Friday, June 13, 2008

Tribute To "Da Prez"

We want to take this time to pay tribute to our LHC President, Richard Murray and to share some highlights on his neck of the woods, our State Capitol.
The city of Baton Rouge was named nearly 300 years ago when on March 17, 1699, Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville, led an expedition along the Mississippi River.
The city's earliest written records are found in the diaries of these explorers which tell the tale of a pole stained with blood of fish and animals that served as the dividing line between the Bayougoula and Houmas Indians. It is from this "red stick" that Iberville christened our city "le Baton Rouge."
The Indian mounds on the campus of LSU were built 450 years before the construction of the great Egyptian pyramids.
Baton Rouge was named the state capital in 1846, and the Old State House was completed in 1850. Louisiana seceded from the Union in 1861, and in August 1862, Baton Rouge fell to the Union forces. The federal government of Louisiana was moved to New Orleans. It was 1882 before Baton Rouge again became the capital of the state.

Louisiana State University came to Baton Rouge in 1869. The campus was located downtown prior to its move in 1926 to its present location.
In 1927, Huey P. Long was elected governor and served from 1928-1932, when he became a United States Senator. One of the most famous "populist" politicians, Long provided "free textbooks" for public schools.

During Long's term, the skyscraper new State Capitol was erected. It cost $5 million and took only 14 months to complete. It stands nearly 450 feet tall with 34 stories. It was here that Long was assassinated in 1935. Long is buried on the grounds of the State Capitol.

Did You Know:

Eight flags have flown over Baton Rouge, from the British in the only Revolutionary battle fought outside the 13 original colonies to the stars and stripes of the United States of America.
The Louisiana State Capitol is the tallest in the nation at 34 stories and 450 feet high.

The Indian mounds on the campus of Louisiana State University were constructed 450 years before the first Egyptian pyramid was built.

Tiger Stadium, also known as "Death Valley", has been the site of an actual earthquake. Thousands of cheering fans rocked the stadium so hard the movement was actually recorded on a Richter Scale.

The largest historically black university in the United States is Southern University in Baton Rouge.

The Greater Baton Rouge Port is second nationally in grain handling operations and is the farthest inland deep-water port of the Gulf of Mexico.

The largest bald cypress in the nation is located in the Tunica Swamp in St. Francisville.

The oldest HMO in the nation was started in Baton Rouge in 1924 by Standard Oil (now Exxon).

All Hail To Our Chief!

"Our Man" Murray!

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