Spanish Town Historical

Spanish Town Historical (HM1UJJ)

Location: Baton Rouge, LA 70802 East Baton Rouge Parish
Country: United States of America

N 30° 27.17', W 91° 11.086'

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Established In 1805

Founded in 1805, Spanish Town is Baton Rouge's oldest neighborhood having the oldest architectural history in the area. The surviving buildings represent popular styles from a period of Louisiana's history.

Spanish settlers from the Canary Islands were encouraged by colonial Governor Carlos de Grand Pre' to settle here to help defend Fort San Carlos, once located just west of the neighborhood on the river. After 1810 the United States established a military garrison on the site of the former Spanish outpost.

During the Civil War, many houses were destroyed by Federal authorities as they strengthened the defensive perimeter around the old Garrison. Only a few antebellum structures along North Street were spared.

During Reconstruction, Spanish Town grew into a thriving, almost exclusively African-American community. Freed slaves looking for work settled in the old neighborhood and built some of its signature cottages and shotgun houses.

In 1886, Louisiana State University moved to the old garrison grounds and Spanish Town became a lively university neighborhood. Many new homes were built for faculty and students. Following LSU's move in 1926 to a new campus, the old campus became the site of the present State Capitol Park.

Through decades of suburban migration, Spanish Town's
popularity ebbed and flowed but it has always been known for charming architecture and a diverse neighborhood feel. In 1978, the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Home restorations continue today and the city's most famous Mardi Gras parade attracts thousands of revelers each year to Spanish Town Road.
—John Sykes, 2006
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Date Added Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 674289 N 3370364
Decimal Degrees30.45283333, -91.18476667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.17', W 91° 11.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 10.2" N, 91° 11' 5.16" W
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Area Code(s)225
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 630 N 6th St, Baton Rouge LA 70802, US
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