Interesting Facts About Louisiana

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Louisiana Facts

- The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, with a length of 23.87 miles, is the world's longest bridge built entirely over water.

- Louisiana is America's second largest producer of natural gas. It supplies one-third of the total U.S. production

- Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.

- Baton Rouge hosted the 1983 Special Olympics International Summer Games at LSU.

- Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.

- Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.

- The Superdome in New Orleans is the worlds largest steel-constructed room unobstructed by posts.

- Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1.3 million acres. Nationally, this ranks the state third in total islands and second in total island acreage.

- 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.

- 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!

- Since 1835 the New Orleans & Carrolliton Line is the oldest street railway line still in operation.

- Saint Martin Parish is home to the world's largest freshwater river basin, the Atchafalaya Basin; the basin provides nearly every type of outdoor recreational activity imaginable.

- Breaux Bridge is known as the "Crawfish Capital of the World".

- Metairie is home to the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway. The causeway connects Metairie with St. Tammany Parish on the North Shore. The causeway is 24 miles long.

- Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.

- The first American army to have African American officers was the confederate Louisiana Native Guards. The Corps d'Afrique at Port Hudson was sworn into service on September 27, 1862.

- In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.

- Money Magazine has rated Terrebonne Parish, in the heart of Cajun Country the best place to live in Louisiana for 3 years in a row.

- 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.

- Jennings is called the "Garden Spot of Louisiana" for it's rich and productive farmland. Jennings sobriquet {nickname} became a "Northern Town on Southern Soil".

- Baton Rouge's flag is a field of crimson representing the great Indian nations that once inhabited the area.

- Parts of the Mississippi River delta plain near New Orleans lie below sea level.

- More than one-half of the species of birds in North America are resident in Louisiana or spend a portion of their migration there.

- Avery Island's salt mine was discovered in 1862, making it the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.

- 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 dollars.

- Louisiana has had 11 constitutions since entering the Union.

- 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 ports.

- Louisiana contains forty-one percent of the coastal marshlands in the U.S.

- Louisiana produces more furs (1.3 million pelts a year) than any other state. The catch includes nutria, muskrat. mink, otter and beaver.

- The seven principle freshwater sport fish of Louisiana are the largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, bream, white bass, catfish and striped bass.

- The first Tarzan movie was filmed in Louisiana in 1917.

- Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.

- The Saint Charles streetcar line in New Orleans and the San Francisco, California cable cars are the nation's only mobile national monuments