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5 Fun Facts About December 11 In Louisiana History

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1. On December 11, 1816, Louisiana officially became the 18th state in the United States of America. Although it had been under Spanish and French control for centuries, Louisiana was finally admitted to the Union and became a key player in American politics and culture.

2. In 1837, the first steam-powered train arrived in Louisiana on December 11. Known as the "Pontchartrain Rail-Road," the train was a major engineering feat and marked the beginning of the state's railroad industry.

3. On December 11, 1862, the Confederate Army under General Richard Taylor won a major victory over Union forces at the Battle of Brashiers' Farm. This battle was part of the larger Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War and helped the Confederacy hold its grip on southern Louisiana.

4. In 1915, the Pelican State Normal School (now known as Southeastern Louisiana University) was established on December 11. The school was founded to train teachers for Louisiana's growing public school system and has since grown into a major university with over 15,000 students.

5. December 11, 1972, marked the opening of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The Superdome was the largest fixed-domed structure in the world at the time of its opening and served as the home of the NFL's New Orleans Saints for over 30 years. It also hosted numerous other events, including Super Bowl XLVII and several NCAA Final Fours.
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