that would become the Pig Ankle had been the long-time home to Julia Gigoux, a French immigrant who ran a coffee house there for decades prior to the red light district.  Considerably less is known about the neighborhood prior to her tenure.  Analysis of a wood-lined privy is suggestive of the antebellum time period prior to the Gigoux occupation. A second privy documents the property's changes into the Storyville period.

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The Pig Ankle Tonk Retrospective. Michael B. Godzinski. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441419)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 826