East Baton Rouge Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish is located in south central Louisiana along the Mississippi River. French explorer Sieur d’Iberville was exploring the Mississippi River and saw a reddish cypress pole raised with bloody animals that marked the boundaries between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. The explorers called the the tree "le bâton rouge," or red stick. Unique features of East Baton Rouge Parish include the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, the Louisiana State Capitol, the Old State Capitol, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Rural Life Museum, the Port Hudson National Cemetery, the Pentagon Barracks, the LSU Museum of Art, and the Southern University Museum of Art.


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