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    Displays in Old State Capitol - FREE

    by Basaic Written Feb 28, 2015

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    Also inside is the museum which houses displays covering the history of the state, the state capitols, and the politicians who led Louisiana in those early years. Don't miss the extensive displays on Huey Long and the stuff on the resident ghost, Sarah Morgan. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is FREE.

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    Old State Capitol - Inside - FREE

    by Basaic Written Feb 28, 2015

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    Make sure you go inside though as the interior is as impressive as the outside. Lots of brass and gold plating, marble, a great winding staircase and be sure to look up and check out the stained glass in the dome. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is FREE.

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    Old State Capitol - Outside - FREE

    by Basaic Written Feb 28, 2015

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    The state capitol moved from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 1847. A spot was selected on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River for a state capitol building. The Gothic Revival style building, designed by James H. Dakin has become a showcase for the city and the state and is one of the best examples of this style of architecture in the nation. The old state capitol served from 1850 until 1862 when it was burned during the Civil War. It was rebuilt in 1882 and served until 1932. The first thing you notice as you approach the building is the way the Gothic building resembles some European castle. It is surrounded by a cast iron fence which dates from 1854. Also of note on the grounds is a boxcar presented to Louisiana from France. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is FREE.

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    Sculpture Garden at River Center/Galvez Park

    by Basaic Updated Feb 27, 2015

    There are several interesting, and some quite large, sculptures located in the open area at River Center/Galvez Park. This area is loosely associated with the Shaw Center for the Arts. The Crest (Main Photo) is the best known sculpture here and represents the city boldly moving into the future.

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    St Joseph Cathedral

    by Basaic Written Feb 26, 2015

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    The parish was established while Louisiana was under Spanish rule in 1792 and was called the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. The parish name was changed in 1812 after Louisiana became a state and Baton Rouge became more and more dominated by people speaking English. The beautiful Gothic Revival Church you see today is the third for the parish and was begun in 1853. The church was heavily damaged by Union Troops during the Civil War but was quickly repaired. It has undergone many renovations since then but has retained much of its original character. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Louisiana State Library

    by Basaic Written Feb 26, 2015

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    The Louisiana State Library is a great source for any information you are looking for on Louisiana. Genealogy, political, historical, you name it. Great section on the music and food too. I also am a big fan of architecture. Now normally, I find the more modern buildings static and boring but I kinda like the looks of this one. Hours are 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

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    Old Baton Rouge Post Office

    by Basaic Written Feb 25, 2015

    The Old Baton Rouge Post Office was completed in 1894 and is an excellent example of the Renaissance style of architecture. It served as the Baton Rouge City Hall until 1955, then became a private club. The Old Post Office is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The Roumain Building

    by Basaic Written Feb 25, 2015

    The Roumain Building was built in 1913 and was named after J. K. Roumain a prominent jeweler in Baton Rouge. It is a six-story building and is considered Baton Rouge’s first “skyscraper”. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The River Center and Galvez Park

    by Basaic Updated Feb 25, 2015

    The River Center is loosely associated with the Shaw Center for the Arts and has a couple of buildings hosting performing arts and other exhibits, an open area for concerts and an interesting sculpture garden.

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    Baton Rouge

    by Basaic Written Feb 24, 2015

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    Baton Rouge (French for Red Stick) is a city of about 230,000 located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 12. Baton Rouge is the capitol of Louisiana and the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish. Baton Rouge owes much of its political and social status to its location on the first real bluff along the Mississippi River. There is evidence of human habitation here by at least 8000 BC. The European habitation began in 1699 when French explorer Sieur D'Iberville led a party up the Mississippi. They reportedly saw a Red Cypress pole with animal carcasses on it demarking the boundary of the hunting grounds between two tribes. Thus Baton Rouge got its name.

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    windrush gardens

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    windrush gardens is located on the grounds of the LSU rural life museum. this large plot of land located just east of downtown was originally the windrush plantation. the windruch gardens is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the baton rouge urban sprawl. admission to the gardens is free.

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    Old Ferry Landing in Port Allen

    by der_geograf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's no secret that Baton Rouge is flat, so if you want a clear, unimpeded view of its skyline you have to head across the Mississippi River to the city of Port Allen, Louisiana.

    Along the Mississippi River's banks in the Baton Rouge area, federal, state, and local funds are combining to make the area more attractive. The Old Ferry Landing in Port Allen was completed in the summer of 2003, as a part of the bicentennial celebration of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The landing consists of a long walkway along the crown of the levee, with benches and old-fashioned light fixtures. There is a main "plaza" in the center, with small historical exhibit about the Louisiana Purchase.

    The specific location of the landing is significant in the area's history because it is the location where the ferry that carried cars across the river to Baton Rouge docked. When the U.S. Interstate Highway System was built through Baton Rouge in the 1960s, and the main bridge was built, the ferry was discontinued.

    It may not look like much now, but the West Baton Rouge Riverfront Development Project has grand plans in store for this particular area.

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    magnolia cemetery

    by doug48 Updated Oct 29, 2010

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    magnolia cemetery was established in 1852 and is the burial place of baton rouge's most prominent citizens. magnolia cemetery is the final resting place of a number of confederate solders who died in the battle of baton rouge. magnolia cemetery has an excellent collection of funerary art. magnolia cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    Angola Prison Rodeo

    by cynthi Written Oct 24, 2009

    If you happen to find yourself in the Baton Rouge area any Sunday in October or by luck the one weekend in April that it is held, plan to go to the Angola Prison Rodeo. Not only just a wild show (with events like "convict poker" that involves four guys staying seated while a wild bull is let loose), this is also an arts and crafts fair. The inmates are able to sell their wears - belts, purses, paintings, carved items, small furniture, and I even saw a bedroom suit! Tickets are only $10, which seemed like a steal after I went, but you must purchase your tickets (online) ahead of time, or you most likely will not be able to gain admission.

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    St. Francisville

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    Drive through the town that only takes about 1/2 hour to take it all in, but there is so much to see -if you like history, architecture, culture and the good old days gone by. It is 2 miles long and the homes and preserved structures are sites to behold. Started as a monastery in around 1773-85, it spread out to be a trading town. It was a primary source to move cotton up the river to manufacturing cities. The boll weeval, floods, and fire nearly wiped out the demand for goods, but the town stayed the same as you see it today.
    Get brochures before you come to plan visits to the antebellum homes in the area. It is fabulous.

    Absolutely a well preserved town for the US
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