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Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Third Street

“the principal street of the town...”

 
 
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1. Third Street Marker
Inscription. By the turn of the twentieth century, Baton Rouge's Third Street had changed from a sleepy row of residences to a bustling commercial center. Because it connected the Old State Capitol with the original site of Louisiana State University (then located on today's State Capitol Grounds), Third Street drew crowds easily. Over the years, merchants, movie theaters, restaurants, and five-and-dimes all opened here, and everyone from students to business leaders frequented its blocks. Third Street was the center of window shopping and night life, and occasionally, bizarre events.

In 1921, Robbie Simpson, the "Human Fly," arrived in Baton Rouge and aimed to scale the city's tallest structure, Third Street's Roumain Building, "without the aid of rope or ladder." Simpson took one look at the building's exterior features and changed his mind, making it to the top by elevator instead. Once there, he succeeded in hanging over the side of the building by one hand, and riding his bicycle along the cornice as the crowd looked on.

Photos: The Louisiana Collection, State Library of Louisiana
 
Location. 30° 26.899′ N, 91° 11.299′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker is at the intersection of North Third Street and
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August 26, 2016
2. Third Street Marker
Convention Street, on the left when traveling north on North Third Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. James Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Spanish Battery, 1779 (about 500 feet away); Old Post Office (about 500 feet away); Merci Train (about 500 feet away); Louisiana's Old State Capitol (about 500 feet away); Slim Harpo (about 500 feet away); Old State Capitol (about 500 feet away); Baton Rouge Confederate Monument (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baton Rouge.
 
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3. Third Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on . • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on December 7, 2016.
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