Louisiana Office of Tourism, P O Box 94291 Capital Station, Baton Rouge LA 70804-9291; 225-342-1857; Fax: 225-342-8390.
State Amphibian: green tree frog
State Bird: Eastern brown pelican
State Colors: blue, white, and gold
State Crustacean: crawfish
State Dog: Catahoula leopard dog
State Doughnut: beignet
State Drink: milk
State Environmental Song: Gifts of the Earth
State Flower: magnolia blossom
State Folk Dance: square dance
State Fossil: petrified palmwood
State Freshwater Fish: white perch
State Fruit: strawberry
State Gemstone: agate
State Insect: honeybee
State Jellies: mayhaw jelly and Louisiana sugar cane jelly
State Mammal: Louisiana black bear
State March Song: Louisiana My Home Sweet Home
State Meat Pie: Natchitoches meat pie
State Motto: Union, Justice, and Confidence
State Musical Instrument: diatonic or Cajun accordion
State Nickname: Pelican State and Sportsman's Paradise
State Painting: Louisiana by Johnny O. Bell and Johnny F. Bell
State Reptile: alligator
State Saltwater Fish: spotted sea trout
State Soil: ruston
State Songs: Give Me Louisiana and You Are My Sunshine
State Tree: bald cypress
State Vegetable: sweet potato
State Vegetable Plant: Creole tomato
State Wildflower: Louisiana iris
New Orleans, Louisiana — Founded in 1718, New Orleans was once the state and territorial capital. It was capital of the French Louisiana from 1722 (replacing Biloxi, Mississippi) until 1812, when Louisiana became a state. From 1812 to 1830, it was the state capital. And again, from 1831 to 1849 when Baton Rouge became the capital. It was also the state capital from 1864 to 1880.
Donaldsonville, Louisiana — The Historic Donaldsonville Museum, 318 Mississippi Street,
P O Box 1085, Donaldsonville, Louisiana 70346. Web: http://www.hdm1806.org. The legislature met for the first time in Donaldsonville on January 4, 1830. A second legislative session was held in January 1831.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana — Became the state capital in 1849 and remained so, except for a few years during the Civil War, until 1864. It again became the capital after 1880 and remains the capital to this day. The Louisiana capitol building is the tallest state capitol building in the United States.
Opelousas, Louisiana — Confederate state capital after Baton Rouge fell to Union troops (May 7 to August 21, 1862).
Shreveport, Louisiana — Confederate state capital (late April, 1863, after the Battle of Irish Bend, to late May, 1863).
Give Me Louisiana; Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man; The Battle of New Orleans; Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans; Louisiana My Home Sweet Home;
Baton Rouge; Sweet New Orleans; City of New Orleans.
Louisiana law prohibits bars and restaurants from displaying any alcohol
beverage brand name that can be seen from outside the establishment.