Happy Spring Break, U of M! The University of Minnesota’s Agricultural Education Club is about to embark on a journey to Louisiana, and we want YOU to be a part of it!
As a part of a 1 credit course offering, students will be blogging about their travels, and you can follow along both by reading here, and checking out the twitter handle, #BigEasy13, as students tweet about their adventures!
28 students and two brave chaperones will be taking over the Big Easy and learning all there is to know about “Agriculture in the South.”
30 Louisiana Facts for 30 Traveling Minnesotans
by: Katie Winslow
- The Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson a national hero, was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 had ended and more than a month before the news of the war’s end had reached Louisiana.
- The state capitol is Baton Rouge
- Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors.
- The largest city is New Orleans. Baron Rouge is the second.
- Louisiana is the only state in the union that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes. There are 64.
- Breaux Bridge is known as the “Crawfish Capital of the World”.
- Jennings is called the “Garden Spot of Louisiana” for its rich and productive farmland.
- Winnsboro, the “Stars and Stripes Capital of Louisiana”, is one of the most patriotic cities in America. On Memorial Day, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, Labor Day, and other special occasions, approximately 350 American flags fly proudly along highway 15.
- Major industries include agriculture in the form of rice, cotton, and soybeans. Salt production, oil and natural gas as well as fishing.
- Other Agricultural commodities include: cattle, sugarcane, poultry, eggs, and dairy.
- State Motto: Union Justice and Confidence
- Louisiana was the 18th state. They joined on April 30, 1812
- The sate flower is the Magnolia
- Famous people that came from Louisiana include but are not limited to: Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Huey P. Long, G. Beene, Truman Capote, Michael De Bakey, Bryant Gumbel, and Kordell Stewart.
- Nicknamed the Pelican state
- The state drink is Milk!
- In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered a simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth is considered an aggravated assault.
- Louisiana State Colors: Gold, white and blue
- The highest elevation is Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish at 535 feet above sea level
- Louisiana Governor is Bobby Jindal of the Republican Party
- State bird: Pelican
- Louisiana was named in Honor of Louis XIV of France
- Louisiana’s neighboring states are Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi
- Louisiana has two senators David Vitter (R) and Mary Landrieu (D). They are also represented by six U.S. Representatives.
- State Tree: Bald Cypress
- Yearly precipitation: 48 inches
- The Mississippi River isn’t the state’s only major water way. The Red, Quachita and Sabine Rivers are also big and of course the Gulf of Mexico.
- State animal: Louisiana Black Bear
- State Insect: Honeybee
- From the Minnesota State Capitol to the Louisiana State Capitol it is approximately 1,177 miles or 17 hours and 45 minutes. I’m sure glad we are flying!