Monday, June 16, 2008

Baton Rouge Louisiana Hospital & Capitol

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Today we will visit Baton Rouge, "Red Stick", Louisiana with our first postcard, circa 1908, showing the old State Capitol which looks very much like a castle. Baton Rouge became Louisiana's state capital in 1849 and Architect James Dakin was hired to design the new Capital building and he opted for a Neo-Gothic medieval castle look with a view of the Mississippi River. During the Civil War, the Union forces took the capitol in 1862 without a fight and the state government was moved to Shreveport where it remained until 1880 when it returned to Baton Rouge. The new capitol was built in 1932 when Huey P. Long was governor.

The second postcard is a 1920s E. C. Kropp postcard showing Baton Rouge General Hospital. Both of these post cards can be found in my Louisiana listings along with 10,000 more postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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