Photographer's Note

A Mississippi steamboat pilot described the Louisiana State Capitol as: "It is pathetic...that a whitewashed castle, with turrets and things...should ever have been built in this otherwise honorable place."
--- Mark Twain

Local New Orleans called their new capitol building "the Louisiana Castle". It was completed in 1847 and remained the capitol until 1932 when it was replaced by the unusual skyscraper one (posted a week ago).

The design architect, James Dakin conceived his "Castellated Gothic" style due to its decoration with cast-iron, which was cheaper than rock materials, like marble.

The Castle Capitol was restored in the 1990s and is now the Museum of Political History. In 2010, BRC Imagination created new immersive exhibits and attractions showcasing the unique Louisiana historic artifacts, history and the building itself. The Museum even has on display the gun used to kill the famous Louisiana governor, Huey Long.

Today the newest attraction is "The Ghost of the Castle" a 4D immersive theatrical presentation with the ghost of Sarah Morgan, from the Civil War period.
It includes floating images from the past surrounding the audience, and a tribute to those who have saved the castle over the decades.

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