Baton Rouge, a name which reputedly refers to the red stick that once marked the boundary between two Indian tribes, owes more to the French than its usual name, for it was the French who explored, developed and settled the region during its significant early years.
By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Acadian exiles from Nova Scotia began to arrive in the area, joining the other French speaking settlers. After a number of years wandering down the Atlantic Coast, the Acadians were welcomed in Louisiana and soon made their homes along the rivers and bayous of the state. Their culture and influence is still strongly felt in South Louisiana.
Nineteenth century plantation life surrounds this city where all corners of Louisiana come together into one rich, thick gumbo. The Mississippi River built our past and continues to shape our future as it flows past plantations and attractions.
Baton Rouge has it all. So come and explore our unique city! You’ll find you have never seen more beautiful sights or tasted better food than in Baton Rouge…
the Flavor of Louisiana!
Where am I?
Baton Rouge was settled along the Eastern bank of the Mississippi in East Baton Rouge Parish (EBRP). The highly traveled I-10 runs through the city and across the Mississippi River towards Texas. The I-10 bridge is affectionately known by locals as “the new bridge” although it is more than 30 years old!
East Baton Rouge Parish is bordered by:
- the Mississippi River and West Baton Rouge;
- East & West Feliciana Parishes (north of BR Metropolitan Airport);
- Livingston Parish (East along I-12); and
- Ascension Parish (South along I-10).
Next you will find an outline map of the Greater Baton Rouge Area provided by the Board of Realtors. This map details the numerical classifications used in marketing properties through the Multiple Listing Service. Here are a few landmarks that may make the classifications easier to understand:
- Area 50: Downtown Baton Rouge
- Areas 11 & 21: Near Metro Airport & Zachary
- Areas 22 & 41: Newly incorporated Central City District
- Area 51: Garden District Area
- Area 52: LSU and Old Highland/Perkins Neighborhoods
- Area 53: Highland Road/Perkins south of Lee/College Drives
- (extends along Highland Road to I-10 & includes Perkins Rowe)
- Area 61: Government Street Development District Area and
- Old Goodwood Area
- Area 62: Jefferson Hwy. to Santa Maria (includes Towne Center Entertainment/Shopping Area)
- Area 42: Old Broadmoor bordered by
- Airline & Florida Blvds.
- Area 43: I-12 to Livingston Parish line including Shenandoah &
- White Oak areas
- Area 8: Livingston Parish homes
- Areaz 90, 91 & 92: Ascension Parish homes