Saturday, October 21, 2006

calling baton rouge

kone (pronounced gone) came to visit (he lives in florida now) and we went touring around baton rouge: (captions are below the photos)


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the state capitol- built by huey p. long; the tallest state capitol in the nation. huey p. long was gunned down in the back hallway, and he died 2 days later. the bullet holes are still there in the marble walls. huey long was then buried on the capitol's front lawn.


mississippi river bridge. that little dark mark is huck finn swimming. huey p. long built this bridge. he was a great man. everyone (except dr. weiss who shot him) loved him dearly. as he said, "every man a king" and "a chicken in every pot."


the uss kidd parked on the mississippi river. my brother used to work here a long time ago. for more info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kidd_(DD-661)


kone is panhandling here... relaxed style.

the levee - (they gotta put baton rouge on there in case people get confused and think they're already at st. louis)

an oak tree... this is right next to the old state capitol...

we took a quick trip down to new orleans. it is still kinda a mess down there, but that's okay, cause kone came on this little trip prepared.


the dome of the old state capitol - huey p. long didn't like this building - he said it had rats in it.

me by a window in the old state legislature room. kinda dark... shoulda used a flash...


louisiana is known for a lot of things - its food, its music, its hospitality, mardi gras, and also its politics. huey p. long is a big piece of that puzzle. for more on this fascinating man of the people, see the review of his life at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_P._Long notice the last words he uttered.

8 comments:

Cindy said...

I think you might have a crush on Huey P. Long...

When are you coming back from your forever-long vacation?

plainoldsarah said...

thanks for the history lesson. i toured new orleans once and got a pretty good lesson on the history of your fine state, but this blog offered more from a baton rouge perspective. i did get to tour the current governor's home (in franklin i think) - what amazing antiques he has!

jrm said...

wow, i didn't even get to do THAT!
what is sad though: i wanted to go to the top of the state capitol, but i forgot it was closed on sat...

so no go. no good pics of the br skyline.

sad. sad. sad.

NOTSONUTSO said...

Great pics!!!!!!!!

Somehow I don't think that photo of New Orleans is legit.

jrm said...

but you haven't been down there, so you wouldn't know.

hehehe.

NOTSONUTSO said...

The last time I was in New Orleans was 1987 when you, me and the sisters went to Fleetwood Mac concert!!!!!!!!! Those were the days. (except I think you got in trouble with the 'rents???) :o)

jrm said...

ok, stop airing the family secrets on my blog. or i will have to start deleting your comments. hehehe...

NOTSONUTSO said...

Just for that.....WATCH OUT ! !

HEH HEH HEH ! ! !