This is the capitol city of Louisiana, and we do try to visit the state capitols as much as possible. Our niece Kat was a bit dubious about visiting the city, but she was up for going where we wanted to go. During the course of the day we learned about how the city got its name. Baton Rouge in English means "red stick". A French explorer in 1698 saw a tree stripped of its bark and draped with freshly killed animals. It marked the boundary line between two American Indian tribes. So Baton Rouge became known as the place of the red stick, I must admit it does sound a bit odd.