A co-worker near me sent this to me a few days ago.  I don’t know who the author is, but it’s an interesting little bit of State history.


Subject: A Little Louisiana history lesson

If Hurricane Katrina causing the levees to break in New Orleans is the
only
thing you know about Louisiana, here are a few more interesting facts
about
the Bayou State :

*Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the nation at 450
feet.

* The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans is the largest enclosed
stadium In
the world.

* The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest over-water bridge in
the
world at 23.87 miles.

* Louisiana ‘s 6.5 million acres of wetlands are the greatest wetland
area
in America .

* The oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase Territory is Natchitoches,
Louisiana founded in 1714.

* The first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Bie Denharn, lived in Monroe,
Louisiana and was one of the founders of Delta Air Lines, initially
called
Delta Air Service.

* Delta Airlines got its start in Monroe , Louisiana when Parish Agent,
C.E.
Woolman, decided to try dusting the Boll Weevil that was destroying
the
cotton crops in the Mississippi River Delta from an airplane. It was
the
first crop dusting service in the world.

* Southern University in Baton Rouge , Louisiana is the largest
predominantly black university in America

* Baton Rouge was the site of the only American Revolution battle
outside
the original 13 colonies.

*The formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase was made at the Cabildo
Building in New Orleans on December 20, 1803.

* The staircase at Chrétien Point, in Sunset, Louisiana was copied for
Tara
in "Gone with the Wind."

* Louisiana is the No. 1 producer of crawfish, alligators and shallots
In
America .

* Louisiana produces 24 percent of the nation’s salt, the most in
America .

* Much of the world’s food, coffee and oil pass through the Port of
New
Orleans ..

* Tabasco , a Louisiana product, holds the second oldest food trademark
in
the U.S. Patent Office.

* Steen’s Syrup Mill in Abbeville , Louisiana is the world’s largest
syrup
plant producing sugar cane syrup.

* America ‘s oldest rice mill is in New Iberia , Louisiana at KONRIKO
Co

* The International Joke Telling Contest is held annually in Opelousas
,
Louisiana .

* LSU (The Ole War Skule) in Baton Rouge has the distinction of
contributing
the most officers to WW II after the U.S. Military academies.

* The Louisiana Hayride radio show helped Hank Williams, Elvis Presley
and
Johnny Cash achieve stardom. It was broadcast from KWKH Radio in
Shreveport
, Louisiana from 1948 to 1960.

* The term Uncle Sam was coined on the wharfs of New Orleans before
Louisiana was a U.S. Territory as goods labeled U.S. Were from "Uncle
Sam."

* The game of craps was invented in New Orleans in 1813 as betting was
a
Common activity on the wharves.

* When states had their own currency, the Louisiana Dix (French for
ten) was
a favored currency for trade. English speakers called them Dixies and
coined
the term Dixieland.

* New Orleans is the home of the oldest pharmacy in America at 514
Chartres
Street in the French Quarter. These early medical mixtures became known
as
cocktails (guess they were good for what ails ya?), coining yet
another
term.

* New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz, the only true American art
form.
Jazz gave birth to the Blues and Rock and Roll music.

Viva La Louisiane!!!

 

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