1902
Louisiana state seal, featuring a pelican feeding its own flesh to its young, is adopted.
1796
The first opera in the U.S. is performed – in New Orleans!
4,287,768
Population of Louisiana. (U.S. Census 2006)
26,800
Number of farms in Louisiana. (U.S. Department of Agriculture 2007)
1901
The first oil well in Louisiana is drilled in a rice field in Evangeline. (Louisiana Office of Conservation)
220,000
Oil wells drilled in Louisiana, to date. (Louisiana Office of Conservation)