Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, a Legitimate Bidniz, and Another Postcard from New Orleans

“Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop” by John Tebeau © 2011

Yeah, Jean LaFitte. What a guy. Murder, robbery, pillage and murder. He liked murder. It’s alleged that he and his bother used a “blacksmith shop” as a front. A Legitimate Business, if you will. A place to hold sit-downs, make deals and, probably, party.

The joint (now a pub) sits at the quiet end of Bourbon Street, and is a fan favorite to this day. I rendered this little picture in ink from a photo I took recently. Enjoy, and when you’re down in New Orleans, stop by Lafitte’s. Grab a cold drink and cop one of the chairs outside on the sidewalk, facing Bourbon. I recommend sunset time. Watch the sky fade from blue to pink to black as the clouds cruise overhead like plastic shopping bags blowing over the rooftops. Then make the short hike over to Frenchmen Street and catch some local jazz. The odds are strong that you’ll have an excellent evening.

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2 responses to “Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, a Legitimate Bidniz, and Another Postcard from New Orleans

  1. Randy

    If you like Lafitte you should check out thesoutherncrossbook.com it’s a great mystery novel that brings Jean back to life!

  2. Thanks, Randy! I didn’t see this comment for so long. Just finished another good NOLA book by Dan Baum: “Nine Lives.” Excellent (nonfiction) read!

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