[8] The portion of Louisiana that was occupied by Union troops was governed out of New Orleans. [124] Interstates 10, 110 and 12, which feed into the city, are highly traveled and connected by highways and four-lane roads that connect the downtown business area to surrounding parishes. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra has operated since 1947 and currently performs at the River Center Music Hall downtown. [28] Weiss, in turn, was gunned down shortly thereafter by members of the Louisiana State Police acting as Long's bodyguards. Baton Rouge is stimulated by many universities. The city was shut down for five days and a curfew was put in effect. [39] Between each pilaster on the outside of the House and Senate chambers is one of twenty-two square portraits of important persons in Louisiana history. [20] Proposals were drawn up for a new building, but were never acted upon due to the lack of money and more important issues.

[24] Metropolitan Baton Rouge was ranked as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. (with a population under 1 million), with 602,894 in 2000 and 802,484 people as of the 2010 census. [12][18] Under Freret, the capitol's famous spiral staircase and stained glass dome were added, as well as a fourth floor. US 61/190 Business runs west along Florida Boulevard (known as Florida Street from Downtown east to Mid City) from Airline Highway to River Road in downtown. It is the cultural and economic center of the Greater Baton Rouge metropolitan area. Baton Rouge also has rail, highway, pipeline, and deep-water access. The school system serves more than 42,850 students and with the help of 6,250 teachers and faculty, the district has shown growth and increase in its District Performance Score.

The remainder of Baton Rouge's population is spiritual but not religious, agnostic, or atheist. [48], Other large Christian bodies in the area include Methodists, Anglicans or Episcopalians, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Latter-Day Saints, and Lutherans. sfn error: no target: CITEREFForiter1909 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFSheire1977 (, U.S. National Register of Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places portal, List of National Historic Landmarks in Louisiana, List of state and territorial capitols in the United States, National Register of Historic Places listings in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, "List of National Historic Landmarks by State", "Louisiana State Capitol (Old State Capitol)", "Old Capitol (Veterans' Memorial Building)", "La. The national average is 8.7 percent in 2016. It is the second largest city in Louisiana, after New Orleans. [14][15], With the start of the Civil War in 1861, and the occupation of both New Orleans and Baton Rouge by the Union Army, the location of the state government was moved to Opelousas in 1862, and then to Shreveport in 1864. Other newspapers in East Baton Rouge Parish include the Central City News and The Zachary Post. College sports play a major role in the culture of Baton Rouge. Greyhound Bus Lines, offering passenger and cargo service throughout the United States, has a downtown terminal on Florida Boulevard. [41] The owner-occupied housing rate of Baton Rouge was 49.1% and the median value of an owner-occupied housing unit was $169,200. The Louisiana State Capitol Building was completed after only 14 months in 1932 and stands on a 27-acre tract.

The capital of the state of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. Featured in the opening scene pep rally of the 1988 film Everybody's All-American (film) with the John Goodman character climbs up the Huey Long statue. [21] In 1928, Huey Long was elected Governor of Louisiana as a populist candidate. Its name is Airline Highway from this interchange to the interchange with Florida Blvd. They elect from among themselves the mayor-president pro tempore. The Capitol Park Museum and the Old Louisiana State Capitol Museum display information on state history and have many interactive exhibits. The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou sets the familiar holiday classic in 19th-century Louisiana and has become a Baton Rouge holiday tradition. Three major rail lines, Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and Canadian National provide railroad freight service to Baton Rouge. [98] Tulane University is also opening a satellite medical school at Baton Rouge General's Mid City Campus in 2011. The architect James Dakin was hired to design the capitol building in Baton Rouge, with construction beginning in late 1847. Research hospitals have included Our Lady of the Lake, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital (affiliated with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, and Earl K. Long (closed 2013). [100] The Pennington Biomedical Research Center houses 48 laboratories and 19 core research facilities. With ample precipitation, Baton Rouge is fifth on the list of wettest cities in the United States. The city of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge have been run by a consolidated government since 1947. [44] The State Capitol is topped with a 23-foot -tall (7 m) lantern "symbolizing the higher aspirations of Louisiana. Theatre Baton Rouge offers a diverse selection of live theatre performances. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. [6], The city of Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture,[7] and growing technology center of the American South. Virginia College opened in October 2010 and offers students training in areas such as cosmetology, business, health, and medical billing.

Many live oaks were also transported to Baton Rouge; a few oaks, which were already present and were incorporated into the gardens, are over 200 years old. [37] Currently, it is also the tallest building in Baton Rouge and the seventh tallest in Louisiana. It convened for the first time in Donaldsonville in January 1830. On January 8, 1831, it became "dissatisfied with the quarters there", and adjourned shortly thereafter to return to New Orleans. Valley Rail Depot), Odell S. Williams Now And Then African-American Museum, State and territorial capitol buildings in the United States, History of the National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Louisiana_State_Capitol&oldid=981478443, Buildings and structures in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Buildings with sculpture by Corrado Parducci, Government buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in Louisiana, Tourist attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, National Register of Historic Places in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Articles to be expanded from September 2013, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 October 2020, at 15:23. Another prominent facility is the Louisiana Art and Science Museum,[75] which contains the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, traveling art exhibits, space displays, and an ancient Egyptian section. [104], The State Library of Louisiana is in Baton Rouge. Average commute time reached a new record last year", "Car Ownership in U.S. Cities Data and Map", "Louisiana to seek New Orleans-Baton Rouge passenger rail line from federal stimulus pot that Jindal called wasteful", "Educator From Egypt Will Pay Visit to City", "With Taichung, Taiwan: Sister City Relationship Endorsed by City Council", "Sister City Fun: Dinner Honors Visitors Here on Mexican Exchange", "Visiting Haitian Mayor Seeking Builders for Housing Projects", "Treasures from Provence on exhibit through September in Baton Rouge", "Twin Cities: BR signs "twinning" pact with Cordoba", "Baton Rouge seeks investment from Far East", "Turkish officials sit down with Mayor Kip Holden", "Mayor thinks Chinese plant is possible for Baton Rouge", Visit Baton Rouge Convention & Visitor's Bureau, The Baton Rouge Digital Archive from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Selected Economic Data, Baton Rouge Area, 2012, Baton Rouge Web Design & Digital Media Technology Statistics, 2018, LA Art and Science Museum (Yazoo&MS. [38], The Capitol's facade was constructed out of limestone from Alabama and is decorated with many sculptures and reliefs, and includes much of Louisiana's symbols and its history. [citation needed], Surface streets in Baton Rouge are prone to severe congestion. [96] The Chicken Shack, with multiple locations, in 2015 was reported as the oldest continually operating business in Baton Rouge. The show ran in Baton Rouge before going to Fringe, and featured movement, acrobatics, and aerial silk.[78]. It curves further southeast, towards New Orleans as it crosses Essen Lane near the Medical District.