This is the Most Historic Landmark in the State of Louisiana
When it comes to history, the Great State of Louisiana is loaded. Not that it's a competition, but the Sportsman's Paradise's first settlement was founded way back in 1699 - and in the time between then and now, a lot has happened here.
Trying to decide just which spot in Louisiana is the most historic is like trying to find the most delicious part of your steak from 2 Johns - it's nearly impossible! That being said, the folks at Reader's Digest (AKA what we read in the bathroom before phones) have done the research to find the most historic spot in each and every state in the U.S., and they have picked a very special building in Louisiana to bestow that honor upon.
After many arguments and re-calculations, the most historic building in all of Louisiana is: The Cabildo in New Orleans' famous Jackson Square. It was built by the Spanish after the great fire of 1788 that destroyed a huge chunk of the city, including the building that used to be where the Cabildo now stands. The building was constructed between 1795 and 1799, and has been the most enduring landmark in the state since then.
Once you learn that "Cabildo" roughly translates in to "Town Hall," the sheer amount of history that happened in and around this building makes a whole lot of sense. The Cabildo was the site of the historic sight of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which doubled the size of our country for a mere $15 million.
Then, the building served as the center of the New Orleans government until 1853. That's when it became the home of the Louisiana State Supreme Court until 1908 when the Cabildo was converted into a museum that houses some of the most important historical artifacts in this entire nation.
We almost lost this Louisiana treasure to a fire in 1988, when the building was heavily damaged by a raging fire. Thanks to some 600-year-old French timber-framing techniques and some master craftsmen, the Cabildo was restored to its former glory and still stands that way today.