A Symbol of Pride and a Great Souvenir from Louisiana
This Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet photo shows the beautiful Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Louisiana State Capitol is a building designed with a great deal of symbolic imagery and is one of the most important landmarks to include in your itinerary when visiting Louisiana. If you're on vacation in New Orleans, Baton Rouge is just an hour and a half drive on I-10, and a visit to the State Capitol makes it well worth the ride, as does the bayou scenery along the way.
When you reach the State Capitol Building, you will immediately be struck by its impressive stature. The Louisiana State Capitol is actually the tallest state capitol building in the United States at a height of 450 feet and 34 stories. As you approach the building, you can see the famous 48 stair steps leading up to the grand entrance. One of many symbolic gestures in the design of this building, the stairs represent the then 48 states, with each step having a state's name carved on it in order of their joining the United States. Alaska and Hawaii were added to the top step later on when they became states.
The Intriguing Story of the Man Behind the Building of the Louisiana State Capitol
Governor Huey P. Long is Louisiana's most legendary governor, perhaps as notorious as he was famous. However, the story of Huey Long and his relationship to this building is filled with irony.
The Louisiana State Capitol building was constructed in 1932 at a cost of five million dollars during America's Great Depression. You might have thought it would have been impossible to convince the state congress to agree to such an expense at this time, but Huey Long was extraordinarily persuasive and managed to have his plans for a grand new state capitol approved.
Unfortunately for Governor Long, only three years later he was assassinated in the very same building, and was buried on the grounds.