Why Do People Love Baton Rouge? Because it's Amazing!

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Most people who look for homes for sale in Baton Rouge, LA do it for one of two reasons: they’ve always lived in the area or they’ve fallen in love with it when visiting.

 

In many cases, it’s a combination of both.

 

But what’s so special about Baton Rouge, and why are people from all over the country (and the rest of the world, too) flocking here?

 

Why People Love Baton Rouge

 

Why Do People Love Baton Rouge?

 

Rich in history (it was founded in 1721) and full of thriving culture, arts, and business, Baton Rouge is an exceptional place to call home.

 

Fast (and Fun) Facts About Baton Rouge

 

Why’s it called Baton Rouge? Bâton rouge means “red pole” in French — and there was a Muscogee boundary marker near the site of what we know as the city. French explorer Sieur d’Iberville came up the Mississippi in 1699 when he saw the red pole, and Baton Rouge was born. (Historic Iberville Parish is a great place to gather some additional knowledge on the area, too.)

 

Interestingly, Baton Rouge is a lot older than that, though. Evidence of human habitation here dates back as early as 8000 B.C.E., and earthwork mounds were built here by hunter-gatherer societies during the Middle Archaic Period.

 

Why People Love Baton Rouge

 

Baton Rouge Neighborhoods

 

This beautiful city has more than its share of spectacular neighborhoods, which you can explore here. Some of the most notable include Bocage Lakes, Highland and Perkins.

 

Protected Areas in Baton Rouge

 

National protected areas in Baton Rouge include:

 

  •          Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
  •          Baton Rouge National Cemetery
  •          Independence Park Botanic Gardens
  •          Laurens Henry Cohn, Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum
  •          LSU Hilltop Arboretum
  •          Magnolia Cemetery
  •          Port Hudson National Cemetery

 

Baton Rouge’s Corner on Sports

 

Several college sports teams (hailing from Louisiana State University, Southern University, and Our Lady of the Lake College) call Baton Rouge home, and the Deep South Rugby Football Union is headquartered here, too.

 

Getting Around Baton Rouge

 

The major highways that provide access to the city are I-10, I-12, and I-110. Two U.S. highways, U.S. 61 and U.S. 190, also run through the city.

 

Louisiana roads through the city include:

 

  •          LA 19
  •          LA 30
  •          LA 37
  •          LA 42
  •          LA 67
  •          LA 73
  •          LA 427
  •          LA 1248
  •          LA 3064
  •          LA 3246

 

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is also located in the city, and three major rail lines — Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and Canadian National — come here, too.

 

The Capital Area Transit System, or CATS, provides urban transportation. Most CATS buses are outfitted with bike racks to make things even easier on city-smart commuters. There’s also a Greyhound Bus Lines terminal downtown.

 

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