Monday, July 28, 2008

About Louisiana -- got this e-mail

If Hurricane Katrina causing the levees to break in New Orleans is the only thing you know about Louisiana, here are a few more interesting facts about the Bayou State

Print this out folks this is stuff you all need to know. Hang it on the wall and teach your grandkids.

*Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the
nation at 450 feet

* The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans is the largest
enclosed stadium in the world.

* The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest over-water
bridge in the world at 23.87 miles.

* Louisiana's 6.5 million acres of wetlands are the
greatest wetland area in America.

* The oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase Territory is
Natchitoches, Louisiana founded in 1714.

* The first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Biedenharn, lived
in Monroe, Louisiana and was one of the founders of Delta
Air Lines, initially called Delta Air Service.

* Delta Airlines got its start in Monroe, Louisiana when
Parish Agent, C.E. Woolman, decided to try dusting the Boll
Weevil that was destroying the cotton crops in the
Mississippi River Delta from an airplane. It was the first
crop dusting service in the world.

* Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the
largest predominantly black university in America.

* Baton Rouge was the site of the only American Revolution
battle outside the original 13 colonies.

* The formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase was made at
the Cabildo building in New Orleans on December 20, 1803.

* The staircase at Chratien Point, in Sunset, Louisiana was
copied for Tara in 'Gone with the Wind.'

* Louisiana is the No. 1 producer of crawfish, alligators
and shallots in America.

* Louisiana produces 24 percent of the nation's salt,
the most in America.

* Much of the world's food, coffee and oil pass through
the Port of New Orleans.

* Tabasco, a Louisiana product, holds the second oldest
food trademark in the U.S. Patent Office.

* Steen's Syrup Mill in Abbeville, Louisiana is the
world's largest syrup plant producing sugar cane syrup.

* America's oldest rice mill is in New Iberia,
Louisiana at KONRIKO Co

* The International Joke Telling Contest is held annually
in Opelousas, Louisiana.

* LSU (The Ole War Skule) in Baton Rouge has the
distinction of contributing the most officers to WW II
after the U.S. Military academies.

* The Louisiana Hayride radio show helped Hank Williams,
Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash achieve stardom. It was
broadcast from KWKH Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana from
1948 to 1960.

* The term Uncle Sam was coined on the wharfs of New
Orleans before Louisiana was a U.S. Territory as goods
labeled U.S. Were from 'Uncle Sam.'

* The game of craps was invented in New Orleans in 1813 as
betting was a common activity on the wharves.

* When states had their own currency, the Louisiana Dix
(French for ten) was a favored currency for trade. English
speakers called them Dixies and coined the term Dixieland.

* New Orleans is the home of the oldest pharmacy in America
at 514 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. These early
medical mixtures became known as cocktails (guess they were
good for what ails ya), coining yet another term.

* New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz, the only true
American art form.

Jazz gave birth to the Blues and Rock and Roll music.

Viva La Louisiane!!!

From: george
To: "J"
Date: Monday, July 28, 2008, 1:58 PM

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