Baton Rouge Overview
Situated about 75 miles (121km) northwest of New Orleans along
Louisiana's winding 'Great River Road', Baton Rouge, the state
capital, is in the middle of plantation country. Surrounded by
sugar cane fields and grand plantation homes, haunted southern
mansions and beautiful gardens along the banks of the mighty
Mississippi, the city is filled with historic buildings and a
Baton Rouge was named by French explorer D'Iberville about 300
years ago when he found a red stick on a bluff overlooking the
Mississippi. Today the one-time swampland settlement is the fifth
largest port city in America, known for its riverboat casinos where
high-stakes gambling, stage shows and Cajun cuisine reign supreme.
The city has an academic side too, being home to Louisiana State
University and Southern University, the largest historically
African-American university in the nation. There are museums
aplenty, art galleries, a planetarium and active theatre and ballet
companies to complete the scene in this dynamic and diverse city.
Incidentally, Baton Rouge also has the tallest capitol building in
the United States, an art deco building dating back to 1932 that
stands 34 stories high.