I have a lot of facts…..so get ready…..make sure to check out the link near the bottom about Jefferson Island...very interesting if you've never heard about it.LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge (which means “red stick”) is our state capital.
Date of Statehood is April 30, 1812.
Our state flower is the magnolia.
Our state tree is the bald cypress.
Our state bird is the eastern brown pelican, but unofficially, it IS the mosquito.
Every other state in the U.S. had counties, Louisiana has parishes. Originally they were church units set up by the Spanish provisional governor of Louisiana in 1669.
The Causeway, which runs over Lake Pontchartrain, is the world’s longest bridge built entirely over water at 24 miles long.
Louisiana is America’s 2nd largest producer of natural gas. It supplies 1/3 of the total U.S. production.
Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1.3 million acres. Nationally, this ranks the state third in total islands and second in total island acreage.
Avery Island’s salt mine was discovered in 1862, making it the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.
Avery Island is home to the world famous Tabasco sauce.
Louisiana is the largest producer of oysters in the U.S.
Louisiana contains more than 6,084 square miles of water surface.
Louisiana is the nation’s largest handler of grain for export to world markets. More than 40% of the U.S. grain exports move through Louisiana ports.
Louisiana contains 41% of the coastal marshlands in the U.S.
Louisiana leads the nation in the production of crawfish with approximately 100 million pounds of crawfish per year. About half of the productions come from the Atchafalaya Basin and half from an extensive aquaculture system which involves some 135,000 acres of ponds throughout the state.
Breaux Bridge is known as the “Crawfish Capital of the World”.
Rayne is known as the “Frog Capital of the World”.
Louisiana ranks 2nd in the U.S. in both sugarcane acreage and production, with 45% of the U.S. acreage and 47% of the U.S. production. Including fallow land, 550,000 acres are grown by 804 producers with over 393,000 harvested for sugar and 34,000 acres harvested for seed.
Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the U.S.; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.
Louisiana is the only state with a large population of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians who were driven out of Canada in the 1700s because they wouldn’t pledge allegiance to the King of England.
Louisiana is home to the Evangeline Oak. Longfellow's poem, Evangeline, immortalized the tragedy of the Acadian exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. This oak marks the legendary meeting place of Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux, the counterparts of Evengeline & Gabriel.
Most of the older buildings of the French Quarter are actually Spanish. Following a devastating fire in 1788, the Spanish government rebuilt much of New Orleans in their native country’s architectural style.
The Superdome in New Orleans is the world’s largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts.
Height: 273 feet (82.3 meters), Diameter of Dome: 680 feet (210 meters), Area of Roof: 9.7 acres, Interior Space: 125,000,000 cubic feet, Total floor footage: 269,000 sq. ft. (82,342 sq. meters), Electrical Wiring: 400 miles (640 kilometers)
In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for the Louisiana Territory. 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The lands acquired stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Thirteen states were carved from the Louisiana Territory. The Louisiana Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States.
Saint Joseph's Cemetery, the only known United States cemetery facing north-south is in Rayne.
Jefferson Island…the Lake Peigneur disaster from 1980…..too lengthy to explain…amazing that no one died…..read here.http://earthdude1.tripod.com/texaco/texaco.html
My hometown is home to the oldest operating rice mill in the country, Conrad Rice Mill, which was founded in 1912.
Best-selling author James Lee Burke lives part-time in my hometown in Louisiana.
Our motto down here in Cajun Country……”laissez les bons temps rouler”, which means “let the good times roll”.