Interesting facts about cities in Louisiana include that Baton Rouge has the tallest state capitol building in the United States, and Metairie is home to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the longest bridge over water in the world. Mamou calls itself the Cajun Music Capital of the World, and Breaux Bridge claims to be the Crawfish Capital of the World.
Interesting geographical facts about Louisiana cities include that Atchafalaya Basin, located in Saint Martin Parish, is the world's largest freshwater basin. Jennings is called the Garden Spot of Louisiana because of its productive farmland. The original surveys for Ville Platte noted that surveyors had to use flat boats to complete their jobs. Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish has the highest elevation in the state at 535 feet above sea level, and New Orleans has the lowest point in the state at 8 feet below sea level.
There are also several interesting historical facts about Louisiana cities. Natchitoches, founded in 1714, is the oldest town in Louisiana. The Louisiana Native Guards was the first American unit to have African-American officers, sworn-in at Port Hudson on Sept. 27, 1862. Sulphur owes its name to the chemical and mining industries that helped Calcasieu Parish flourish in the 1800s. Jean Lafitte was a pirates' hideaway.