Louisiana Monuments

Louisiana Monuments
Louisiana's rich and colorful history has spawned many monuments throughout the state, from Poverty Point to the Jackson Barracks. Despite damages from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the state maintains its beautiful culture and history from the Capitol to the banks of the Mississippi.

Baton Rouge Monuments

In the heart of the state's capitol, tourists and locals alike will find the Old State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, Magnolia Mound Plantation House and the USS Kidd.

According to Baton-Rouge.com, The Old State Capitol "stands today as a monument to our past." Completed in 1849, the building housed the Louisiana Legislature until Union forces captured the city in 1862. That winter a fire gutted the interior of the structure. In 1879, the capitol was returned to Baton Rouge and reconstruction of the building began. The Legislature returned in 1882 and remained until 1932 when the new capitol was completed. Now restored to its original grandeur, the Old State Capitol is the state's archive for film and video. It houses both traditional and state-of-the-art interactive exhibts and a multi-media film presentation."

Old State Capitol
100 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1502

"Built in 1930 as Louisiana's White House, the Old Governor's Mansion now houses the headquarters of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, as well as a museum which includes artifacts, displays and furnishings collected from nine Louisiana governors. The house boasts a grand ballroom, marble staircase, crystal chandeliers and French wallpaper. The Old Governor's mansion is also available for special events," according to baton-rouge.world-guides.com. This monument, one of many attempts at preserving the architecture and culture of the state, was built by Huey P. Long and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Old Governor's Mansion
502 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
Fax 225-343-3989

New Orleans Monuments

From the Cabildo to the St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square to Jackson Barracks, New Orleans is awash in monuments and landmarks.

"The Cabildo was completed at the turn of the 18th century and originally acted as the seat of the Spanish Government in New Orleans. The building was restored after a 1988 fire by French artisans using traditional techniques and is now a major part of the Louisiana State Museum, documenting extensively the state's history. It is home to one of only two death masks of Napoleon and was the site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase," says new-orleans.world-guides.com. The monument reopened to the public in 1994 after a fire severely damaged it in 1988, according to the Louisiana State Museum's website.

The Cabildo
701 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
504-568- 6968 | 1-800-568-6968
Fax 504-568-4995

According to the Cathedral's website, "The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States." The Cathedral is open for Masses, weddings and concerts, and is currently part of the St. Anthony Garden Archeology Excavation Project by the University of Chicago.

Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, LA 70116-3291
Fax 504-525-9583
Email: saintlouiscathedral-no@archdiocese-no.org

Other Monuments in Louisiana

Poverty Point State Historic Site "commemorates a culture that thrived during the first and second millennia B.C. This site, which contains some of the largest prehistoric earth works in North America, is managed by the state of Louisiana. These state park facilities are open to the public," according to the U.S. National Park Service website. From archaeology to hiking trails, Poverty Point is an interactive monument in the northeastern part of the state.

Poverty Point State Historic Site
6859 Highway 577
Pioneer, LA 71266
318-926-5492 or 888-926-5492

Marksville State Historic Site
According to the site's web page, "The 42-acre Marksville State Historic Site is located on a bluff overlooking the Old River, adjacent to the town of Marksville. Professional archaeologists consider this prehistoric Native American ceremonial center to be of unique national significance." Daily guided tours are offered along the trails to view the earthworks.

Marksville Historic State Site
837 Martin Luther King Drive
Marksville, LA 71351
318-253-8954 or 888-253-8954

Article Written By Amanda Courtney

A writer since 2000, Amanda Courtney worked as the news and copy editor for "The Lion's Roar," her collegiate newspaper, and as copy editor of the yearbook "Le Souvenir." She holds a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in English and mass communications from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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