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Louisiana Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on January 22, 2021

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Louisiana ranks 19th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Louisiana is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the West South Central region. Louisiana is some 52 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 4.7 million people. The state is divided into 64 parishes and all of them have entries in this database. In Louisiana we have discovered historical markers in 310 cities and towns lying in 303 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,349 historical markers in Louisiana, by our count. We have cataloged 2,340 historical markers and 160 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,422 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 1.6% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another nine historical markers in Louisiana that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Louisiana marker in the database, Chalmette Monument, was added March 15, 2008. It was photographed in Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish and was erected in 1947. The last one added was submitted on January 8, 2021, and titled Holt Cemetery. It is in New Orleans in Orleans Parish. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Louisiana was erected in 1847. It was this one: Genl. Philemon Thomas, and one of our correspondents found it in Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish on March 31, 2019.

Louisiana Historical Topics
607 • Settlements and Settlers
316 • Civil War
267 • Churches and Religion
235 • Industry and Commerce
182 • African Americans
180 • Education
179 • Waterways and Vessels
173 • Sports
173 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
161 • Architecture
    ... and others ...

Louisianians don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Louisiana about Settlements and Settlers—607 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by the Civil War with 316 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Relocation of Vidalia, added August 22, 2008. It had been erected in Vidalia in Concordia Parish. The last one submitted was submitted on November 26, 2020, and titled Right Bank of the Mississippi River. It had been erected in 2004 in Algiers in Orleans Parish. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1884. It is Margaret's Place and Walk / Lower Garden District, found in New Orleans in Orleans Parish on December 2, 2010.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Louisiana? What we know is that Bienville Monument is the most viewed entry in the database from Louisiana since it was added in 2009. It is located in New Orleans in Orleans Parish. This year so far, the most viewed Louisianian entry is located in St. Gabriel in Iberville Parish. It is The Old Saint Gabriel Church.

Parishes, Cities and Towns

The Louisiana parish with the most historical markers listed in this database is East Baton Rouge Parish, with 366 of them. It is followed closely by Orleans Parish with 345 markers. The Baton Rouge area of East Baton Rouge Parish has the highest number of markers within its limits, 348. In Orleans Parish the area with the most markers, 319, is New Orleans.

Historical Markers in These
Louisiana Parishes
366 • East Baton Rouge Parish
345 • Orleans Parish
135 • Rapides Parish
116 • Caddo Parish
94 • Avoyelles Parish
85 • Jefferson Parish
67 • Lafourche Parish
63 • Iberia Parish
62 • St. Bernard Parish
61 • St. Landry Parish
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Louisiana with the most markers we again find Baton Rouge at the top of the list with 348 markers in or near it. And New Orleans also shows up again in next place, with 319 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 70803 at the top of the list with 149 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 70803 is assigned to Baton Rouge LA including the University delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 70802 with 99 markers. (70802 is assigned to Baton Rouge LA.)

Historical Markers Near These
Louisiana Cities and Towns
348 • Baton Rouge
319 • New Orleans
104 • Shreveport
66 • Marksville
57 • Pineville
54 • Chalmette
48 • Grambling
47 • Opelousas
44 • New Iberia
43 • Alexandria
    ... and others ...

Getting back to East Baton Rouge Parish, the first marker added to the database from there, USCGC White Alder, was added March 19, 2011. in Baton Rouge. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 27, 2020, and is titled Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, in Scotlandville. The earliest marker erected in East Baton Rouge Parish that we have listed was erected in 1847. It was Genl. Philemon Thomas, found in Baton Rouge on March 31, 2019.

Latest entry from Louisiana. Click to go there
By Cajun Scrambler, December 28, 2020
Latest Entry from Louisiana
“Holt Cemetery”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from New Orleans. The first: Gilbert Academy and New Orleans University, was added October 19, 2008. It had been erected in 1993. The last: Holt Cemetery added on January 8, 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1884: Margaret's Place and Walk / Lower Garden District, added on December 2, 2010.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

Louisiana Office of Tourism is currently in charge of the familiar bronze official historical markers found all over the state and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development typically installs and maintains those that are roadside. You will also find official markers erected by the Louisiana Tourist Commission, a predecessor. We have 177 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of parishes have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Louisiana. Click to go there
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2013
A Louisiana Office of Tourism Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Louisiana have been marked with history. Check out Jackson Parish, Cameron Parish and Red River Parish. We've only found, respectively, 2, 2, and 1 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Louisiana might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Jan. 22, 2021