My Top 15 Posts for 2015 – This post ranked # 15
On a Road Trip Adventure across the USA, our family had a goal of seeing as many capitol buildings as our route and time allowed.
After traveling for 4 1/2 months, we had explored 23 states and toured 10 capitol buildings.
After touring 10 capitol buildings, I thought our family might be ready to check off this coal as complete.
But they didn’t.
When we decided to make Baton Rouge our sightseeing destination for Louisiana, our family was eager to see, tour, and learn about the Louisiana State Capitol.
Facts about and Pictures of the Louisiana State Capitol
(gathered from independent research and a guided tour)
The Louisiana State Capitol is 450 feet tall.
It was easy to find our way to the tallest capitol building in the US.
The 40th governor of Louisiana, Huey P. Long (served 1928-1932), dreamed of a new capitol building.
Long had to fight for the funds to build his dream during the Great Depression.
The Louisiana State Capitol cost $5 million to build and was completed in 14 months.
Huey P. Long’s statue faces his dream Capitol.
As for the building,
The entrance is reached by climbing 48 steps.
Each step is engraved with a state name. Each state is listed in order of admittance into the Union.
Louisiana became a state in 1812.
(I took a pic of our hometown state admitted to the Union in 1796.)
Since Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union after the construction of this building,
their state names were added somewhere else at a later time.
On the top step,
we found the words “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One).
This phrase is also included on the Great Seal of the United States.
On our way to the entrance,
we passed two monumental statues which flanked the 48 steps.
The “Pioneers” statue represents the courageous men and women
who founded the state of Louisiana.
The “Patriots” statue represents those who made sacrifices for the state of Louisiana –
those who fought for the state and those who lost a loved one in battle.
The entrance to the building stands at an astonishing 50 feet
and is adorned with a decorated relief of Louisiana’s natural resources and economic products.
Above the door,
we found two eagles that surround the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana.
Above the eagles and the LA State Seal,
we saw 6 figures which represent the people and countries who have ruled Louisiana over the centuries.
The two figures at each end represent the original inhabitants of Louisiana
whereas the four central figures represent the countries of Spain, the US, the Confederacy, and France.
Stepping inside, we entered Memorial Hall which I called Marble Hall.
On a guided tour of the Louisiana State Capitol building,
we learned more about the history of LA.
But what we waited to do was take an elevator ride to . . .
the Observation Deck located on the 27th floor.
(Just FYI – This 450 foot capitol building has 34 floors.)
From 350 feet,
we enjoyed spectacular views of Baton Rouge.
In the east,
we saw the formal rose gardens (it’s wintertime)
and an arsenal.
Our family discussed exploring the Old Arsenal Museum
to learn about the 1862 Battle of Baton Rouge.
In the west,
we admired the Mississippi River.
We noticed the Pentagon Buildings,
which we had passed on our way to the capitol.
On an overcast but warm winter day,
we walked around and enjoyed the views from the Louisiana State Capitol Building.
With the zoom of my camera,
I noticed and pointed out the USS Kidd to my family.
We wondered if there would enough to stop by the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial.
The views to the north weren’t as appealing as the views of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.
This area is called the Chemical Corridor.
Looking to the south, we found another spectacular view. . .
of the manicured Capitol Gardens
and a different view of the statue of Huey P. Long.
During the guided tour, we learned about the assassination of Long.
We stood in the hallway where the shooting occurred and we saw the bullet holes in the wall.
We read a primary account of this incident from a 1935 newspaper write-up.
And we learned that Huey P. Long is buried on the grounds of his dream.
As we left the Louisiana State Capitol Building that day,
I realized we had learned a lot while sightseeing and homeschooling our way across the USA.