When you take time to learn about the history of a city or state, it is very often some rather dry and dull facts that are presented. While that is all well and good, it also means that you get to miss out on some of the more interesting, dare we say cool aspects of said city. Baton Rouge, Louisiana has a ton of these great little factoids, so let’s take a look at some that you probably are not aware of.
The H.P. Long Bridge is one of the more striking landmarks in the city, perhaps because it is built so low to the water. What at first may seem like an architectural quirk is actually a stroke of genius. Louisiana governor Huey Long demanded that the bridge be built that way, as it would make it impassable for larger ships, thus turning Baton Rouge into a busy port city.
If you watch sports, you already know that Gatorade is the go-to drink for athletes during games. Prior to the invention of said drink, though, LSU athletes downed a beverage known as “Bengal Punch,” a full 7 years before Gatorade arrived.
The state capital building, which stands in Baton Rouge, is the largest such building in the United States, standing tall at a whopping 450 feet.
When naval ships are decommissioned, they usually have their wartime paint removed, but that is not the case with the USS Kidd, which is now a museum of sorts in Baton Rouge. It remains the only ship of its kind to still have it’s warpaint on full display.
Chicago and New York battle to lay claim to the best pizza in the US, but a 50+ year old Baton Rouge establishment called “The Pastime” believes that their famous “Boudin Pizza” beats them all.