North Boulevard at St. Louis
Fresh Produce Here!
Until the 1930s, grocery shopping meant a trip to the city's daily public market. First situated near the Old State Capitol. the market moved to this site in 1857 where it thrived until just before World War II.
Townspeople flocked to the open air marketplace. It featured brick columns and vendor stalls that overflowed with the area's bountiful, year-round crops. In the thirties, the market began to lose customers to emerging grocery stores. Later, the structure was demolished and replaced by a municipal parking lot. The market's bell and iron posts have been preserved the the city's Magnolia Mound Plantation and Historic City Park.
Nearly 60 years after the public market closed, the Red Stick Farmers Market was launched on the same spot. This Saturday market was later moved, and now thrives as a public marketplace at Main and Fifth Streets/
Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baton Rouge LA 70802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Photos: The Louisiana Collection, State Library of Louisiana.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 26.812′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alvin Batiste (here, next to this marker); Louisiana's Old State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Oliver Pollock (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Early Gunsmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Merci Train (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marcha de Galvez (about 300 feet away); Capture of Baton Rouge by Galvez, 1779 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.