There are many historical places of note on the capitol grounds. An Indian mound is located there dating back 3,500 years. The grounds were once the site of the British Fort San Carlos. Spanish forces in 1779 retook the fort and ended British control of the Mississippi River. The Pentagon Barracks were built in this area in 1819 and survived Civil War bombardment. The weather was too unpredictable with strong winds and a bit of moisture in the air so we were unable to explore many of the historic sites on the capitol grounds. We did, however, tour the old arsenal museum.
On the second floor are rooms with displays relating to the history of Louisiana, especially the governors. As I wrote in the previous posting, most notorious of them was Huey Long. One room is devoted to Long's good and bad virtues, letting the visitor to decide for himself/herself how they wish to remember the man. True, he got a lot accomplished for the state, as 13,000 mile of roads, funding for Louisiana State University and the Port of New Orleans, books for school children- in a sense he was a bit like Robin Hood in that regard. However, as the museum also indicates, he was a ruthless dictator in his political wheeling and dealing. Many years ago I read All The Kings Men by Robert P. Warren, and one of the characters, Willie Stark, is believed to be inspired by the life of Huey Long.