Images of America: West Baton Rouge Parish was published in the Fall of 2021 by Arcadia. The West Baton Rouge Historical Association (WBRHA), in collaboration with Lauren Hawthorne, West Baton Rouge Museum Curator of Collections, authored this book under the direction of WBRHA Book Committee members Brian Falcon, Mary Bennett, Glen Daigle, and Tom Acosta. Ms. Joanne Bourgeois of Brusly also identified and provided additional information on numerous Brusly photographs. Acosta appears at the Louisiana Book Festival as 2021-2022 WBRHA President.
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 4
Louisiana Towns and Parishes: Opelousas, Plaquemine, Cameron Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish
with Tom Acosta, Carola Lillie Harley, Stella Carline Tanoos, Andrew Edward Tingler, and moderator Katie Parry
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers
West Baton Rouge Parish
West Baton Rouge Parish was established in 1807 along the banks of the Mississippi River across from what would become Louisiana's capital. Its connection to the river has long been an attraction for the people who live here and the pioneers who first settled the area more than 200 years ago. Today, the parish has three incorporated towns--Addis, Brusly, and Port Allen. Because of the rich alluvial soil deposited by the Mississippi River, West Baton Rouge largely became an agricultural community; sugar has always been it biggest crop. In the early 20th century, the Texas & Pacific Railroad made the community a bustling hub. Over the years, West Baton Rouge's position along the river attracted petrochemical companies like Dow, ShinTech, and Placid Refining Company. Now, the parish has one of the largest deepwater ports and a thriving major chemical and manufacturing industry.
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