Baton Rouge (/ˌbætən ˈruːʒ/; French for "Red Stick", French: Bâton-Rouge [bɑtɔ̃ ʁuʒ] ) is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. The seat of East Baton Rouge Parish, the city is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. As the "Capital City", Baton Rouge is the political hub for Louisiana, and is the second-largest city in the state after New Orleans, with an estimated population of 228,590 in 2015, according to the US Census Bureau. The metropolitan area surrounding the city, known as Greater Baton Rouge, is also the second-largest in Louisiana, with a population of 830,480 people as of 2015. The urban area has around 594,309 inhabitants. Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture, and growing technology center of the American South. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is the tenth largest in the United States in terms of tonnage shipped, and is the farthest upstream Mississippi River port capable of handling Panamax ships. The Baton Rouge area owes its historical importance to its strategic site upon the Istrouma Bluff, the first natural bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta. This allowed development of a business quarter safe from seasonal flooding. In addition, the city built a levee system stretching from the bluff southward to protect the riverfront and low-lying agricultural areas. The city is a culturally rich center, with settlement by immigrants from numerous European nations and African peoples. It was ruled by seven different governments: French, British, and Spanish in the colonial era, West Floridian, United States territory and state, Confederate, and United States again. Wikipedia
Baton Rouge meaning ‘red stick’ in French, was named so by the French explorers. The name is derived from a red stick that the then natives used to mark the boundaries of the region. Baton Rouge tourism may not be as popular as its brilliant universities of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU) and the Southern University, but it can still be given a go. The major points of interest lie within the campuses of the LSU itself. These include LSU: Mike the Tiger's Habitat, Tiger Stadium and the university itself. Then there is the Louisiana's Old State Capitol that is a one-of-its-kind specialty museum. If you have any interest in the military mechanism then a visit to the USS Kidd (DD-661) will delight you. The Louisiana State Capitol building, that you will come across several times while exploring the city will make you reminisce the Empire State Building!
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