Although Baton Rouge literally means "redstick," those that love the city know it also means food, fun, good times, and an ever growing Real Estate Market. Be sure to check out Dave's Top 10 to see what a really great place Baton Rouge is.        

Baton Rouge is French for “red stick,” a seemingly strange name for a city. When French explorer D’Iberville led his exploration party up the Mississippi River in 1699, the group came to a cypress pole on a bluff above the river covered with bloody animal and fish heads. The “red stick” marked the boundary between the hunting grounds of Houma Native American tribes and became symbol for Baton Rouge. In 1718, Dartaguette established the first French settlement in the area; but in 1763, the British took control and called their outpost New Fort Richmond. Following the American Revolution the Spanish took control of the region and Spanish control lasted until 1810. When the Spanish were overthrown by local settlers for the first time, the U.S. flag flew over the region.

Baton Rouge was incorporated in 1817. River traffic flourished and the city was crowded with steamboats, flatboats and barges. The state capital was moved to Baton Rouge from New Orleans in 1849 and it remained there until the Civil War brought difficult times. Baton Rouge remained in the Confederacy for only 16 months. On May 29, 1862, Union troops occupied Baton Rouge. The capital was moved back to New Orleans. By the late 1880s the city began recovering its former status. Louisiana State University and Southern University moved to Baton Rouge. Standard Oil Company relocated refining operations to the banks of the river. In the 1930s, a new Louisiana State Capitol Building was again built in Baton Rouge under the direction of Huey P. Long. Baton Rouge was one of the fastest growing cities in the south and Huey P. Long was one of the most famous or infamous Governors in history.

Today, Baton Rouge remains at the center of Louisiana government and continues to grow. The population doubled following the influx of New Orleans’ residents seeking shelter after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Motivated by fears of future hurricanes and levee problems, many of those who left New Orleans will remain in Baton Rouge. The people of Baton Rouge are rising to the challenges and opportunities with the traditional “joie de vivre” (joy of living) that permeates life in the “Red Stick.”