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Geographer's Space

Gretna’s Mechanickham

Geographer's Space with Richard Campanella, Episode 9

What’s in a name? Join geographer Richard Campanella on a jaunt through history as he explores the possible origins of the name Mechanickham, or Mechanicksham, a 19th-century community in Jefferson Parish. Read more about Mechanickham in Campanella’s Geographer’s Space column in the winter 2018 issue of 64 Parishes.

Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of Cityscapes of New OrleansBienville’s DilemmaBourbon Street: A History, and the forthcoming The West Bank of Greater New Orleans (LSU Press, summer 2020). Campanella may be reached through richcampanella.com, rcampane@tulane.edu; or @nolacampanella on Twitter.