New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Monday, May 20, 2024
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Roosevelt Hotel

America's hero, Charles Lindbergh, flew the Spirit of St. Louis into Alvin Callender Field on October 8, 1927, less than five months after his triumphant trans-Atlantic flight. Greeted by the Mayor , city officials, naval officers, and an official reception committee, he motorcaded to Tulane Stadium, where 15,000 school children waited for him in the rain. After a brief address, he paraded through town to the Roosevelt Hotel. "Throngs surpassing in spirit the Carnival crowds lined the streets. . . , " the Picayune reported, "and from his seat on the tonneau of a touring car, unmindful of the pelting rain, the Lone Eagle looked down into waves upon waves of shouting men, women and children." That night, 700 New Orleanians gathered at the Roosevelt to honor him at a banquet--the program of which is seen here.

The Roosevelt Hotel is now the Fairmont on Canal Street.