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The Baton Rouge University Area

This capital city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is situated on the land east of the Mississippi riverbank; in the foot of the boot-shaped state.  It is the seat of the East Baton Rouge Parish – an equivalent of what is normally referred to as a county in most other parts of the U.S.  The combined government of Baton Rouge and several rural areas are represented by the Metropolitan Council and the Mayor-President.

Artifacts along the local rivers, including the Mississippi river, date early settlers back to 8000 B.C.  Indigenous peoples inhabited the Baton Rouge area for thousands of years before Frenchmen began to explore the area in 1699 and settle the land in 1719 with the establishment of a fort.  

The population would increase indirectly with the Expulsion of approximately 11,000 Acadians from Acadia by British colonial officers in 1755.   Many expelled Acadians settled in Baton Rouge area that would become Acadiana; where they continued their cultural traditions but relabeled themselves as Cajuns.

In 1763, and with the exception of New Orleans, Britain gained all land East of the Mississippi with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.  This included Baton Rouge.  Land grants would draw in more European-American settlers to the area.  The town would be seized by the Spanish during the American Revolutionary War in the Battle of Baton Rouge in 1779.

With the Louisiana Purchase, the United States gained North American land; formerly under the control of the French, which surrounded Spanish West Florida by the United States.  It would be claimed by rebels of West Florida who would hold control for 90 days before being seized by American forces ordered by President James Madison who claim the territory was part of the U.S. according to the Louisiana Purchase.

The population would more than double by the time the Civil War broke out; however it would stunt economic growth and once Union Forces entered the territory in 1862, the area would suffer physical damage as well after the one and only confederate attempt to reclaim the city.

The Baton Rouge area would experience another population boost with the arrival of freed slaves; who relocated from rural areas seeking more opportunity and safer communities among other blacks.  By 1880, Baton Rouge consisted of 60% blacks.  Jim Crow laws emerged during this time until civil rights legislation laws passed in the 1960’s overturned such legislation.  The first bus boycott took place in Baton Rouge and influenced the more talked about Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Hotel Services and Amenities

Travelers along I-10 can find a satisfying place to rest for the night at La Quinta Inn & Suites Baton Rouge University Area.  At your cozy hotel you can count on a comfortable stay without breaking the bank. Decked out in warm colors, each spacious room features a flat-panel TV with HD programming, a coffeemaker, a hairdryer and iron with ironing board. Plug your electronics into the TV and turn it into a personal play center or catch up on emails with free Wi-Fi. Wake up to free Bright Side Breakfast with waffles and fresh fruit and spend a lazy afternoon by the outdoor pool. Guests get free passes to a nearby fitness center. After a long day of travel, enjoy a hearty meal in the adjacent restaurant and stock up on necessities at the adjacent convenience store. Guest laundry facilities are available. Well-behaved pets are welcome and parking is free.  Guests enjoy many perks and an outdoor pool.

Baton Rouge Attractions

Off I-10, our hotel makes for a perfect launch pad to explore downtown Baton Rouge; try your luck at a riverboat casino or visit your student at Louisiana State University. Sample Creole and Cajun flavors at the nearby restaurants, cheer on your favorite team and enjoy shopping and sightseeing all within a short drive from our hotel. Think southern hospitality, clubs famous for playing the blues and home-style cooking steeped in traditions when you think about this part of the world. A melting pot of English, French and Spanish cultures, Baton Rouge offers its own take on good time living with its vibrant restaurants scene, museums and sporting venues.

Hop on I-10 right outside our hotel and find yourself downtown by the art-deco skyscraper housing the Old Louisiana State Capitol. Government offices, Louisiana Workers Compensation Headquarters, Pennington Biomedical Research and Catholic Life Center are also nearby. In town to check on your student at Louisiana State University? Take them out for a lunch of succulent crawfish and go to a game at the immense Tiger Stadium.

From ballet to Broadway, performances and all sorts of entertainment are at your fingertips at the Riverside Centroplex. Go all in at the riverboat casinos or soak in history on board USS Kidd and Naval War Museum. Hit the greens at the Webb Park or stock up on the latest fashions at the Mall of Louisiana. For an ultra-contemporary experience, check out the Shaw Center for the Arts with its museums, galleries and stores in the heart of downtown. Families would appreciate quality time at Blue Baton Rouge Zoo and Blue Bayou Waterpark. Craving a step back in time? Magnolia Mound Plantation is a 19th-century architectural gem with sprawling grounds and extensive historic collections.