Robinson Atlas insurance maps of the Irish Channel neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. This image was pieced together by Maegan A. Smith from multiple image files, courtesy of Dale N. Adkins, Clerk of Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans.

This is a way to step back in time into the Irish Channel in 1880 and meet the people who made up this colorful neighborhood.  New Orleans is known as a gateway to the south and the Irish Channel has long been a haven for recent immigrants.  What started as a student project to learn how to conduct historical research using spatial analysis through GIS (geographical information systems) has grown into an avenue for others to explore the historic Irish Channel neighborhood.