The tale of the Whisky Barrel
Origin of Name: An early French explorer, Robert de
LaSalle, named Louisiana for Louis XIV, King of France
Nickname: "Pelican State"
Admitted to Union: April 30, 1812, the 12th state
State Colors: Gold, white and blue
State Fossil: Petrified palmwood
State Gemstone: Agate
State Motto: "Union, Justice and Confidence"
State abbreviations: La. (traditional); LA (postal)
State Songs: Give Me Louisiana (Words and music by Doralice Fontane;
arranged by Dr. John Croom) and You Are My Sunshine (Words and Music by
Jimmy Davis and Charles Mitchell)
State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican (no, its not the mosquito)
State Flower: Magnolia
State Tree: Bald cypress
State Dog: Catahoula Leopard Dog (Catahoula Hound)
State Insect: Honeybee (again, not the mosquito, and I can't tell you
Largest Cities: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie,
Lafayette, Lake Charles
Celebrations: The Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet is observed in Little
Caillon on August 15th.
Area: 43,566 square miles
Population: 4,219,723 (as of July 1, 1994)
State Capitol: Located on 27 acres in Baton Rouge and was completed
on March 1, 1932
Climate: Semitropical Average annual temperature is 67.4 F. January
is the coldest month (average 50.7 F.) July and August are the warmest
months (average 82 F) Average annual rainfall is 55.45 inches
Products: Agricultural Sugarcane, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Rice,
Cotton, Corn, Potatoes, Soybeans, Citrus fruits, Pecans, Perique tobacco,
Aquaculture Lumber, Mineral Petroleum, Natural gas, Salt, Sulphur, Carbon
Misc Stuff in no order:
The site of the oldest known Louisiana civilization is Poverty Point in West
Carroll Parish, where an Indian village existed 2,700 years ago.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, with a length of 23.87 miles, is the
world's longest bridge built entirely over water.
Louisiana leads the nation in the production of crawfish with approximately
100 million pounds of crawfish per year. About half of the production comes
from the Atchafalaya Basin and half from an extensive aquaculture system
which involves some 135,000 acres of ponds throughout the state.
In Louisiana, local governmental units, known elsewhere as counties, are
called parishes. Originally they were church units set up by the Spanish
provisional governor of Louisiana in 1669.
Most of the older buildings of the French Quarter are actually Spanish.
Following a devastating fire in 1788, the Spanish government rebuilt much of
New Orleans in their native country's architectural style.
Louisiana is America's second largest producer of natural gas. It supplies
one-third of the total U.S. production.
Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1.3 million acres.
Nationally, this ranks the state third in total islands and second in total
Baton Rouge was the site of the only battle fought outside of the original
13 colonies during the American Revolution. On September 21, 1779, forces
friendly to the American side captured Baton Rouge from the British.
Avery Island's salt mine was discovered in 1862, making it the oldest in the
Louisiana is the largest producer of oysters in the United States. The total
impact of this fishery to Louisiana's economy is estimated to be 170 million
Louisiana has had 11 constitutions since entering the Union.
The seven principle freshwater sport fish of Louisiana are the largemouth
bass, spotted bass, crappie, bream, white bass, catfish and striped bass.
Louisiana's government has operated from five different capital cities
throughout its history: New Orleans, Donaldsonville, Opelousas, Shreveport
and Baton Rouge.
Louisiana contains more than 6,084 square miles of water surface!
Louisiana is the nation's largest handler of grain for export to world
markets. More than 40 percent of the U.S. grain exports move through
Louisiana contains forty-one percent of the coastal marshlands in the U.S.