Before we left home on a travel adventure across the USA, our family talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see.
Our children wanted to visit state capitals and tour state capitol buildings.
After traveling 4 1/2 months on a year-long RV road trip across the USA, our family had visited 23 states and toured 10 capitols.
For our destination in Louisiana, our family headed to Baton Rouge to see and tour the Louisiana State Capitol.
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Here’s what we saw, learned, and enjoyed at the Louisiana State Capitol.
Faith-Filled Family presents the Louisiana State Capitol
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.
The “Pioneers” statue
represents the courageous men and women who founded the state of Louisiana.
The “Patriots” statue
represents those who for Louisiana and those who lost a loved one in battle.
The entrance to the building is 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 surrounding the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana.
Above the eagles and the LA State Seal,
we saw 6 figures representing the people and countries who have ruled Louisiana over the centuries.
Louisiana has been occupied by Native Americans
and has been ruled by Spain, the US, the Confederacy, and France.
Stepping inside, we entered the Memorial Hall covered in marble.
On a guided tour of the Louisiana State Capitol building,
we learned about the history of this state.
Then we took an elevator ride to . . .
the Observation Deck on the 27th floor of this building.
The 450 ft Louisiana capitol building has 34 floors.
From 350 feet,
we enjoyed the views of Baton Rouge.
In the east,
we saw the formal rose gardens and an arsenal.
In the west,
we admired the Mississippi River.
We noticed the Pentagon Barracks,
which we had passed on our way to the capitol.
On an overcast but warm winter day,
we 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 we’d have enough time to stop and see the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial.
There wasn’t as much to see to the north.
This area is called the Chemical Corridor.
Looking to the south, we found the best view. . .
the grounds of the manicured Capitol Gardens
and a different view of the statue of Huey P. Long.
During the guided tour, we learned about Long’s assassination.
We stood in the hallway where he was shot. We saw the bullet holes in the wall.
We read about this historic event in a 1935 newspaper article.
And we learned that Huey P. Long is buried on the grounds of his dream.
As we left the Louisiana State Capitol that day,
I realized our entire family had learned a lot while roadschooling across the USA.