Mid City was carved out of a forested oak grove, and the abundance of old oak trees that line the streets reflect its rich history. Government St. is an old road where residents drove their wagons into the woods to gather moss to sell to the mattress factory on Dufroc and Main Street. Government Park was the location of the old Magnolia Racetrack with its enormous grandstand, and Government St. was one of the main thoroughfares to the old Baton Rouge airport at what is now Independence Park. Three of Baton Rouge’s finest schools are located on or near Government St. in Mid City, and Baton Rouge Community College in Mid City is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.
From large commercial holdings along Florida Blvd. to neighborhood mom-and-pop retail operations, from the turn-of-the-century, row lined houses visible in the Eden Park community to the larger residences of the Garden District, from N. 19th Baptist Church to the Capitol Park, Mid City, in a sense, is a reflection of the Baton Rouge Community.
The merchants of Mid City welcome you to our presence on the web, and encourage you to come and experience the sights, sounds, and shopping of this unique neighborhood in our city.