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Louisiana Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 7, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Louisiana ranks 22nd 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 352 cities and towns lying in 332 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,718 historical markers in Louisiana, by our count. We have cataloged 2,709 historical markers and 198 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,817 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 1.5% 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.

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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 29, 2023, and titled Merchants Mutual Insurance Company Building. It is in New Orleans in Orleans Parish and had been erected in 2021. 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
678 • Settlements and Settlers
351 • Civil War
311 • Churches and Religion
270 • Industry and Commerce
217 • Sports
203 • Education
195 • African Americans
195 • Architecture
193 • Waterways and Vessels
191 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
    ... 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—678 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by the Civil War with 351 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 January 25, 2023, and titled Caddo Nation. It had been erected in Natchitoches in Natchitoches Parish. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1934. It is 1834-1934, found in Houma in Terrebonne Parish on June 9, 2017.

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 Westwego in Jefferson Parish. It is Seven Oaks Plantation Site.

Parishes, Cities and Towns

The Louisiana parish with the most historical markers listed in this database is East Baton Rouge Parish, with 423 of them. It is followed closely by Orleans Parish with 414 markers. The Baton Rouge area of East Baton Rouge Parish has the highest number of markers within its limits, 405. In Orleans Parish the area with the most markers, 372, is New Orleans.

Historical Markers in These
Louisiana Parishes
423 • East Baton Rouge Parish
414 • Orleans Parish
167 • Caddo Parish
162 • Rapides Parish
98 • Avoyelles Parish
90 • Jefferson Parish
68 • Iberia Parish
67 • Lafourche Parish
65 • St. Landry Parish
64 • St. Bernard 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 405 markers in or near it. And New Orleans also shows up again in next place, with 372 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 70803 at the top of the list with 178 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 106 markers. (70802 is assigned to Baton Rouge LA.)

Historical Markers Near These
Louisiana Cities and Towns
405 • Baton Rouge
372 • New Orleans
114 • Shreveport
80 • Pineville
68 • Marksville
56 • Chalmette
49 • Opelousas
48 • New Iberia
48 • Grambling
47 • 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 25, 2022, and is titled LSU Campus Mounds, in Baton Rouge. 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 James Hulse, January 12, 2023
Latest Entry from Louisiana
“Merchants Mutual Insurance Company Building”

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: Merchants Mutual Insurance Company Building added on January 29, 2023. It had been erected in 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1891: Battle of Liberty Place Monument, added on August 22, 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 187 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 Cajun Scrambler, August 20, 2022
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 Red River Parish, Union Parish and La Salle Parish. We've only found, respectively, 2, 2, and 2 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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Feb. 7, 2023