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Built in the 19th Century on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Old State Capitol is today a popular museum and event venue. The building is unique in the area because of its Gothic architecture and castle-like facade. The Museum of Political History, located inside, contains information about Louisiana’s early years as a state as well as the occasional traveling exhibit.
Books, magazines, newspapers, state and federal government documents, general interest videotapes and DVDs, audiobooks, genealogical resources relating to Louisiana, public computers, coin-operated, self-service photocopiers and microform copiers, a large collection of foreign language materials, children's collection and more can be discovered at the State Library of Louisiana, at the corner of Spanish Town Road.
Part of the downtown Baton Rouge River Center governmental complex, the River Center Branch Library houses the Baton Rouge Room, which consists of materials relating to Baton Rouge's history; and the Career Center. The River Center Branch Library is open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge is the tallest capitol building in the nation and is a National Historic Landmark. The seat of government for the state, it is home to the Louisiana state Senate and House of Representatives. Not the original Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, construction of the current capitol was championed and facilitated by former Governor Huey Long in the 1930s. Spread over 30 acres, the capitol building consists of the towering skyscraper tower and also contains the Louisiana Capitol Garden and its ten miles of pathways.
The Parish of St. Joseph was established in 1792. Built in 1853, the present church became a Cathedral in 1961. After renovations, it was consecrated as a Cathedral in 1970. Masses take place during the week at 12:05 p.m., Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Dubbed Louisiana's White House by its builder, then Governor Huey Long, the Georgian-style Old Governor's Mansion is open for tours and special events.
The 12,000 square foot Carver Branch Library features over 55,000 books, 70 magazine titles, 10 newspapers, 3,500 videos, DVDs, audiobooks and CDs, a large meeting room with kitchenette, special areas for adults, teens and children, 27 public computers, wireless Internet access, a covered drive-through, landscaped courtyard with fountain and a view of the Mississippi River Bridge. The Carver Branch Library is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
This mounds, dating from 3,300 to 2,500 B.C., are believed to have served socio-religious purposes.
A grand private home originally built as the Bankers' Pavilion for the 1884 World's Industrial and Cotton Exposition in New Orleans, this Victorian mansion with Oriental-looking details was moved by barge on the Mississippi River to Poplar Grove Plantation in 1886, by sugar planter Horace Wilkinson and his wife, Julia. Five generations of the Wilkinson family have called Poplar Grove home. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is available by appointment for group tours, dining, and special occasions.
Right in the middle of the Louisiana State University campus a tiger is prowling. Students can sleep safely, however, as this fearsome creature is the school's own mascot, Mike the Tiger. Following a tradition started in 1936 by Mike Chambers, for whom the tiger is named, Louisiana State is now housing its sixth tiger who they still trot out to bellow a fearsome roar at the school's football home games. Guests with concerns about animal welfare can see Mike in good confidence. The school has managed to keep all of its tigers alive nearly twice as long as wild tigers, meaning families and visitors can enjoy this strange attraction as much as the attraction itself.
LSU Honors College is located at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The French House which was constructed as a center for the French language was dedicated on April 15, 1935. French Ambassador André de Laboulaye had laid the structure’s cornerstone. The Laville Honors House is located near The French House and serves as a residence hall for students enrolled in the College. The college was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on January 13, 1982.
The Scotlandville Branch Library features a Black Heritage Room, which contains a special collection of books and journals on and by African Americans; public computers, meeting room space for 100, and wireless Internet access. The Scotlandville Branch Library is open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.