Red sticks and bullet holes
Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
51Trip End Jan 01, 2010
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After spending the night, Craig and I went out and visited the capitol the next morning. Mom and Dad stayed at the motel. Interesting capitol, you do feel some gentility there, but mostly the idea of the Huey Long legacy of corruption. We saw the bullet holes in the wall where he was shot and killed. He's buried on the grounds.
Louisiana was the EIGHTEENTH state.
Date: April 30, 1812
State Nickname: Pelican State
Key Words: Bluffs, Mississippi, French, Long, Red Stick, Assassination
In 1699 Pierre Le Moyne spotted a 30-foot high maypole separating the hunting grounds of two Indian tribes. It was dripping with blood. Baton Rouge, for "red stick," is the name that stuck for this place on the bluffs of the Mississippi River.
One-third of Baton Rouge is of French descent, and the accent can be heard throughout the area. It became the state capital in 1882. The unusual capitol was built in 1932, under the aegis of Governor Huey P. Long. It has 34 stories and is 450 feet high. Long was assassinated in the lobby of the building - the walls are nicked with bullet holes - and is buried on the front lawn.
Louisiana State University (LSU) is located here. It is home of The Southern Review, one of the world's most prestigious literary journals, founded in the 1930's.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Central time zone