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Encyclopedia > Alexandria, Louisiana
City of Alexandria
City
View down 3rd Street in Downtown Alexandria
Nickname : Alex (pronounced 'Ellic')
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Rapides
Area 27.0 sq mi (69.9 km²)
 - land 26.4 sq mi (68.4 km²)
 - water 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km²), 2.22%
 - metro 2,027 sq mi (5,249.9 km²)
Center
 - coordinates 31°17′34″N 92°27′33″W / 31.29278, -92.45917Coordinates: 31°17′34″N 92°27′33″W / 31.29278, -92.45917
 - elevation 75 ft (22.9 m)
Population 46,342 (2000)
 - metro 145,035 (2000)
Density 677.5 /sq mi (261.6 /km²)
 - metro 72 /sq mi (27.8 /km²)
Incorporated 1818
 - City Charter 1882
Mayor Jacques Roy
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 71301-3
Area code 318
Location of Alexandria in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website : http://www.cityofalexandriala.com

Alexandria is a city in Louisiana and the parish seat of Rapides Parish. [1] [2] It lies on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area (population 147,000) which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant Parishes. The 2008 population estimate for the city of Alexandria was 50,166. List of cities, towns, and villages in Louisiana, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Jacques Maurice Roy (born September 1970) a Democrat, is the twenty-third mayor of Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Area code 318 is a telephone area code that covers the central and northern parts of Louisiana. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 331 × 303 pixelsFull resolution (331 × 303 pixel, file size: 12 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Donaldsonville, Louisiana Gonzales, Louisiana Sorrento, Louisiana... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_LA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Louisiana ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A parish seat is the administrative center of a parish in the US state of Louisiana. ... Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... The Red River is one of several rivers with that name, and of two rivers with that name in the United States. ... Map of Louisiana highlighting the Alexandria metropolitan area. ... Grant Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...

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History

The area of Alexandria, located along the Red River, was originally home to a community supporting activities of the adjacent Spanish outpost of Post du Rapides. The area developed as a vibrant, yet sometimes debaucherous, assemblage of traders and merchants in the agricultural lands bordering the mostly unsettled areas to the north, and providing a link to from the south to the El Camino Real and then larger settlement of Natchitoches. Alexander Fulton, a Pennsylvania businessman, received a land grant from Spain in 1785, and the first organized settlement was made at that time. In 1805, Fulton and business partner Thomas Harris Maddox laid out the town plan and named the town after Fulton's infant daughter who died around that time. It was first incorporated as a town in 1818 and received a city charter in 1882.[3] The Red River is one of several rivers with that name, and of two rivers with that name in the United States. ... The Old San Antonio Road (sometimes called El Camino Real, Camino Arriba, or Lower Presidio Road) is a historic roadway located in Texas and Louisiana, United States. ... The city of Natchitoches (pronounced , or NAK-uh-tush) is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


The Civil War

Alexandria occupied by Union Forces: May 7, 1863
Alexandria occupied by Union Forces: May 7, 1863

Settled by northerners and having little culturally in common with the majority of the Old South, Alexandria found itself in a quandary during the American Civil War. Regardless of political inclinations or loyalties to North or South, its location on the Red River made the city a major strategic target. In the spring of 1863, a Union fleet under Admiral David D. Porter, operating on the Red River, cooperated with land forces under General Nathaniel Prentice Banks in pushing the Confederates westward. Alexandria was occupied on May 7, 1863, but the troops were soon withdrawn for the Port Hudson attack. On March 19, 1864, it was again occupied by the Union forces, who made it the point of concentration for another land and naval expedition against E. Kirby Smith and Shreveport. After the check of this expedition and its abandonment, Alexandria was again vacated on May 12-13, when the city was almost entirely burned, leaving only a few homes, owned by friends of Union General Sherman, and the city's cathedral, which had been defended from fire squads by a shotgun-wielding bishop at its front door. The Union gunboats, which had passed up the river toward Shreveport at high water, were caught in its decline above the falls at Alexandria, but they were saved by a splendid piece of engineering (a dam at the falls), constructed by Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Bailey, who for this service received the thanks of Congress and the brevet of brigadier-general of volunteers. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... 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Nathaniel P. Banks, engraving from a Mathew Brady Carte de visite Nathaniel Prentice (or Prentiss)[1] Banks (January 30, 1816 – September 1, 1894), American politician and soldier, served as Governor of Massachusetts, Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives, and as a Union general in the... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial)  States that seceded under CSA control  States and territories claimed by CSA without formal secession and/or control Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 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Geography and climate

Alexandria is located at 31°17′34″N, 92°27′33″W[4] and has an elevation of 75 feet (22.9 m)[5].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.0 square miles (69.9 km²). 26.4 sq mi (68.4 km²) of it is land and 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km²) of it (2.15%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...

Alexandria gas station awning damaged by Hurricane Rita
Alexandria gas station awning damaged by Hurricane Rita
Bayou Rapides south of MacArthur Dr.
Bayou Rapides south of MacArthur Dr.

Alexandria is on a level plain in the center of the Louisiana Longleaf Pine forests, in which pine is interspersed with various hardwoods. A number of small bayous meander throughout the city. In the immediate vicinity of the city, cotton, sugar, alfalfa, and garden vegetables are cultivated. The climate is primarily humid subtropical with some continental influence in the winter. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild, with occasional cold snaps. The area receives plentiful rainfall year-round, and snowfalls are rare. Tropical storms and hurricanes occasionally affect Alexandria, but usually never cause any severe damage, unlike areas closer to the coast. The most recent hurricane to affect Alexandria was Hurricane Rita in September of 2005, which caused widespread power outages and damaged the roofs of some structures. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... ... This article is about a community of trees. ... Beech is a typical temperate zone hardwood For the record label, see Hardwood Records. ... Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson, Texas off of U.S. Route 59. ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... This article is about sugar as food and as an important and widely-traded commodity. ... For the Our Gang (Little Rascals) character, see Carl Switzer. ... Humid subtropical climates are characterized by hot, humid summers and cool to mild winters. ... Lowest pressure 895 mbar (hPa)[1] Damages $10 billion (2005 USD)[1] Fatalities 7 direct, 113 indirect Areas affected Bahamas, Florida, Cuba, Yucatán Peninsula, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas Part of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season Hurricane Rita is the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most...


People and culture

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 46,342 people,[2] 17,816 households, and 11,722 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,754.6/sq mi(677.5/km²). There were 19,806 housing units at an average density of 749.9/sq mi(289.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 54.75% Black or African American, 42.60% White, , 0.25% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... Hispanic Americans (Spanish: Hispano Americano) are Americans of Hispanic ethnicity who largely identify with the Hispanic cultural heritage. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...

Downtown at night
Downtown at night

There were 17,816 households, out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 23.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 2. ... Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,097, and the median income for a family was $31,978. Males had a median income of $29,456 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,242. About 23.2% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.7% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Religion

Like many other Southern cities, the largest single religious denomination in the Alexandria area is Southern Baptist. However, a significant Roman Catholic population also exists.[7] This is probably partially due to the fact that a large Acadian French population resides in and around Alexandria, many from neighboring Avoyelles Parish, who are majority Catholic. Alexandria is the headquarters for the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana, which is headed by Bishop Ronald Herzog. Alexandria also has a significant number of Methodists, Episcopalians, Pentecostals, as well as adherents to many other Protestant denominations. Furthermore, Alexandria has a small Jewish community. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States cooperative ministry agency serving missionary Baptist churches around the world. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Cajuns are an ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles and peoples of other ethnicities with whom the Acadians eventually intermarried on the semitropical frontier. ... Avoyelles (French: Paroisse des Avoyelles) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... The Diocese of Alexandria is the Catholic diocese for central Louisiana. ... For other uses, see Methodism (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Athanasius · Augustine · Constantine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas Calvin · Luther · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Pentecostal... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Annual cultural events and festivals

Mardi Gras

As Alexandria is at the cusp of Cajun culture's extension to the north, the city recognizes Mardi Gras as an official holiday. The annual Mardi Gras parade - occurring on the Sunday before Mardi Gras - on Texas Avenue is a major cultural festivity in the area. Boasted as a true family oriented event, parade goers can enjoy over 20 New Orleans style floats, high school and college marching bands, as well as appearances by local celebrities. In addition to the main Sunday parade, a children's parade takes place downtown on the Saturday before Mardi Gras and another parade known as the Krewe of Provine Parade occurs on Fat Tuesday itself down Coliseum Boulevard. Cajuns are an ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles and peoples of other ethnicities with whom the Acadians eventually intermarried on the semitropical frontier. ... For other uses, see Mardi Gras (disambiguation). ... In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the English name for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which in turn marks the beginning of Lent. ...


Cenlabration

Begun in the late 1980s, Cenlabration [8] is one of the largest festivals in Central Louisiana (Cenla). The name comes from Central Louisiana ("LA") Celebration, and reflects local culture and heritage, as well as serving as a means of celebrating the end of the summer, at the time of Labor Day. This article is about the holiday in the United States. ...


As many as three stages support a particular type of music, including Cajun and zydeco, blues and jazz, and country music. In addition there are arts and crafts booths for local artists to vendor their wares. In the Children's Village, kids can participate in arts and crafts, listen to storytellers, play games with clowns, and watch a play or two! The festival has plenty of carnival rides available as well. Cenlabration ends with a large fireworks display, lighting up the Cenla sky on the banks of the Red River.[8]


RiverFest

In 2002, representatives of local government, businesses, organizations, and community formed the nonprofit organization River Cities Cultural Alliance, Inc. to promote tourism and the arts through a celebration of Central Louisiana’s diverse cultural heritage. The nonprofit served to organize and put on RiverFest: Heritage and Arts on the Red. It was a great success with more than 10,000 festival-goers attending the day and a half event.


RiverFest is held in downtown Alexandria and on the Alexandria and Pineville levees. The festival features the work of visual artists from across the South, food booths exemplifying southern cuisine, a variety of children’s activities, three outdoor stages with a wide range of music, dance, and theatrical performances, and a literary component with readings and panel discussions by Louisiana authors and scholars. , Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. ...


Starting in 2007, RiverFest was cancelled due to a competing festival (Quein' on the Red) that began in late March 2006. Quein’ on the Red received many of the same cooperate sponsors that RiverFest received which ended RiverFest's run.


Museums

Alexandria Museum
Alexandria Museum

The Alexandria Museum of Art was founded in 1977 and occupies the historic Rapides Bank Building on the banks of the Red River. The building was built circa 1898 and is listed on the National Historic Register. It opened to the public in March of 1998. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... The Alexandria Museum of Art in central Louisiana, USA was founded in 1977. ... Old Slater Mill, a historic district in Rhode Island, has the distinction of carrying the NRHP reference number 66000001, technically making it the first property added to National Register on November 13, 1966. ...


The Louisiana History Museum is located in historic downtown Alexandria. It showcases the social evolution of all of Louisiana, but centers on the history of Central Louisiana, Rapides Parish, and Alexandria. Major exhibit areas deal with Native Americans, Louisiana geography, politics, health care, farming, and the impact of war. The Louisiana History Museum The Louisiana History Museum is located in the historic downtown portion of Alexandria, Louisiana, USA, near the Red River. ...


Performing arts

A local music festival, Jazz on the River, sponsored by the Arna Bontemps African American Museum, is held each April and features a live jazz concert on the banks of the Red River. The Rapides Symphony's annual fall concert Pops in the Park. Families come out for an evening picnic and great tunes! The spring and fall seasons are also welcomed with Downtown Rocks, a free outdoor concert series.


The Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center serves as the home of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, which has been performing in Alexandria for nearly 40 years. Circuses and other traveling performers also stage productions at the Arts Center.


Sports

The Entrance to Bringhurst Field
The Entrance to Bringhurst Field

Alexandria is the home of the Alexandria Aces minor league baseball team, the 2006 United League Baseball champions. They play their home games at Bringhurst Field. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... The Alexandria Aces are a minor league baseball team in the independent United League. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... The United League Baseball, based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, is an independent baseball league which operates in the Southeastern United States. ... Bringhurst Field is a baseball stadium in Alexandria, Louisiana. ...


Nearby is Bringhurst Golf Course, popularly known as "the nation's oldest par three course." A full-scale renovation has been planned for the near-future. In addition to Bringhurst, Alexandria is also home to four other golf courses: Oak Wing, The Links on the Bayou, LSUA, and Alexandria Golf and Country Club.


Alexandria once had a minor league ice hockey team, the Alexandria Warthogs. They played their home games at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Warthogs were an ice hockey team based in Alexandria, Louisiana. ... The Rapides Parish Coliseum is a 6,512-seat multi-purpose arena in Alexandria, Louisiana. ...


There was also a semi-pro football team, the Louisiana Rapides Rangers, who played their home games at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. They played in the Central District of the Southern American Football League, and the Southern Conference of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL). The team was owned by a Lafayette business group before moving to Beaumont, Texas in 2003.


Notable locals

  • John Ardoin — music critic for The Dallas Morning News
  • Fred H. Baden — mayor of Pineville, 1970-1998
  • Cecil R. Blair (1916-2001) — farmer and businessman, state representative (1952-1956) and state senator (1960-1964; 1966-1976) (D)
  • Arna Bontemps — African American poet and member of Harlem Renaissance
  • W. George Bowdon, Jr. (1921-2005) — former Alexandria mayor (1953-1969) (D)
  • William F. Cotton (1897-2005) — founder of Cotton's Holsum bakery, bussinessman, once oldest living WWI veteran
  • Ed Cullen — Baton Rouge Morning Advocate columnist, National Public Radio essayist and author
  • Nelder Dawson (1928-2006) — newspaper executive with Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • Tim Eads — businessman-finance
  • Faith Ford — Actress (D)
  • Camille F. Gravel, Jr. (1915-2005) — attorney, politician and confidant of governors (D)
  • Eric W. Harris (1916-2007) — businessman and founder of first Jaycees chapter in Louisiana
  • Malcolm P. Hebert (1926-2006) — engineer and former city commissioner (1973-1977) (D)
  • Ken Hollis — state senator from Jefferson Parish since 1982 (R)
  • Clyde C. Holloway — former U.S. Representative (R)
  • Lloyd H. HughesMedal of Honor recipient
  • Ed Karst (?1931-1992) — mayor from 1969-1973 (D) turned (R) turned (D) turned (No Party)
  • Carroll E. Lanier — Alexandria mayor (1977-1982) and finance commissioner (1969-1973) (D)
  • Gillis William Long (1923-1985) — U.S. representative (1963-1965; 1973-1985), Long factional politician (D)
  • Harry J. Longwell — Former EVP of ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Thomas O. Ryder — Former Chairman and CEO of Readers Digest
  • Roy O. Martin, Jr. (1922-2007) — businessman and philanthropist (R)
  • Warren Morris — former college and Major League Baseball player. He is most remembered for his 9th inning walk-off home run that won the 1996 College World Series for the Louisiana State University Tigers.
  • Ned Randolph — former Alexandria mayor (1986-2006) (D)
  • Arnold Jack Rosenthal — attorney, businessman, former city commissioner (1973-1977) (D)
  • Jock Scott — attorney, college professor, former state representative (1976-1988) (R)
  • Morris Shapiro (1910-2008), former city attorney and Rapides Parish School Board member (D)
  • Joe D. Smith, Jr. (1922-2008) — businessman and former publisher of Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • John K. Snyder (1922-1993) — former Alexandria mayor (1973-1977; 1982-1986) (D)
  • Bret Vidrine — musician; Singer-Songwriter (folk,rock,country) Nephew of Tim Eads, businessman - Finance
  • Muse Watson — actor

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Media

Newspapers

Established March 17, 1883, The Town Talk is a daily newspaper serving the Alexandria-Pineville communities, as well as the thirteen parishes that comprise central Louisiana. The newspaper was owned by the family of Jane Wilson Smith and Joe D. Smith, Jr., until March 1996, when it was sold to Central Newspapers. In August, 2000, Gannett acquired the Central Newspapers properties including The Town Talk. The name of the paper on its inaugural issue was The Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Although it has since been shorted to the current The Town Talk, it is still frequently referred to by long-time residents as the Daily Town Talk. For many years in the second half of the twentieth century, the Town Talk managing editor was Adras LaBorde, an authority on Louisiana politics. is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Gannett Company, Inc. ... Adras Paul LaBorde, I (December 12, 1912 -- March 6, 1993), was a hard-hitting reporter, editor, and columnist for the largest newspaper in central Louisiana, the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, from the mid-1940s into the early 1990s. ...


At many convenience stores, The Advocate is sold. It is a leading state-wide newspaper. The Advocate is the primary newspaper of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ...


Television

Alexandria is served by local television stations KALB (NBC), WNTZ (Fox), KLAX (ABC), KLPA (PBS), and KBCA (The CW). KALB has recently signed an affiliation deal with CBS, and has begun carrying CBS programming on digital channel 5.2 / 35.2. Before then, central Louisiana viewers watched CBS on KLFY-TV (out of Lafayette) or KNOE-TV (based in Monroe, before a tower collapse in March of 1997). KALB-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for Alexandria, Louisiana. ... This article is about the television network. ... WNTZ is the Fox affiliate for the Alexandria, Louisiana Designated Market Area, however the city of license is Natchez, Mississippi. ... FOX redirects here. ... KLAX-TV is the ABC affiliate in Alexandria, Louisiana. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a state-run, viewer-supported network of PBS member stations serving the state of Louisiana. ... PBS redirects here. ... Kingston Bible College Academy (KBCA) is a fundamental Independent Baptist School located in Kingston, Nova Scotia. ... “The CW” redirects here. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... KLFY-TV, channel 10, is a CBS affiliate in Lafayette, Louisiana. ... : Hub City : The Heart of Cajun Country United States Louisiana Lafayette 47. ... KNOE-TV, Channel 8, is the CBS affiliate for Monroe, Louisiana. ... The city of Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...


Radio

Local radio stations

Parks and outdoor attractions

Alexandria Zoological Park

A popular local attraction is the Alexandria Zoological Park. Frequently praised by American zookeeper Jack Hanna, the zoo features over 600 animals from all over the world as well as an award-winning exhibit on the Louisiana habitat. Monkeys on the Interstate, 1989, by Jack Hanna Jack Hanna (b. ...


Cotile Lake Recreation Area

Cotile Lake is a man-made impoundment located in the uplands approximately 15 miles (24 km) west-northwest of Alexandria, Louisiana. The lake is approximately 1,775 acres (7 km²) in size and was completed in October 1965. The Louisiana Wild Life and Fisheries Commission stocked this impoundment with the proper species and number of game fish in 1965-66 shortly after its completion date. The recreational facilities include a large area cleared and zoned for swimming with complete bath house facilities nearby. There is a water skiing area that is cleared and snagged for safety of the skiers. The picnic and camping areas are modern and complete. There is also space available for campers. Impoundment is the refusal of Presidents to spend money that has been appropriated by Congress. ... // Water skiing began in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson strapped two boards to his feet and rigged a clothesline up to his boat on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota. ...


Indian Creek Lake and Recreation Area

Encompasses a 2,250-acre (9 km²) lake, 100 acres (0.4 km²) of developed recreation facilities and a 250 acre (1 km²) primitive camping area all within the Alexander State Forest. The lake, located in central Louisiana, was constructed as a joint venture of the Louisiana Forestry Commission, the Rapides Parish Police Jury, and the Lower West Red River Soil and Water Conservation District as a reservoir for agricultural irrigation in times of need and for recreation purposes.


The recreation area camping area contains 109 campsites with conventional full utility hookups, 3 beaches for swimming, bath houses, a boat launch, and 75 picnic sites. A covered pavilion within the developed area provides for groups up to 100 people. The recreation area is open year round and operates on user fees.


Kisatchie National Forest

Alexandria sits in the middle of the Kisatchie National Forest. Ranger districts are north, northwest, west and southwest of the city. An abundance of large timberlands and forest nurseries, as well as lake and recreation areas, are within a short driving distance. Kisatchie National Forest is located in the piney hills and hardwood bottoms of seven central and northern Louisiana parishes. ...


Other points of interest

Amphitheatre on the Red
Amphitheatre on the Red
  • Alexandria Levee Park - a park located downtown, adjacent to the Red River, that serves as the grounds for some local festivals. It contains an amphitheatre that is used for concerts.
  • Alexandria Mall - the local shopping mall
  • Alexandria Riverfront Center - convention center located downtown
  • Bringhurst Field - home of the Alexandria Aces
  • Bringhurst Park - contains the Alexandria Zoo, Bringhurst Field, a playground, a golf course, and tennis courts
  • Inglewood Plantation - plantation located south of Alexandria
  • Kent Plantation House - French colonial plantation house
  • Masonic Home - a now defunct orphanage in south Alexandria completed in 1924. This former orphanage is to be converted into an upscale residential and commercial development.
  • Rapides Parish Coliseum - a multi-purpose arena used for sporting events, conventions, and other events

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Military

Louisiana National Guard

Alexandria is home to both Headquarters and Company B of the 199th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB). The 199th BSB is the logistical component of the 256th Infantry Brigade that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from October of 2004 until September of 2005. The 199th BSB provides supply and transportation (Company A), medical (Company C) and maintenance (Company B) support and services that keep the 256th Brigade operational. The battalion also has units located in Jonesboro, Winnfield, Colfax, and St. Martinville, Louisiana. The 256th Infantry Brigade is an enhanced brigade of the Louisiana Army National Guard. ...


England Air Force Base

Alexandria served as the home of England Air Force Base from its origins as an emergency airstrip for Esler Regional Airport until its closure. England AFB was officially closed on December 15, 1992, pursuant to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act (Public Law 101-510) and recommendations of the Defense Secretary's Commission on Base Realignment and Closure. [9] The base now serves as Alexandria International Airport. England Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base, located near Alexandria Louisana. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ... Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the US Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense and Congress to close excess military installations and realign the total asset inventory in order to save... Alexandria International Airport (IATA: AEX, ICAO: KAEX) is a public airport located a few miles west of Alexandria, Louisiana. ...


Economy

Expansions at Rapides Regional hospital downtown
Expansions at Rapides Regional hospital downtown

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Alexandria was $16,242, compared with $21,587 nationally. Alexandria's native workforce consists of about 55,000 residents.[10] Union Tank Car Company has recently located a plant northwest of Alexandria near the airport creating hundreds of jobs. Expansions at the Procter & Gamble plant and the construction of a PlastiPak plant in nearby Pineville have also created a number of new jobs for the area. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 859 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this picture of the expansions of Rapides Regional myself in June of 2007. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 859 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I took this picture of the expansions of Rapides Regional myself in June of 2007. ... A UTLX tank car passes westbound through Rochelle Railroad Park in Rochelle, Illinois on May 29, 2005. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... , Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. ...


In 2007, Inc. Magazine rated Alexandria as the 77th best place in which to conduct business out of the 393 U.S. cities ranked, a significant increase from its ranking as No. 276 in 2006. Out of other Louisiana cities, Alexandria ranked second, following only Baton Rouge, which ranked 59th nationally.[11] Inc. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ...


Healthcare

Alexandria is home to two major hospitals: Rapides Regional (located downtown) and Christus St. Frances Cabrini (located at the corner of Masonic Drive and Texas Avenue). Both of these hospitals are in the process of expansion. Additionally, located just across the Red River in Pineville, Louisiana, is the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center at Alexandria, which serves many U.S. veterans in central Louisiana and surrounding areas. For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ...


Port of Alexandria

The new terminal at AEX
The new terminal at AEX

In the early 1800s, the Port of Alexandria brought goods to the area and shipped cotton and other local products to the rest of the country. A ferry connected the cities of Alexandria and Pineville until a bridge was built across the Red in 1900. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945. ...


Today, Port facilities include: a 40-ton crane for off-loading, a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m²) warehouse, 13,600-ton bulk fertilizer warehouse, a 3,400-ton bulk fertilizer dome structure and a 5,000-ton dome which was added in January 2005. Spreading manure, an organic fertilizer Fertilizers (also spelled fertilisers) are compounds given to plants to promote growth; they are usually applied either via the soil, for uptake by plant roots, or by foliar feeding, for uptake through leaves. ...


The petroleum off-loading facility includes two 55,000 BBL tanks, one-15,000 BBL tank capable of handling two barges and five truck off-loading simultaneously. There is also a general cargo dock with access to rail and a hopper barge unloading dock with conveyor system. Petro redirects here. ...


Today's modern facilities and the Port's central location with its connection to the Mississippi River provide excellent opportunities for importers and exporters.


Alexandria International Airport

Alexandria International Airport (AEX) is one of only two international airports in Louisiana (the other is at New Orleans). In 2006 a new-state-of-the-art passenger terminal was dedicated. Alexandria is served by American, Continental, Delta and Northwest Airlines. Additionally, numerous international charter airlines use the airport in the transport of military personnel attached to the United States Army base at Fort Polk. A new military personnel terminal will open in 2007. Alexandria International Airport (IATA: AEX, ICAO: KAEX) is a public airport located a few miles west of Alexandria, Louisiana. ... Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (IATA: MSY, ICAO: KMSY), formerly Moisant Field, is located in Kenner, Louisiana and is the primary commercial airport for the New Orleans metropolitan area of southeast Louisiana and the second largest airport on the United States Gulf Coast. ... Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is a U.S. certificated air carrier. ... Delta Air Lines, Inc. ... Northwest Airlines, Inc. ...


Neighborhoods

Downtown

Construction on 3rd St.
Construction on 3rd St.
Hotel Bentley
Hotel Bentley

Downtown Alexandria is currently in the process of revitalization. During the past five years, several bars, cafes, and restaurants have opened their doors, including the casual fine dining restaurant Diamond Grill, located in the renovated Schnack's Building; Finnegan's Wake, an Irish pub with 9 imports/microbrews on tap; and Alex 1805, a jazz lounge featuring local art and live music. Across the street is the Hotel Bentley, built in 1908 by lumberman and local eccentric Joseph A. Bentley. The Hotel Bentley, which was closed on December 12, 2004, was once one of only two four-star hotels in Louisiana. The Bentley enjoyed its heyday during the 1940s and 50s, when top brass military officials like General Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoyed their accommodations for extended periods. Although the hotel was set to reopen in August of 2007, just in time for the 100th anniversary of its construction, funding issues have made the date of reopening uncertain. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 1. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dwight David Eisenhower, born David Dwight Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969), nicknamed Ike, was a five-star General in the United States Army and U.S. politician, who served as the thirty-fourth President of the United States (1953–1961). ...


Central Alexandria

Central Alexandria is bounded by MacArthur Dr., Masonic Dr., Mason St., Alexandria-Pineville Expressway, and the Red River.

  • Downtown
  • West End
  • Garden District - contains many large historical homes and brick roads. Many of the homes in this neighborhood have been renovated and come in many architectural styles. Houses range from modest bungalows to mansions.
    Home in the Garden District area across from Hynson Bayou.
    Home in the Garden District area across from Hynson Bayou.
  • Poplar Grove
  • Hillcrest
  • Kent Addition
  • Petrus Heights
  • Mimosa Place
  • Shirley Park
  • City Park area - location of Bringhurst Field and Alexandria Zoo

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Northwestern Alexandria

Sycamore Place Housing
Sycamore Place Housing

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  • Sycamore Place
  • Wooddale Park - large public housing development
  • North Park Village
  • Kellyland
  • Walnut Grove
  • England Airpark
  • Rue Left Bank
  • Bonaire
  • Grundy Cooper - older middle class subdivision behind the Rapides Parish Coliseum
  • Cloverdale
  • Westwind
  • St. Andrew's Links Estates - a subdivision being developed around the golf course Links on the Bayou

Western Alexandria

Western Alexandria is the area south of Hwy 28 West, west of MacArthur Dr., and north of Versailles Blvd. and Metro Dr.

View of the Centre business area in Alexandria
View of the Centre business area in Alexandria
  • The Lakes District - subdivision under development that contains small lakes and long walking trails and is bounded by a nature preserve
  • Briarwood
  • L. E. Deselle
  • Castle Village
  • Wilshire Park
  • Charles Park - large development of upscale homes primarily built from the late 1960s to the early 1980s
  • Hunter's Grove
  • Highpoint
  • The Centre - commercial development between Jackson St. and MacArthur that contains numerous businesses. A five story office building was built in the late 1970s which now houses Red River Bank. A nearly 100-foot (30 m) tall high-rise is under construction that will contain Regions Bank.

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Southwestern Alexandria

Southwestern Alexandria comprises the area west of Masonic Dr. and south of Versailles Blvd. and Metro Dr.

  • Plantation Acres
  • Clermont Estates
  • Fairfield
  • Good Earth - large middle class development built in late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Lebanon
  • Cherokee Village - tree-shaded neighborhood of large older homes
  • Four Leaf Village
  • West Pointe on the Bayou - large upper-middle class neighborhood under development since the early 1990s, adjacent to Bayou Roberts
  • Bocage
  • Crossgates - gated community of patio homes
  • Landmark - one of Alexandria's most affluent subdivisions
  • Tennyson Oaks - an upper class neighborhood being developed next to Landmark adjacent to Bayou Roberts

Southern Alexandria

Southern Alexandria is located east of Masonic Dr. and south of MacArthur Dr.

  • Courtland Place
  • Bayou Robert - affluent cul-de-sac bordered by Bayou Robert
  • Shenandoah
  • Horseshoe Gardens
  • Deerfield - middle class development built in 1970's
  • Martin Park - combination of middle to upper-class houses built from the 1960s to 1970's
  • Collins Estates
  • Airview Terrace
  • Trail Ridge

Southeastern Alexandria

Southeastern Alexandria contains the area northeast of MacArthur Dr., south of Masonic Dr, Mason St, and Alexandria-Pineville Expressway, and bordered by the Red River.

  • Alexandria Mall area - retail center of Alexandria
  • Wedgewood Downs
  • Bacon Place
  • Sonia Quarters - large working class neighborhood containing many shotgun-style homes
  • Samtown - largely African-American impoverished neighborhood that was annexed by former mayor, John K. Snyder, in the 1970s
  • Woodside
  • Parkway
  • Lower Third
  • Riverbend
  • Acadian Village
  • Alsace Lorraine

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Surrounding cities and towns

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Grant Parish Ball is a town located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... Boyce is a town located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... Cheneyville is a town located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... Deville is a census-designated place and town located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... Forest Hill is a village located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... Lecompte is a town located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... , Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Tioga is an unincorporated village in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... , Woodworth is a town in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Grant Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...

Colfax is a town located in Grant Parish, Louisiana. ... Dry Prong is a village located in Grant Parish, Louisiana. ... Pollock is a town located in Grant Parish, Louisiana. ...

Government and politics

Local government

History

Following the Civil War, all public records in Alexandria had been destroyed. On September 29, 1868, the city was granted a new charter with a government consisting of a Mayor, Treasurer, and Justice of the Peace. Nine Aldermen represented the four wards of the city - two from each ward and one elected at-large. is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1912, the State government passed a law establishing the city government in a Strong Mayor format, where the Mayor served as Commissioner of Public Health and Safety, Commissioner of Streets and Parks and Commissioner of Finance and Utilities.


Today

Alexandria has a mayoral-council system of government. The Mayor serves as the executive branch of the local government. The current Mayor - Jacques Roy - was elected to office in November 2006, succeeding long-time mayor Edward Gordon "Ned" Randolph, Jr..[12]. Jacques Maurice Roy (born September 1970) a Democrat, is the twenty-third mayor of Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana. ... Edward Gordon Ned Randolph, Jr. ...


The City Council serves as the legislative branch. The five districts of the city are represented on the Council; in addition there are two Councilmen elected to serve as at-large representatives of the city.


The Alexandria City Court has a limited jurisdiction, consisting of the citizens of Wards 1, 2 and 8 in Rapides Parish. Within those boundaries the court has the power to hear and decide both criminal and civil cases, rule in civil cases and hand down judgment for punishment in criminal cases. Rapides Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...


Area politics

Overall, the people of the Alexandria area tend to be conservative. Even though the majority typically elects Republicans in national elections, they frequently vote for Democrats in local elections.


United States Congressional district

From 1913 to 1993, Alexandria served as the seat of Louisiana's Eighth Congressional district. A staunchly conservative Democratic seat, it was held by the Long family for nearly half of its existence, from 1953 to 1987, broken only by the two terms of Harold B. McSween. The seat was removed after the 1990 census indicated Louisiana no longer had the population to support it. The district was split among the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Congressional districts. Alexandria is now in the Fifth district and has been represented by Rodney Alexander, a Republican, since 2003. The 8th Louisiana Congressional District is a defunct Congressional district and no longer exists after Louisiana lost its eighth Congressional seat in the 1990 U. S. Census. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Huey Pierce Long (August 30, 1893–September 10, 1935), known as The Kingfish, was an American politician; he was governor of Louisiana (1928–1932), Senator (1932–1935) and a presidential hopeful before his assassination. ... Harold Barnett McSween (July 19, 1926 – January 12, 2002), was a Louisiana politician who served in Louisianas now defunct Eighth Congressional District for two terms as a Democrat. ... The 4th Louisiana Congressional District contains northwestern Louisiana. ... The 5th Louisiana Congressional District contains northeastern and central Louisiana. ... The 6th Louisiana Congressional District is located in the center of the state of Louisiana and contains the capital city of Baton Rouge. ... Rodney Alexander (born December 5, 1946) is an American politician from the Republican Party. ... GOP redirects here. ...


Education

Colleges and universities

Situated south of the city, Louisiana State University at Alexandria (or LSUA) is a regional campus of the state's flagship university system, Louisiana State University. From its establishment in 1959, the campus offered only two-year degrees; students seeking baccalaureate degrees had to commute or move to the main campus in Baton Rouge in order to gain a four-year degree. After 1976 students could either commute or telecommute in order to attend upper level courses, including graduate classes. In 2002, following approval by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents the Louisiana Legislature passed legislation allowing LSUA to offer baccalaureate degrees. The Lousiana State University at Alexandria is a public, co-educational university located in Alexandria, Louisiana. ... For other uses, see LSU. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A Board of governors is usually the governing board of a public entity. ...


Founded in 1906, Louisiana College (or LC) is a private, Baptist coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs. Built upon the principles of character and learning, the College has a tradition of outstanding academics and is the only Baptist, four-year institution in Louisiana. In the spring of each school year, it serves as the home of the Rapides Parish District Literary Rally. George H. W. Bush visited the college in 2006 to attend its centennial anniversary. Louisiana College is a private institution of higher education located in Pineville, Louisiana affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, serving a student body of approximately 1,000 students. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


High schools

Alexandria has three public high schools: Bolton High School, Alexandria Senior High School, and Peabody Magnet High School. In addition, there are two private high schools: Holy Savior Menard Central High School (a Catholic school) and Grace Christian. Bolton High School is a secondary educational institution located in the Garden District of Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish and the largest city in central Louisiana. ... Holy Savior Menard Central High School is the Roman Catholic parochial secondary institution of learning in Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish and the largest city in central Louisiana. ... Catholic schools are education ministries of the Roman Catholic Church. ...


Transportation

Roads

Alexandria serves as the crossroads of Louisiana. To reach either Shreveport or Monroe from the southern portion of the state, the easiest method of travel takes the driver through Alexandria. Likewise, if a visitor is to head from the northern portion of the state to the Cajun portions of the state (Lake Charles and Lafayette), or the greater metropolitan areas of either Baton Rouge or New Orleans, the easiest method of travel involves driving down Interstate 49 through Alexandria. This article is about the U.S. State. ... : Port City , River City , Ratchet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... The city of Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... Cajuns are an ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles and peoples of other ethnicities with whom the Acadians eventually intermarried on the semitropical frontier. ... This article is about the City of Lake Charles. ... : Hub City : The Heart of Cajun Country United States Louisiana Lafayette 47. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Interstate 49 (abbreviated I-49) is an intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana in the southern United States. ...


In addition to I-49, travelers can follow Louisiana 1 up to Alexandria from Baton Rouge and points south. Also, Highway 167 could be taken from Opelousas north to Monroe, crossing through Alexandria at one of the few bridges over the Red River in central Louisiana. Highways 165 and 71 also link Alexandria and points south with the northern portion of the state via the OK Allen bridge. Interstate 49 is an intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana, United States. ... The Red River is one of several rivers with that name, and of two rivers with that name in the United States. ...


Bridges

Three road bridges cross the Red River in the Alexandria area. They are:

  • The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge. Part of the Pineville Expressway, it connects Interstate 49 to Highway 167 by crossing the Red River from downtown Alexandria to Pineville. It replaced the Fulton Street Bridge and has six lanes of traffic. Designed by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), the bridge cost $15.9 million in federal and state funds. The northbound portion was completed in 1995, the southbound in 1998.
Jackson St. Bridge
Jackson St. Bridge
  • The U.S. 165 Business Bridge (alternatively, the Gillis Long Bridge, the Red River Bridge or the Jackson Street Bridge) connecting downtown Pineville with the business district in Alexandria. It is a two-lane vertical-lift bridge with a sidewalk/bikepath on either side. The bridge is named after U.S. Representative Gillis Long, who represented Louisiana's Eighth Congressional District. It was built in 1985 to replace the Murray Street Bridge.
  • The Oscar K. Allen Bridge connecting Highway 165/71 on both sides of the Red River. It is a two-lane K-truss type bridge, named after governor Oscar K. Allen. The bridge was built in 1936 to connect Alexandria to the (former) Fort Buhlow.

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  • The Murray Street Bridge. One of the first bridges in Alexandria. A two-lane steel truss swing bridge, it decayed over time, finally being demolished in 1983. The approach on the Alexandria side was turned into a river overlook as part of the Alexandria Levee Park.
  • The Fulton Street Bridge. Named after Fulton Street which it connected with Highway 167. Technically part of the Alexandria/Pineville Expressway, it was a four-lane steel vertical-lift bridge. It was demolished in 1994 to make way for the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge.

There are two railroad bridges over the Red River in Alexandria. One is located near the Buhlow area north of the OK Allen bridge. The other is south of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge.


Mass transit

Regional mass transit is handled by ATRANS (Alexandria Transportation Authority).


For those leaving or arriving at the city by bus, Greyhound Lines has a terminal downtown. This article is about the US bus line. ...


Airports

Alexandria is served by the Alexandria International Airport and the Esler Regional Airport in Pineville. Alexandria International Airport (IATA: AEX, ICAO: KAEX) is a public airport located a few miles west of Alexandria, Louisiana. ...


Rail

Alexandria does not have a commuter rail system. Kansas City-Southern and Missouri-Pacific operated train stations in the area in the early part of the twentieth century but these have since closed.


References

  1. ^ "Alexandria, Louisiana (LA) Detailed Profile" (notes), City Data, 2007, webpage: C-Alex.
  2. ^ a b "Census 2000 Data for the State of Louisiana" (town list), US Census Bureau, May 2003, webpage: C2000-LA.
  3. ^ Community
  4. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ The Association of Religion Data Archives | Maps & Reports
  8. ^ a b "Alexandria Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau" (notes), webpage: LAfromhere-pparty.
  9. ^ England Industrial Airpark
  10. ^ Alexandria, Louisiana LA, city profile (Rapides Parish) - hotels, festivals, genealogy, newspapers - ePodunk
  11. ^ Small Business Resources for the Entrepreneur from Inc.com
  12. ^ Louisiana Secretary of State Official Parish Election Results for Election Date: 11/07/06

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