Baton Rouge is one ghostly place. From the Cottage Plantation where it is said that a prisoner has regular nightly appearances in his ghostly apparition form to the former morgue, touted as being the most haunted site in the whole of America. Even the old battleship USS Kidd from World War II has dead sailors in uniform meandering at night.
Baton Rouge has been the site used for many films such as "True Blood" (makes sense with all the ghostly phantoms wandering around), "Pitch Perfect" and "JFK". Baton Rouge is French for "Red Stick". Named after a bloody pole that held the heads of dead animals, which marked the boundary between 2 tribal hunting grounds, it is the capital of the state of Louisiana. Sitting on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is the political hub of Louisiana with an economy based in petrochemical, medical, research and a growing industry in technology. It is here that you will find the furthest upstream port capable of handling Panamax ships, at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.
The Old State Capitol building is an amazing Gothic-Revival castle that is now the Museum of Political History, standing on a bluff over the river. You can take a look on board the destroyer USS Kidd at the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial; just remember to be aware of the stalking dead sailors. You will find the LSU Rural Life Museum and the Museum of Natural Science at the Louisiana State University set amidst American Indian mounds believed to be over 1,600 years old. If you want a great view of the city, head up the 34 floors (via an elevator) of the Louisiana State Capitol building (circa 1930s) to get a panoramic vista of the area. Surrounded by old oak trees, the Magnolia Mount Plantation, on the National Register of Historic Places, is worth strolling around its 15 acres of grounds. The wooden bousillage constructed home maintains its 18th-19th Century appearance, with architectural influences from France and the West Indies.
If you want to play Doctor Doolittle and talk to the birds, head to the Baton Rouge Zoo for an interesting chat at the Parrot Paradise, especially if the other critters on show ignore you.
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