Baton Rogue is the inspiring capital of Louisiana. It is the second-largest city in Louisiana. It is in southeastern Louisiana on the Mississippi River. The Port of Greater Baton Rogue is the farthest upstream port capable of handling large tonnage of shipped goods.
Habitation of the Baton Rogue area dates back to between 12000 and 6500 BC. More recently it has been settled and ruled by French, British, Spanish, West Floridian, the Confederacy, and the United States. Baton Rogue was incorporated in 1817. It became the state capital in 1846. During the Civil War the capital was moved, however returned to Baton Rogue in 1882.
Economically, the area is focused on industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture, and technology industries. The government and education employs many residents. Louisiana State University, Southern University, Our Lady of the Lake, community colleges, and others, in addition to public schools, employee many residents as well.
Baton Rogue has a mix of cultures including Cajun, Creole Catholics, and Baptists. Different heritages and a large student population add to the cultural influence. Arts and theatre are significant aspects of the culture. There are many events including Mardi Gras parades. Miss USA pageants have been held in the city. The State Library of Louisiana and other libraries add to tourism, and recreation and sports. There is a collection of parks and the Baton Rogue Zoo has over 1800 species.
There are Army and Marine stations in Baton Rogue. Be inspired! Have a bright day!