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State Capitol Welcome Center, Baton Rouge

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
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The Louisiana State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in downtown Baton Rouge. The capitol houses the chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the office of the Governor of Louisiana. At 450ft tall and with 34 stories, it is the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the seventh tallest building in Louisiana, and tallest capitol in the United States. It is located on a 27acre tract, which includes the capitol gardens. The Louisiana State Capitol is often thought of as "Huey Long's monument" due to the influence of the former Governor and U.S. Senator in getting the capitol built. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.HistoryIn order to secure the mouth of the Mississippi River for the French, the town of New Orleans was founded in 1718 and became the capital for colony of Louisiana in 1722. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ceded the portion of Louisiana that was west of the Mississippi River, as well as New Orleans, to Spain and the remaining territory east of the Mississippi was turned over to Great Britain. The French reclaimed Louisiana from the Spanish in 1803 after the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800; the territory was then sold as the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. The formal transfers of Louisiana from Spain to France took place in front of the colonial seat of government The Cabildo in November 1803, with the transfer from France to the U.S. occurring there, as well, less than a month later.
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  • Like any capital city if you have a little bit of time to spare, you should walk around the downtown and check it out. This capital city sits along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and offers...  read more »
  • The Old State Capitol building is the Grande Dame of the Baton Rouge Riverfront equal in beauty to the "Painted Ladies" of San Francisco's bay area. I always enjoy "tripping" there, especially on a co...  read more »
  • A friend and I spent the day inBaton Rouge and decided to tour the lovey Art Deco skyscraper. This is such a unique state Capitol and definitely worth the visit for the view from the observation deck ...  read more »
  • WE LOVE the Baton Rouge state Capitol. Make sure that you go to the very top - the view from all around is totally worth it. Be Careful of the Shoe Shine guy - he's kind of pushy to shine your shoes - even if you are wearing shoes that can't be shined.
  • This was an incredible site to visit. It is a personal goal of mine to visit every state capital city and every state capitol building in the country. This was my fifth one and I must say that it is by far the most impressive in terms of sightseeing pleasure. The grounds outside are beautiful and the observation deck on the 24th floor was amazing. Fun fact: this is the tallest state capitol building in the country. It may not be the largest, but it is still impressive by its own right.
  • Beautiful building. Tower was closed that day so we couldn't go to the top.
  • Not hard to imagine the king's men walking these halls. Take the elevator to the observation deck for great views of BR
  • This can be probably the youngest state capitol in America.
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