Louisiana State Capitol

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)

state capitol drive baton rouge LA state capitol in the distance

The Louisiana State Capitol is 450 feet tall.
It was easy to find our way to the tallest capitol building in the US.

statue of huey p. long in baton rouge

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 long looks at LA state capitol

Huey P. Long’s statue faces his dream Capitol.

As for the building,

48 steps to entrance LA state capitolalmost to the top

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.) steps LA state capitol engraved with state names

Since Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union after the construction of this building,
their state names were added somewhere else at a later time.

LA state capitol

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 state at LA state capitol the Patriots statue at LA state capitol

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.

entrance of LA state capitol

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,

LA state seal flanked by eagles

we found two eagles that surround the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana.

Above the eagles and the LA State Seal,

exterior of LA state capitol

we saw 6 figures which represent the people and countries who have ruled Louisiana over the centuries.

natives of LA figure represent country ruled LA

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.

country flags that ruled LA displayed in LA state capitol

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 . . .

observation deck at 27th floor of LA state capitol

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,

view from atop LA state capitol old arsenal museum in baton rouge

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,

view of MS river from atop LA state capitol

we admired the Mississippi River.

pentagon buildings in baton rouge

We noticed the Pentagon Buildings,

pentagon buildings in baton rouge

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.

view of MS river from baton rouge

With the zoom of my camera,

uss kidd on MS river in baton rouge

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.

view from atop LA state capitol chemical corridor in baton rouge

This area is called the Chemical Corridor.

Looking to the south, we found another spectacular view. . .

view of gardens in front of LA state capitol

of the manicured Capitol Gardens

close-up of gardens in front of LA state capitol statue of huey long in baton rouge

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,

walking away from LA state capitol LA state capitol

I realized we had learned a lot while sightseeing and homeschooling our way across the USA.

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