Louisiana

The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is one of the largest and most notorious maximum security prisons in the country. Nicknamed "the Farm," it is a working agricultural complex that utilizes cheap prisoner labor (wages range between 4 cents and 20...

One of the major bomber bases in the country, and one of only two bases with B-52's (the other is Minot AFB, ND). Barksdale is the only complete B-52 crew training center for the country. The base covers 22,000 acres. Has a backup command center for the...

Part of the nation's Emergency Oil Stockpile, the Bayou Choctaw site holds 72 million barrels of crude oil. The site is connected to the St. James terminal on the Mississippi River by a 37-mile, 36-inch-diameter pipeline. The reserve originally consisted of...

The Brimstone Historical Society Museum is a local history museum notable primarily because of its exhibit describing the Sulphur Mining Process. Located in an old train depot, the museum opened in 1976, to commemorate the sulphur industry that was centered...

Major petrochemical and plastics plant, and one of four chemical plants operated by ExxonMobil in the Baton Rouge area. Located along "petrochemical alley", one of the nation's largest industrial corridors, with plastics plants and chemical plants lining both...

In order to cross the Mississippi River, while enabling large vessels to pass underneath, trains begin a long, slow climb from the near sea-level swamps of southern Louisiana, two miles away from the river itself. The structure that allows this is part of one...

A growing network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border. Operated by the Air Force and the US Customs service, TARS' primary mission is to detect...

Located on both banks of the Mississippi in New Orleans, this installation was a diversified multiservice facility, used primarily for administrative and servicing activities.  Closed in 2011.

New Llano is the site of a Socialist community, said to be the longest surviving socialist community in American history. It operated for over 20 years, from 1917 to around 1937. The community was originally called Llano del Rio, and was established in the...

A 4,800 acre reserve forces aviation training center, employing around 1,900 military and civilian personnel.

This plant refines bauxite, imported primarily from the large buaxite mines in Jamaica, converting it into alumina, the raw material for aluminum.  Purchased in 2004 by Noranda Aluminum from Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, one of the largest...

Major petroleum refinery on 130 acres. One of four oil refineries in the Norco area. The name of the community, Norco, comes from the New Orleans Refining Company, which built a refinery here in 1916. This same refinery has expanded into this plant which now...

The Old River Control Structure is composed of this billion dollar series of locks and dams located at a point along the Mississippi River, which prevent the river from diverting into the Atchafalaya River. The natural meandering patterns of the Mississippi...

A large Shell Chemical plant on an 800 acre site on the Mississippi River. The plant is one of the world's largest producer of surfactants, chemicals used in detergents and lubricants, and also makes ethylenes, such as those used in anti-freezes. It is...

Part of the supply system for the nation's Emergency Oil Stockpile, the terminal area's 173 acres contain two river docks, six storage tanks (2 million barrel total capacity), pumping and metering stations, and a control complex. Each dock can load 40,000...

Manufactures combat vehicles for both land and sea, including hovercrafts for the Navy, and armored vehicles for the foreign customers. Main plant and headquarters outside New Orleans.

Major petrochemical plant, with adjacent facilities in Taft and Hahnville, that produces plastics, solvents, and other industrial chemicals. A Union Carbide resin plant across the river, the Cyprus Plant, uses stock material from Taft/Star polypropylene resin...

Part of the nation's Emergency Oil Stockpile until it was sold due to structural integrity concerns in the vault, in the late 1990's. The Weeks Island site was the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's only mechanically mined storage site. Between 1977 and 1992, a...

Part of the nation's Emergency Oil Stockpile. Originally, five previously developed brine caverns were acquired and converted to 49-million-barrels of oil storage capacity. The Department of Energy has since developed 17 additional 10- million-barrel storage...