Decatur Street ("Rue de la Levée") is a street in the French Quarter that originates at Canal Street and runs across the French Quarter paralleling the Mississippi River. The most famous sights on Decatur Street are Jackson Square and nearby Café du Monde. In the 19th century it had many businesses catering to sailors visiting the port of New Orleans. In the late 20th century it got more upscale, including the New Orleans branch of the House of Blues, while lower Decatur Street became a center of local punk and goth subculture. On this street is the historic French Market, established in 1791 as a farmer's market, which continues to house vendors selling produce, fresh seafood, and assorted Louisiana delicacies 24 hours a day. The oldest one in the U.S., the farmer's market has been expanded and today incorporates a bustling flea market as well. Formerly known as "Levee Street", it took its present name after Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the U.S. Navy.
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