- Louisiana has the tallest state
capitol in the nation, at 450 feet high.
- The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans
is the largest enclosed stadium in the world.
- The Lake Charles Charpentier
District's Victorian-era homes are examples of "Lake Charles
- An example of Gothic Revivial
architecture can be found at the Old State Capital in Baton Rouge.
- The American Rose Center, located in
Shreveport, boasts 20,000 rose bushes.
- The world's most complete collection
of camellias is at the Jungle Gardens in Avery Island.
- The Louisiana Memorial to peace in
Lake Charles is home to more than 5,000 purple martins.
- Louisiana hosts more than 600
festivals each year.
- Napoleon's death mask belongs to the
Louisiana State Museum and is on display at the Cabildo in New Orleans.
- The world's largest heliport is
located in Morgan City.
- Louisiana has 15 State Historic Sites
and 17 State Parks AND 1 State Preservation Area.
- The U.S. Mint houses the New Orleans
Jazz Museum, Carnival Exhibit and Historical Center.
- The St. Charles Avenue streetcar has
been operating since 1835, the oldest line in the world.
- The U.S.S. Kidd in Baton Rouge is the
only ship on exhibit in wartime camouflage paint.
- Nottoway Plantation is the largest
plantation home in the South.
- Sci-Port Discovery Center in
Shreveport is 67,000 square feet of excitement in a hands-on children's
- Jazzland Theme Park is Louisiana's
first Disney-style theme park full of spectacular rides and the type of
shows, music and food for which Louisiana is famous.
- Louisiana, shaped like a boot with the
toe pointed eastward, is bordered by Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and the
Gulf of Mexico.
- Louisiana is the only state in the
nation divided into parishes, not counties.
- Features include pine hills, bluffs,
prairies, coastal marshes and alluvial plains. Rolling hill country, with
longleaf and shortleaf pine, is found in the upland regions.
- The Tunica Swamp, near St.
Francisville, boasts the nation's largest bald cypress.
- Louisiana has the largest variety of
plant and animal species of any of the Gulf states.
- The " longest main street" in the
world is Bayou Lafourche, stretching about 100 miles.
- Orleans Parish is the lowest point in
Louisiana, five feet below sea level.
- The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the
longest over-water bridge in the world at 23.87 miles.
- Louisiana's 6.5 million acres of
wetlands are the greatest in the nation.
- Archaeologists found remains of a
giant whale with 4-foot-long skull in Montgomery Landing.
- The highest point in Louisiana is
Driskill Mountain, 535 feet above sea level.
- Redwing, In West Carroll Parish, has a
cherry tree that sprouts from a cedar tree trunk.
- Transylvania is located in East
- Zwolle was named after a Dutch town of
the same name.
- The Feliciana Parishes (Spanish for
"happy land") were once a part of Spanish West Florida.
- Louisiana was named by French explorer
Robert de LaSalle for Louis XIV, King of France.
- The first four Acadian Families
arrived in Louisiana in April 1764.
- The oldest city in the Louisiana
Purchase Territory is Natchitoches, founded in 1714.
- Tangipahoa is the only town known to
be founded by a woman, Ms. Rhoda Holly Singleton Mixon.
- The nation's oldest community theater
is Le Petit Theatre de Vieux Carre, dating from 1919.
- The first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph
Biedenharn, lived in Monroe.
- Delta Airlines got its start in
- Southern University is the largest
predominately black university in the nation.
- Baton Rouge was the site of the only
American Revolution battle outside the 13 Colonies.
- Winn was the only parish in the state
that did not secede from the Union.
- After the Louisiana Purchase, the
formal transfer of Louisiana was made at the Cabildo in New Orleans.
- P.B.S. Pinchback, the nation's first
black governor, was Louisiana's governor during Reconstruction.
- Chalmette Battlefield is the site of
the January 8, 1815 Battle of New Orleans.
- Mound is one of the smallest
incorporated towns in the nation.
- Bogalusa is a derivative of the
Indians words for " black water."
- Opelousas is a derivative of the
Indian words for " black leg."
- Ponchatoula is a derivative of the
Indian words for " falling hair."
- Every Letter of the alphabet, except
X, begins the name of at least one Louisiana city.
- Louisiana was admitted to the Union on
April 30, 1812.
- Grambling's Eddie Robinson is the "winningest"
football coach in college history.
- Many St. Bernard Parish natives
descend from Canary Islanders sent by Spain in the 1700s.
- Monroe was originally the Spanish
outpost of Miro, named for Spanish Governor General Miro.
- DeSoto Parish is named for Hernando
DeSoto, Spanish explorer of Louisiana in the mid-1500s.
- Lake Charles is named for Spaniard
Carlos Sallier, credited for building the first home there.
- Faust was the first film made in
Louisiana, in 1908.
- The first Tarzan movie, Tarzan of the
Apes , was filmed in St. Mary Parish .
- Streetcar Named Desire was filmed in
- The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
was filmed in Clinton.
- The staircase at Chretien Point, in
Sunset, was copied for Tara in Gone With the Wind
- Steel Magnolias was filmed in
- JFK was filmed in Baton Rouge and New
- Interview with a Vampire was filmed in
Shreveport and New Orleans.
- Lolita was filmed in Covington,
Hammond and New Orleans.
- Anne Rice's Rag and Bone was filmed in
- The nation's first opera was performed
in New Orleans in 1796.
- The name "jazz" was first given to the
music of New Orleans about 100 years ago.
- Elvis got his start playing at the
Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.
- Zydeco music grew out of black Creole
- Daniel Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is
credited with making jazz popular worldwide.
- Mahalia Jackson, a native of New
Orleans, was known worldwide for her soulful gospel music.
- Beau Jocque, native of Kinder, was a
legendary zydeco artist.
- Alton Ruben, also known as " Rockin'
Dopsie," was among the first to gain fame playing zydeco music.
- Britney Spears, biggest selling female
teen artist in history, is from Kentwood.
- Shreveport artists Kenny Wayne
Shepard, Kix Brooks (of Brooks and Dunn) and country mega-star Tim McGraw
are currently certified with multi million sales.
- Sammy Kershaw, Better Than Ezra, Harry
Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Wynton Marsalis are all natives of
- Louisiana is the number one producer
of crawfish, alligators and shallots in the nation.
- Louisiana produces 24% of the nation's
salt, the most in the country.
- There are 117,518 oyster reefs in
- The salt mine at Avery Island, the
oldest salt mine in the Western Hemisphere, was discovered in 1862.
- Tabasco holds the second oldest food
trademark in the U.S. Patent Office.
- The nation's first sulphur deposit was
discovered in Calcasieu Parish in 1869.
- Steen's Syrup Mill is the world's
largest syrup plant, producing sugarcane syrup.
- America's oldest rice mill is located
in New Iberia at KONRIKO Co.
- St. James Parish is the only place
where perique tobacco is grown.
- The world's largest manufacturer of
ties is Wemco, Inc. in New Orleans.
- Grand Isle's Tarpon Rodeo, established
in 1928, is the oldest fishing tournament in the U.S.
- Toledo Bend Reservoir offers 185,000
acres of bass fishing paradise.
- Louisiana is the only state that
offers tax-free shopping to its foreign visitors.
- The International Joke Telling Contest
is held annually in Opleousas.
- BASS MASTERS Classic fishing
tournament comes to Shreveport May 15-20 with approximately 300 of the
nation's top pros competing in the final qualifying event for the world
championship of bass fishing.
- Capitol- Completed in January, 1932,
after 14 months of construction, the current State Capitol Building cost
$5 million. It is 34 stories high and provides 250,000 square feet of
floor space. The Capitol is surrounded by 27 acres of formally landscaped
- Flag- Louisiana's flag, although used
since the 1800s, was not officially adopted until 1912. The design
consists of the pelican group from the state seal in white and gold, and
a white ribbon bearing the state motto on a field of solid blue.
- Motto- "Union, Justice and Confidence"
- Seal- The state seal was a adopted in
1902 and features a pelican tearing flesh from its own breast to feed its
young. The pelicans are surrounded by the state motto.
- Songs- Louisiana has two state songs,
one of which is known worldwide, " You Are My Sunshine," written by
former govenor Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. The other song was
written by Doralice Fontane and is called " Give Me Louisiana."
- Bird- The brown pelican is Louisiana's
official bird. Pelicans are famous for their large bills, the lower
portion of which has a pouch that can be greatly extended. One of
Louisiana's nicknames is the "Pelican State."
- Colors- Gold, white and blue
- Dog- The Catahoula Leopard Dog- often
called the Catahoula Hound- is the official state dog. It is the only
breed native to Louisiana and is a cross between a breed of domestic dogs
raised by the Indians of the Catahoula Lake region and the Spanish "war
dog" that came to Louisiana in the sixteenth century.
- Flower- The large, creamy-white bloom
of the magnolia tree was designated the state flower in 1900 because of
its abundance throughout the state. The magnolia is an evergreen, and the
flower has an especially rich fragrance.
- Fossil- Petrified palmwood.
- Gemstone- Agate
- Insect- Honeybee
- Tree- The bald cypress is a beautiful
hardwood that grows all over the state, especially in swampy areas.
Some Travel information courtesy of
Louisiana Office of Tourism
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