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

The Founding of “Red Stick”

How Baton Rouge Got its Name

 
 
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1. The Founding of "Red Stick" Marker
Inscription. Baton Rouge gets its name from the first impressions of French-Canadian explorers. Traveling up the Mississippi River in 1699, the group spotted a bloody cypress pole on a river bluff that demarcated hunting territories between indigenous tribes. The Territory was called Baton Rouge, which means "red stick."

Over the years, French, British and Spanish flags each flew over the community. By the 1780's, still under Spanish rule, Baton Rouge had flourished. Its first neighborhoods, Spanish Town and Beauregard Town were designed in 1805 and 1806. By then, the local population had grown substantially. The river continued to bring new commerce and visitors. In 1810, the area became part of the colonies and in 1817, the town was officially incorporated.

Images: Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville and Map courtesy of The Louisiana Collection, State Library of Louisiana.
 
Location. 30° 26.721′ N, 91° 11.417′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker is on South River Road 0.2 miles north of Government Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch 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. Johnny Rivers (here, next to
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2. The Founding of "Red Stick" Marker
this marker); Riverfront Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); The D'Artaguiette Concession (within shouting distance of this marker); A-7E Corsair II (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louisiana Vietnam War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Flag of the Confederate States of America (about 500 feet away); Flag of the State of Louisiana (about 500 feet away); Flag of West Florida (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baton Rouge.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2016. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2016. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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