This Week in Louisiana History

On July 31, 1968, the Horace Wilkinson Bridge became the official name of the I-10 bridge over the Mississippi River, commonly called the “new” bridge. The official name of the bridge commemorates three men who shared the name Horace Wilkinson: father, son and grandson. All were legislators from West Baton Rouge Parish. The interstate system was begun in 1956 and mostly completed during the 1960s and ’70s. (One section in Philadelphia is yet to be completed.) The purpose was to connect the main cities and industrial centers of the country. It is commonly thought that the system of limited-access … Continue reading →

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What's in a Name?

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Molly Manson

Louisiana has bridges on almost every road, and some roads have way more than one. With the new school year approaching, here's an idea for a social studies project: Have your students find out the name of a bridge nearby and research the story behind the bridge.

Check out “This Week in Louisiana History” on Aug. 1 for the story behind the name of the I-10 “new” Mississippi River bridge.

Vote, it's a hard-won right

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Molly Manson

Voting, both as a privilege and a responsibility, is an activity often neglected.

Typically, in elections that do not include a gubernatorial or presidential race, the voter turnout is low.

In Louisiana's next election, Nov. 4, voters will decide on constitutional amendments, plus elect U.S. senators and representatives, justices of the peace, state representatives, district attorneys, mayors and other officials.

These local elections have an influence on our daily lives that is both far-reaching and immediate.

Read “This Week in Louisiana History” to see how far we have come in allowing all citizens of Louisiana to vote.

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