The Founding of "Red Stick" Historical

The Founding of "Red Stick" Historical (HM1TMP)

Location: Baton Rouge, LA 70802 East Baton Rouge Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 26.721', W 91° 11.417'

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How Baton Rouge Got its Name

Baton Rouge gets its name from the first impressions of French-Canadian explorers. Traveling up the Mississippi River in 1699, the group spotted a bloody cypress pole on a river bluff that demarcated hunting territories between indigenous tribes. The Territory was called Baton Rouge, which means "red stick."

Over the years, French, British and Spanish flags each flew over the community. By the 1780's, still under Spanish rule, Baton Rouge had flourished. Its first neighborhoods, Spanish Town and Beauregard Town were designed in 1805 and 1806. By then, the local population had grown substantially. The river continued to bring new commerce and visitors. In 1810, the area became part of the colonies and in 1817, the town was officially incorporated.

Images: Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville and Map courtesy of The Louisiana Collection, State Library of Louisiana.
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Date Added Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 673772 N 3369526
Decimal Degrees30.44535000, -91.19028333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.721', W 91° 11.417'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 43.26" N, 91° 11' 25.02" W
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Area Code(s)225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-298 S River Rd, Baton Rouge LA 70802, US
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