Population Statistics of Cities and Towns
in Jelly Roll’s travels, 1905 – 1941
compiled by Peter Hanley

INTRODUCTION

The information in the Population Statistics of Cities and Towns in Jelly Roll Morton’s Travels, 1905 to 1941 has been compiled from various sources.  My purpose is to show, in a condensed form, the extent of his journeys and the many places, both large and small, to which he took his unique and original music.  We are the beneficiaries of Jelly Roll’s lifelong odyssey, because he left a great legacy, which has captivated and inspired us for many decades.  Ferdinand (Jelly Roll) Morton was a true American folk hero.

© 2002 Peter Hanley


Population Statistics of Cities and Towns
in Jelly Roll’s travels, 1905 to spring 1923

City or town

Birmingham
Dothan
Greenville
Jacksonville
Mobile
Montgomery
Selma

Hot Springs

Jerome
Unspecified towns
¤

Los Angeles
Oakland
Oxnard
Pasadena
San Diego
San Francisco

Colorado Springs
Denver
Pueblo

Jacksonville
Pensacola
Tampa

Atlanta
Savannah

Blue Island
Cairo
Chicago

Indianapolis
Richmond

Louisville

Baton Rouge
Crowley
New Orleans
Shreveport

Baltimore

Benton Harbor
Detroit

Bay St. Louis
Biloxi
Clarksdale
Greenville
Greenwood
Gulfport
Hattiesburg
Jackson
Meridian
Moss Point
Natchez
Pascagoula
Vicksburg
Yazoo

Kansas City
St. Louis

Las Vegas

Unspecified towns
¤

New York City

Winston-Salem

Cincinnati
Dayton

Alton
Muskogee
Oklahoma City
Tulsa

Portland

Philadelphia

Memphis
Nashville

Brownsville
Cuero
Dallas
El Paso
Denison
Galveston
Greenville
Houston
Orange
San Antonio
Texarkana
Victoria

Seattle
Tacoma

Washington, D.C.

Unspecified towns

Vancouver, British Columbia

Tijuana

London


Paris
State

Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
Alabama

Arkansas

Arizona
Arizona

California
California
California
California
California
California

Colorado
Colorado
Colorado

Florida
Florida
Florida

Georgia
Georgia

Illinois
Illinois
Illinois

Indiana
Indiana

Kentucky

Louisiana
Louisiana
Louisiana
Louisiana

Maryland

Michigan
Michigan

Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mississippi

Missouri
Missouri

Nevada

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio
Ohio

Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Tennessee
Tennessee

Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas

Washington
Washington

Washington, D.C.

Alaska

Canada

Mexico

England

France
1900

38,415
3,275
3,162
1,176
38,415
30,346
8,713

9,973




102,479
66,960

9,117
17,700
342,782

21,085
133,859
28,157

28,429
17,747
15,839

89,872
54,244

6,114
12,566
1,698,575

169,164
18,226

204,731

11,269
4,214
287,104
16,013

508,957

6,562
285,704

2,872
5,467
1,773
7,642
3,026
1,060
4,175
7,816
14,050

12,210
708
14,834
4,944

163,752
575,238





3,437,202

13,650

325,902
85,333


14,418
10,037
7,298

90,426

1,293,697

102,320
80,865

6,305
3,422
42,638
15,906
11,807
37,789
6,860
44,633
3,835
53,321
5,256
4,010

80,671
37,714












1920

178,806
10,034
3,471
2,395
60,777
43,464
15,589

11,695




576,673
216,261
4,417
45,354
74,683
506,673

30,105
256,491
43,050

98,558
31,035
51,608

200,616
83,252

11,424
15,203
2,701,705

314,194
26,765

234,891

21,782
6,108
387,219
43,874

735,826

12,233
993,678

3,033
10,937
7,552
11,560
7,793
8,157
13,270
22,817
23,399
3,340
12,608
6,082
18,072
5,244

324,410
772,897

2,304



5,620,048

48,395

401,247
152,559


91,295
30,277
72,075

258,288

1,823,779

162,351
118,342

11,791
3,671
158,976
77,560
17,065
44,255
12,384
138,276
9,212
161,379
11,480
5,967

315,312
96,965












¤  This information comes from an unpublished article, hand-written by Morton, which was found in Roy Carew’s files. It came in response to an article about George Washington Smith and Texas by Marshall Stearns, published in Down Beat, April 1938. Morton did not mention the towns in those states mentioned above. [OMJ 53]

  Alistair Cooke, the noted BBC broadcaster, met Morton in Washington, D.C. in 1938. Cooke recalled the occasion: He was a gangling, wide-mouthed, flat-faced man with big wrists. He was playing a sour piano in a really smelly café — the sort of place where they never serve a meal, just a neon sign with two bulbs missing and a cab-driver leaning up against a glass of beer.  It was like meeting the President in a shoe-shine parlour. “London?” he said. And he fell around my neck. “Why sure, I was through that section in nineteen and thirteen [1913].” [AC 138]

Note: Towns in the USA that do not have population statistics shown above, are towns with a population of less than 5,000 in 1960, the base year for the census statistics used. Statistics for Washington, D.C. were not available for the relevant years.

© 2002 Peter Hanley


Population Statistics of Cities and Towns
in Jelly Roll’s travels, April 1923 to 1941

City or town

Los Angeles
Yreka

Montpelier

Carbondale
Chicago
Galena
Herrin

Fort Wayne
Gary
Greensburg
Richmond
South Bend

Davenport
Dubuque
Waterloo

Louisville
Paris

Baltimore
Hagerstown

Springfield
Unspecified towns
+

Benton Harbor
Lansing

Kansas City
St. Louis

Asbury Park
Atlantic City
Camden
Hightstown
Princeton

Albany
Amenia
Buffalo
Johnson City
Long Island
Madison
New York City

Bucyrus
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Dayton
Marion
Springfield
Youngstown

Canyonville
John Day

Berwick
Braddock
Harrisburg
Homestead
Indiana
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Point Marion
Pottsville
Scranton
Shamokin
Uniontown
Washington
Wilkes-Barre
York

Narragansett

Unspecified towns
¤

Keyser
Wheeling

Milwaukee

Rock Springs

Washington, D.C.

Crystal Beach, Ontario
State

California
California

Idaho

Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Illinois

Indiana
Indiana
Indiana
Indiana
Indiana

Iowa
Iowa
Iowa

Kentucky
Kentucky

Maryland
Maryland

Massachusetts
Massachusetts

Michigan
Michigan

Missouri
Missouri

New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey

New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York

Ohio
Ohio
Ohio
Ohio
Ohio
Ohio
Ohio

Oregon
Oregon

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Virginia

West Virginia
West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Washington, D.C.

Canada
1920

576,673




6,267
2,701,705
4,742
10,986

86,549
55,378
5,345
26,765
70,983

56,627
39,141
36,230

234,891
6,310

733,826
28,064

129,614


12,233
57,327

324,410
772,897

12,400
50,707
116,309

5,917

113,344

506,775



5,620,048

10,425
401,247
796,841
152,559
27,891
60,840
132,358




12,181
20,879
75,917
20,452
7,043
1,823,779
588,343
c. 1,000
17,431
137,783
21,204
15,692
21,480
73,833
47,512





6,003
56,208

457,147

6,456




1940

1,504,277




8,550
3,396,808
4,126
9,352

118,410
111,719
6,065
35,147
101,268

66,039
43,892
51,743

319,077
6,697

859,100
32,491

149,554


16,668
78,753

399,178
816,048

14,617
64,094
117,536

7,719

130,577

575,901



7,454,995

9,727
455,610
878,336
210,718
30,817
70,662
167,720




13,181
18,326
83,983
19,041
10,050
1,931,334
671,659
c. 1,000
20,194
140,404
18,810
21,819
26,166
86,236
56,712





6,177
61,099

587,472

9,827




+  Mabel Bertrand Morton mentions extensive travels in Massachusetts and other New England States in Lomax’s Mister Jelly Roll. [MJR 216]

¤  Chicago and New York: success and prosperity, Spring 1923—1931. [MSS 10]

Note: Towns in the USA that do not have population statistics shown above, are towns with a population of less than 5,000 in 1960, the base year for the census statistics used. Statistics for Washington, D.C. were not available for the relevant years.

© 2002 Peter Hanley

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