"Bâton-Rouge" dates back to 1699, when French explorer Sieur d'Iberville leading an exploration party up the Mississippi River saw a reddish cypress pole festooned with bloody animals and fish that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the tree "le bâton-rouge," or 'the red stick'."
|Looking up from the base.|
|LOTS of stairs....(we took the elevator underneath)|
|View from the south across the front gardens. Senate chambers to the left, House chambers to the right.|
|This photo shows some of the ornate sculptures and those gorgeous Louisiana clouds in the distance.|
|Panorama looking south, southwest and southeast.|
|It is located on a 27-acre (110,000 m2) tract, which includes the capitol gardens. View from the |
Observation Deck is on the 27th floor and overlooks Baton Rouge at a height of 350 feet.
|The Mississippi River looking west with tugs pushing barges downriver towards New Orleans.|
|Mississippi River looking SW downriver.|
|Senate chambers. Very elegantly decorated everywhere.|
|Front entrance looking from the Senate chambers down to the House chambers.|
Next, we walked across the ground in front over to the Louisiana State Museum. Nice, nice place. Great overview of Louisiana's history.
|Of course, Louis Armstrong is one of the icons of Louisiana...HUGE display on him.|
|The models, including this steamboat, were amazing in their detail.|
|The smiling dude in the foreground is only there to show the scale of the model....ignore him and take a look at all the "ropes" that were put in place on this model. What patience to put them all in one by one!|
|A full-sized shrimp boat was on display. Remember Forest Gump..."shrimp burgers, shrimp grits, shrimp fries...."?|
The last place we went to was the destroyer USS Kidd along the side of the Mississippi River and attached to the Ship and Nautical Center museum next to it.
|One of the kitchens on board...image cooking here for dozens of guys while at sea and the ship is being tossed around by waves and wind?|
The HMS Victory was Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar.
I used to put together models as a kid, especially planes so it was very cool to see all the models. Of course, these were put together with a lot more precision than I ever did!
|Full size P-40E Warhawk fighter plane on display at the museum|
|Recreation of a fighting deck on the USS Constitution.|
|These guns must've really recoiled when shot.|
|I bet these were loud when they went off|
Downtown Baton Rouge was much more interesting than we thought it would be. We usually stay away from cities....glad we did not do that with Baton Rouge.