Third Street Historical

Third Street Historical (HM1UOE)

Location: Baton Rouge, LA 70801 East Baton Rouge Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 26.899', W 91° 11.2998242'

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“the principal street of the town...”

By the turn of the twentieth century, Baton Rouge's Third Street had changed from a sleepy row of residences to a bustling commercial center. Because it connected the Old State Capitol with the original site of Louisiana State University (then located on today's State Capitol Grounds), Third Street drew crowds easily. Over the years, merchants, movie theaters, restaurants, and five-and-dimes all opened here, and everyone from students to business leaders frequented its blocks. Third Street was the center od window shopping and night life, and occasionally. bizarre events. In 1921, Robbie Simpson, the "Human Fly," arrived in Baton Rouge and aimed to scale the city's tallest structure, Third Street's Roumain Building, "without the aid of rope or ladder." Simpson took one look at the building's exterior features and changed his mind, making it to the top by elevator instead. Once there, he succeeded in hanging over the side of the building by one hand, and riding his bicycle along the cornice as the crowd looked on. Photos: The Louisiana Collection, State Library of Louisiana
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Date Added Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15J E 673956 N 6630141
Decimal Degrees30.44831667, -91.18833040
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 26.899', W 91° 11.2998242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 26' 53.94" N, 91° 11' 17.989452" W
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Area Code(s)225, 337
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Convention St, Baton Rouge LA 70801, US
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