View of flooded New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
The City of Sulfur is the 13th largest city in Louisiana and is named for the chemical and mining industry that helped set up Calcasieu Township in the late 1100%'s.
The town Walker became on July 9, 1909 a community under the Lawranson Law (136 of 1898) as a village.
Saint Joseph's Cemetery, the only known cemetery in the US that faces north and south, is located in Rayne.
Founded in 1813 under the Lawrason Act, Saint Francisville is the second oldest city in Louisiana.
The Union Cottonseed Oil Mill of West Monroe was already in 1883 in the planning phase. Until 1887, she provided the region with many jobs for the workers in the area. The Union Oil Mill is the oldest industry in Ouachita Parish.
French-speaking Acadians in the mid-18th century populated the Lafayette Parish region in southern Louisiana. The Acadians were joined by another group of settlers called Creoles, descendants of African, West Indian and European pioneers. At the time of the migration, Louisiana was under Spanish rule and the authorities welcomed the new settlers.
The city Kaplan is called "the most Cajun place on earth".
The city of Jean Lafitte was once a haven for pirates.
Winnsboro, the "Stars and Stripes Capital of Louisiana", is one of the most patriotic cities in America. On Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans Day, Labor Day and other special occasions, some 350 American flags fly proudly over Highway 15.
The name "Bogalusa" derives from the Indian stream "Bogue Lusa" which flows through the city.
The golden spike commemorating the completion of East-West Vicksburg, Shreveport and the Pacific Railroad was sailed on July 12, 1884 at Bossier City by Julia "Pansy" Rule. It was the first such spike driven by a woman.
Jim Bowie, the legendary adventurer and hero of the
Battle of Alamo, lived in Opelousas after moving here from Kentucky. Opelousas is the third oldest city in Louisiana.
The city of Ponchatoula is the oldest city in the municipality of Tangipahoa. Ponchatoula derives its name from the Choctaw Indian language and means "to hang hair" because of the abundance of Spanish moss on the trees surrounding the area.
The Kaplan Museum is located in the center of downtown Kaplan. The museum offers exhibitions on the seasonal festivals at appropriate times. Mardi Gras, Easter, 4th of July, Bastille Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
Rayne is known as the "Frog Capital of the World".
Records on the original surveys for the area, now called Ville Platte, indicate that surveyors had to use pirogues and flat boats to do their job properly.
Because Covington is located in a region known as the Ozon Belt, it has long been known for its clean air and clean water.
Gueydan is known as "Duck Capital of America" in recognition of its abundance of waterfowl.
Mamou calls himself "Cajun's music capital of the world."
Mamou musicians, especially the musicians who performed at Fred's Lounge, were an important force in expanding Cajun music audiences far beyond Southwest Louisiana.
The Harvey Canal Locks near Westwego connect the Mississippi to the Harvey Canal. Back in the 1100% s, the locks served as ferries to transport wagons from one side of the canal to the other. Workers would then reunite the railroad cars on land. This service may have raised the name of the city. According to a local folk tale, trainmen would scream "West We Go" when the wagons were reconnected and pulled out of the station.
Church Point is named "The Buggy Capital of the World". A festival celebrates this award annually on the first weekend of June.
The Creole house in French settlement was built of cypress wood. It is typical of the apartments that were built in the late 1100s because cypresses were so numerous in the surrounding marshes.
Fort Polk was founded in 1941 and named in honor of the legal sermon Leonidas Polk, the first bishop of the diocese of Louisiana. On March 12, 1993, Fort Polk officially became the headquarters of the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Pineville is home to a unique museum called Old Town Hall Museum. It is the only museum in the entire state of Louisiana dedicated to the city administration.
The world famous "Mardi Gras" is celebrated in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an ancient custom that originated in southern Europe. It celebrates food and fun just before the 40 days of Lent: a Catholic time of prayer and sacrifice.
The Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson a national hero, was staged in Louisiana two weeks after the end of the 1812 war and more than a month before the end of the war.
Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.
Baton Rouge hosted the Special Olympics International Summer Games 1983 at the LSU.
Louisiana has the highest state capitol building in the United States; The building is 450 feet high with 34 floors.
Louisiana is the only state in the Union that has no counties. Their political subdivisions are called parishes.
Louisiana is the only state with a large number of Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians, who were expelled from Canada in the 18th century for failing to swear allegiance to the King of England.
The Superdome in New Orleans is the world's largest steel building, free of poles.
Altitude: 273 feet (82.3 meters), Dome diameter: 680 feet (210 meters), Roof area: 9.7 acres, Interior space: 125,000,000 cubic feet, Total floor footage: 269,000 square feet (82,342 square feet), Electrical wiring : 400 miles (640 kilometers)
In Metairie is the world's longest bridge, Lake Pontchartrain Dam. The dam links Metairie with St. Tammany Parish on the North Shore. The dam is 24 miles long.
Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.
Since 1835, the New Orleans & Carrolliton Line is the oldest tram line still in operation.
Saint Martin Parish houses the largest freshwater catchment area in the world, the Atchafalaya Basin; The pool offers almost every type of outdoor activity.
Breaux Bridge is known as the "lobster capital of the world".
The first American army to have African-American officers was the Confederate Louisiana Native Guards. The Corps d'Afrique in Port Hudson was put into service on September 27, 1862.
In Louisiana, biting someone with your own teeth is a simple attack, but biting someone with false teeth is considered a serious attack.
The New Orleans Saint Charles tram line and the San Francisco, California cable car are the only mobile national landmarks in the country
Jennings is referred to as the "Garden Spot of Louisiana" for its rich and productive farmland. Jennings nickname became a "northern city on southern soil".
The flag of Baton Rouge is a field of crimson that represents the great Indian nations that once inhabited the area.
Money Magazine rated Terrebonne Parish as the best place to live in Louisiana for 3 years in a row in the heart of Cajun Country.
In 1718, the French found New Orleans and marked "Cannes Brulee" on maps upstream in the area, which is now known as the town of Kenner. French for "Burnt Sticks", Cannes Brulee was a name given by explorers who saw natives burning cane to drive off wild game.
Between 17 April 1862 and 18 May 1864, 20 major civil war battles and missions were fought on the soil of Louisiana.
In 1803, the United States paid France $ 15 million for the territory of Louisiana. 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. The acquired land spanned the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Thirteen states were carved out of the Louisiana Territory.
The Louisiana purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States.
Bayou: \ BUY-you \ N. A French name for slow "river"
Louisiana's first territorial governor, William C.C. Claiborne had great admiration for the awkward bird that dwelled in the Gulf Coast. Instead of starving his cub, the pelican would rip his own flesh to feed her. The governor's great respect for the pelican meant that he first used the pelican symbol on official documents.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog, often called Catahoula Hound, is the official state dog.
Louisiana Fast Facts & TriviaGene Wright
Louisiana Fast Facts & Trivia