Baton Rouge Community Information

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Baton Rouge has a subtropical climate free of extreme temperatures. Winters are mild with only occasional cold spells. East Baton Rouge Parish comprises 471.81 square miles along the Mississippi River, in the southeast part of the state. The parish includes three major cities: Baton Rouge, with a 1999 population of 231,219 and an area of 75 square miles; Baker, with a population of 13,315 and an area of 4 square miles; and Zachary, with a population of 10,348 and an area of 20 square miles.


The East Baton Rouge Parish school system consists of 101 public and 49 private schools. Baton Rouge supports 35 libraries; 13 of these are public parish libraries. Higher education is provided by two state universities: Louisiana State University, a traditional leader among the nation's institutions; and Southern University, recognized as the largest predominantly African-American institution in the nation.
The history of Baton Rouge dates back to 1699, when a French expedition first saw the site on which the City of Baton Rouge is now located. The party reached a small stream that separated the hunting grounds of the Bayagoulas and the Oumas Indians. Its banks were separated by a reddened, 30-foot-high maypole with several heads of fish and bear attached in sacrifice and dripping with blood that the natives had sunk there to mark the land line between the two nations. The red stick the French saw was probably used both as a boundary marker and for ceremonial purposes. The area was named Baton Rouge (French for red stick).


One can readily believe that the site was used as a point of reference by priests, traders, and settlers as they traveled up and down the Mississippi River. Significantly, no one was ever able to change the name though it was attempted several times. Le Baton Rouge had become a permanent part of the landscape. One-third of Louisiana’s population today is of French descent, and one becomes accustomed to hearing the French accent throughout the area.


From its origin as the site of an Indian village, through many years as a sleepy river town, to its emergence as a major educational, governmental, and industrial center of the south, Baton Rouge has been a city of change and diversity. Baton Rouge was incorporated in 1817 and became the capital of the state in 1882. Today, with the City of Baton Rouge the dominant center of business, culture, education, and finance, the Parish of East Baton Rouge looks forward to even greater prosperity.


Baton Rouge is the parish seat of government, the key industrial city in the area, and the center of an immense chemical and petroleum complex on the Mississippi River. The metropolitan area is the second largest in the state. The expanding Port of Greater Baton Rouge ranks fourth among the major ports of the nation and second in Louisiana. Projected population figures show that this progressive city will have a phenomenal growth in future decades.

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