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Encyclopedia > Lake Charles, Louisiana
City of Lake Charles
City
Downtown Lake Charles from the west side of Lake Charles
Nickname : Festival Capital of Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Calcasieu
Area 42.5 mi² (110.1 km²)
 - land 40.2 mi² (104.1 km²)
 - water 2.4 mi² (6.2 km²), 5.65%
 - metro 3,026 mi² (7,837.3 km²)
Location
 - coordinates 30°12′53″N 93°12′31″W / 30.21472, -93.20861Coordinates: 30°12′53″N 93°12′31″W / 30.21472, -93.20861
 - elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population 71,757 (2000)
 - metro 193,568 (2000)
Density 1,786.6 /mi² (689.8 /km²)
 - metro 64 /mi² (24.7 /km²)
Founded 1852
 - Incorporated March 7, 1861
 - Re-Incorporated March 16, 1867
Mayor Randy Roach
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 337
Location of Lake Charles in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website : http://www.cityoflakecharles.com

Lake Charles is the fifth largest incorporated city in the US state of Louisiana. [1] [2] It is the major cultural and educational center in the southwest region of the state and one of the most important in Acadiana. As of the 2000 U.S. census, Lake Charles' population was 71,757. The city serves as the parish seat of Calcasieu Parish. Lake Charles is a freshwater lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana just behind the western tier of the City of Lake Charles city limits. ... Motto: E Mari Merces(Latin) From the Sea, Wealth Coordinates: , Country Province Established April 1, 1996 Government  - Type Regional Municipality  - Mayor Peter Kelly  - Governing body Halifax Regional Council  - MPs List of MPs Alexa McDonough Geoff Regan Michael Savage Peter Stoffer (Bill Casey) (Gerald Keddy) (Peter MacKay)  - MLAs List of MLAs... 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Lake Charles is the principal city of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the parishes of Calcasieu and Cameron. It is also part of the larger Lake Charles-Jennings Combined Statistical Area. Map of Louisiana highlighting the Lake Charles metropolitan area. ... Cameron Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Map of Louisiana highlighting the Lake Charles-Jennings Combined Statistical Area The Lake Charles-Jennings Combined Statistical Area is made up of three parishes in the Acadiana region of southwestern Louisiana. ...


The city is considered a major petrochemical refining center, gaming center, and home to McNeese State University. Petrochemicals are chemical products made from raw materials of petroleum (hydrocarbon) origin. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... McNeese State University, founded in 1939, is a university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. ...


With over 75 festivals held annually, Lake Charles is referred to as the Festival Capital of Louisiana.

Contents

History

18th and 19th Centuries

Settlement and Incorporation

While several Indian tribes are known to have lived in the area of modern Lake Charles, the first European settlers arrived in the 1760s. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Martin LeBleu and his wife, Dela Marion, of Bordeaux, France were the first recorded Europeans to settle the area which they did in around 1781. The area they settled is now known as the LeBleu Settlement. Charles Sallier married LeBleu's daughter, Catherine LeBleu. The Salliers built their home on the beach where Lake Charles now stands. By 1860 the area become known as Charles Town in Sallier's honor. Bordeaux (Bordèu in Gascon) is a France. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Among the first to settle what is known today as Lake Charles were Mr. ...


The Rio Hondo, which flowed through Lake Charles, was later called Quelqueshue, a Native American term meaning "Crying Eagle." This term would later lend itself to the name of the parish, Calcasieu. On March 7, 1861, Lake Charles was officially incorporated as the town of Charleston, Louisiana. Lake Charles is a freshwater lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana just behind the western tier of the City of Lake Charles city limits. ... Calcasieu Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1861 (MDCCCLXI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Industrial Growth and the Civil War

Lake Charles [lower left] is west of Lafayette or Baton Rouge, southwest of Alexandria and south of Natchitoches. Roads also lead to De Ridder, Kinder, Eunice, Jennings, Crowley and Sulphur to Orange, Texas.
Lake Charles [lower left] is west of Lafayette or Baton Rouge, southwest of Alexandria and south of Natchitoches. Roads also lead to De Ridder, Kinder, Eunice, Jennings, Crowley and Sulphur to Orange, Texas.

The city's growth was fairly slow until Captain Daniel Goos, a Frisian by birth, came to the city in 1855. Goos established a lumber mill and schooner dock, now called Goosport. He promoted a profitable trade with Texas and Mexican ports by sending his schooner down river into the Gulf of Mexico. Until the arrival of Goos, a man named Jacob Ryan dominated the lumber industry. Between 1817 and 1855, the timber from longleaf pine and bald cypress remained the city's primary economic industry. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Lafayette is a city located on the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... Alexandria is a city in Louisiana, U.S.A.; it is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. ... Natchitoches is a city located in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. ... De Ridder is a city located in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. ... Kinder is a town located in Allen Parish, Louisiana. ... Eunice is a city located in St. ... Jennings is a city located in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. ... Crowley is a city located in Acadia Parish, Louisiana. ... Sulphur is a city located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. ... Orange is a city located in Orange County, Texas. ... The Frisians are an ethnic group of northwestern Europe, inhabiting an area known as Frisia. ... Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill Lumber or timber is a term used to describe wood, either standing or that has been processed for use — from the time trees are felled, to its end product as a material suitable for industrial use — as structural material for construction... Two-masted fishing schooner A schooner (IPA: ) is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... ...


Jacob Ryan convinced the state government to move the parish seat to Lake Charles from its former location at Marion, a settlement about eight miles upriver. Later that year, Ryan and Samuel Kirby transferred the parish courthouse and jail by barge to Lake Charles, which was at that time still named Charleston. Six years after the city was incorporated, dissatisfaction over the name Charleston arose; on March 16, 1867, Charleston, Louisiana, was incorporated into the town of Lake Charles. Marion is a town located in Union Parish, Louisiana. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


By the time of the U.S. Civil War, many Americans from the North, along with a large influx of continental Europeans and Jews, had come to settle the area. Attitudes toward slavery in Lake Charles were mixed as slavery was secondary to business interests. In fact, fewer than 5% of the population were slaves. Many citizens became involved in the war, and young men from some local families served on the Confederate army. It is also known that some local families supported the cause of the Union. The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the northern states, popularly referred to as the U.S., the Union, the North, or the Yankees; and the seceding southern states, commonly referred to as the Confederate States of America, the CSA, the Confederacy... Slave redirects here. ... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion...


After the Civil War

In the years following the Civil War, Lake Charles regained its status as a major lumber community. Especially in the 1880s, the city saw an increase in population and economic demand due largely due to an innovative advertising campaign by J.B. Watkins. With his astounding $200,000 campaign, the town grew 400% during this decade.


Using the pine wood from the city's mills, construction of large Victorian mansions overwhelmed Lake Charles in the 1890s; carpenters struggled to outbuild each other with their use of elaborate fretwork and decoration, including spindles, newel posts, soldiers and paneled doors. The area of present-day Lake Charles located just east of downtown is known as the Charpentier District due to architecture during this period; charpentier means carpenter in French. Manchester Town Hall is an example of Victorian architecture found in Manchester, UK. The Carson Mansion is an example of a Victorian home in Eureka, California, USA The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of architectural styles predominantly in the Victorian era. ...


Twentieth Century

The courthouse donated by Ryan and Kirby was replaced many times, including a two-story cypress wood one in 1872, then a brick one in 1890. The 1890 courthouse was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1910. The historic Calcasieu Courthouse was completed in 1912, two months after the Louisiana legislature divided the former Imperial Calcasieu parish into the current parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Calcasieu. Allen Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Beauregard Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Cameron Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Jefferson Davis Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Calcasieu Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...


After World War II Lake Charles experienced industrial growth with the onset of the petrochemical refining industries. The city grew to a height of 80,000 people in the early 1980s, but with economic recession, the population declined. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 71,757. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...


Present Day

The destructive force of Hurricane Rita. Looking down the remains of the lakefront boardwalk toward the damaged Harrah's Lake Charles Casino property.

Pinnacle Entertainment opened their first riverboat casino in the Lake Charles area in May 2005. The name of the resort, L'Auberge du Lac, comes from the French for "The Inn on the Lake." The casino includes an 18-hole, championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio, several dining venues, a spa and salon, a pool area complete with lazy river, and several retail stores. It employs over 2000 citizens. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 841 KB) Summary Taken by Douglas Grohne on October 20, 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2560x1920, 841 KB) Summary Taken by Douglas Grohne on October 20, 2005. ... Great White Games is a publisher of role-playing games owned and operated by Shane Lacey Hensley. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... LAuberge du Lac Casino and Resort (French for The Lakes Inn) is a Lake Charles-based casino owned and operated by Pinnacle Entertainment. ... This article is about the sport of golf. ... Tom Fazio (born February 10, 1945) began his career as a golf course designer in the suburban Philadelphia and has created, considered by many, some of the most visually attractive golf holes in the world. ...


Lake Charles suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Rita, which struck the city as a Category 2 hurricane early on September 24, 2005. On September 22, Mayor Randy Roach ordered a mandatory evacuation of Lake Charles, and approximately 90% of the residents evacuated prior to the storm. Evacuees were asked not to return for 48 hours, due to the wind damage and flooding. There was extensive damage to the city's electrical grid as some areas took as long as three weeks to restore power. Many apartment residents had to be evicted because of the mold caused by the hurricane. 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... is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Electric power transmission is the second process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ...


The Lake Charles American Press newspaper has a hurricane blog posted on the internet which captures the essence of the events that occurred in this significant event which impacted the City's history and residents forever: http://americanpress.blogspot.com


As part of the city's recovery from Hurricane Rita, elected officials proposed a plan to renovate the downtown area to make it more pedestrian-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Charrettes were held presenting architectural concept drawings and ideas of what downtown Lake Charles could look like in future years. Of primary concern was quality and affordable housing to help revitalize the area, and at the same time provide more housing for the housing shortage in the last few years. A parish-wide ballot initiative to increase sales and property taxes for 20 years to fund this proposal and numerous local road projects was rejected by taxpayers on July 15, 2006. 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... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 20, 2006 a Citgo Petroleum Plant located in Westlake released between 15,000 and 18,000 barrels of oil into the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The United States Coast Guard was called in to contain the spilled oil which flowed down the Calcasieu River; closures of many waterways included the Calcasieu River Channel and one mile of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Port of Lake Charles remained closed for some time after the disaster due to contamination.[3] is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Citgo Petroleum Corporation or Citgo, a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company, is a United States-incorporated firm refiner and marketer of gasoline, lubricants, petrochemicals and other petroleum products. ... Westlake is a city located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. ... Synthetic motor oil For other uses, see Oil (disambiguation). ... USCG HH-65 Dolphin USCG HH-60J JayHawk USCG HC-130H departs Mojave USCG HC-130H on International Ice Patrol duties The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is at all times a branch of the U.S. military, a maritime law enforcement agency, and a federal regulatory body. ... The Calcasieu River (KAL-kuh-shoo) is a river on the Gulf Coast of southwestern Louisiana in the United States. ... Categories: Stub ...


Oil prices surged to over $74 per barrel in part due to the Citgo spillage. The Calcasieu Refining Co., which normally processes 76,500 barrels a day, was at low levels weeks after the accident.[4]

One idea for the revitalization of downtown Lake Charles circa March 2007.

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Geography and Climate

 Calcasieu River in southwestern Louisiana, and borders both Lake Charles and Prien Lake. It is a port on a deep-water channel to the Gulf of Mexico, and was first settled in 1852. 

Lake Charles is located at 30°12′53″N, 93°12′31″W (30.214656, -93.208537)GR1 and has an elevation of 13 feet (4.0 m)GR3. The Calcasieu River (KAL-kuh-shoo) is a river on the Gulf Coast of southwestern Louisiana in the United States. ... Prien Lake is a lake that is connected to the Calcasieu River, which flows through the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana (USA). ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... 1852 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 110.2 km² (42.5 mi²). 104.0 km² (40.2 mi²) of it is land and 6.1 km² (2.4 mi²) of it (5.57%) 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. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... 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. ...


Primarily the city is located on a plain about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Many pine trees used to grow around the waterways, and some still do. Few hills are to be seen, except when one is near the water, or in Moss Bluff.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 87 87 94 95 100 106 103 107 105 103 93 89
Norm High °F 60.6 64.5 71.3 77.4 84.1 88.9 91.0 91.3 87.7 80.5 70.6 63.3
Norm Low °F 41.2 44.3 50.8 57.2 65.7 72.1 74.3 73.6 69.1 58.6 49.7 43.3
Rec Low °F 12 3 21 30 40 51 60 59 45 30 20 11
Precip (in) 5.52 3.28 3.54 3.64 6.06 6.07 5.13 4.85 5.95 3.94 4.61 4.60
Source: National Weather Service Lake Charles Office [1]

Nearby Cities

The following is a list of Lake Charles' nearby cities:

Capital One Tower in downtown Lake Charles after Hurricane Rita

Moss Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... United States Highway 171 is a north-south United States highway. ... The LeBleu Settlement is named after the first residents of present-day Lake Charles, Mr. ... Calcasieu Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Jefferson Davis Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Iowa is a town in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Carlyss is a census-designated place located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. ... Hackberry is a census-designated place located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. ... Sulphur is a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Interstate 10, a major transcontinental Interstate Highway in the Southern U.S., runs across the southern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... Westlake is a city located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. ... The Calcasieu River (KAL-kuh-shoo) is a river on the Gulf Coast of southwestern Louisiana in the United States. ... Lake Charles is a freshwater lake located on the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana just behind the western tier of the City of Lake Charles city limits. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 663 KB)My picture I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 663 KB)My picture I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Capital One Tower (formerly Hibernia)in downtown Lake Charles after Hurricane Rita The Capitol One Tower is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana and is the tallest building in southwest Louisiana. ... 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...

Neighborhoods/Districts

List of relatively large or established neighborhoods and districts in Lake Charles:


Central Business District


Downtown


North Lake Charles


Central Lake Charles

  • Historic Charpentier District
  • Historic Margaret Place District
  • Oak Park

South Lake Charles

  • Barbe Court
  • Graywood Estates
  • The Oaks
  • University
  • Gulfgate
  • Heyd Park
  • Sunset Acres
  • Brentwood
Revisions and sourced additions are welcome.

Demographics

As of the census GR2 of 2000, there were 71,757 people,[2] 27,974 households, and 18,015 families residing in the city. The population density was 689.7/km² (1,786.6/mi²). There were 31,429 housing units[2] at an average density of 302.1/km² (782.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was:

There were 27,974 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 18.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06. 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city of Lake Charles, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $30,774, and the median income for a family was $37,774. Males had a median income of $33,005 versus $21,041 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,922. About 16.3% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.6% of those under age 18 and 13.6% 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. ...


Education

See also: List of schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles' public schools are operated by the Calcasieu Parish Public School System, although there are a number of private schools located in the city. List of schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States: // [edit] Colleges and universities McNeese State University, graduate and undergraduate studies. ... Calcasieu Parish Public Schools is a school district based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States. ...

See also: List of high schools in Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish

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Colleges and universities

See also: List of schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles is home to McNeese State University, a public university in the Louisiana School System. McNeese offers a variety of courses, including well-respected schools of education, engineering, nursing, and biology. Over 8,000 students attend the university. The motto is "Excellence, with a Personal Touch." List of schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States: // [edit] Colleges and universities McNeese State University, graduate and undergraduate studies. ... McNeese State University, founded in 1939, is a university located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. ... Engineering is the discipline of acquiring and applying knowledge of design, analysis, and/or construction of works for practical purposes. ... Nursing is a profession focused on assisting individuals, families, and communities in attaining, re-attaining, and maintaining optimal health and functioning. ... For the song by Girls Aloud see Biology (song) Biology studies the variety of life (clockwise from top-left) E. coli, tree fern, gazelle, Goliath beetle Biology (from Greek: βίος, bio, life; and λόγος, logos, speech lit. ...


Also located in Lake Charles are Delta School of Business and Technology [2] and Sowela Technical Community College [3] which offer vocational courses.


Libraries

In March 1904 the Carnegie Memorial Library [4], the modern Calcasieu Parish Library, opened, having been partly financed by Andrew Carnegie and built on land donated by W. S. B. McLaren, President of the North American Land and Timber Company of London, England. Andrew Carnegie (last name pronounced IPA: )[1] (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburghs Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


The Calcasieu Parish Public Library [5] has several locations throughout Calcasieu Parish. Calcasieu Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...


Culture

Lake Charles has several small museums and other cultural facilities such as the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, the Children's Museum of Lake Charles, the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, and the Mardi Gras Museum. The Old City Hall has been renovated for exhibition space and many moving art exhibits are displayed at the locale every year.


McNeese State University puts on The Banners Series, a series of various musical and theatrical performances, throughout the year. In addition, The Lake Charles Little Theatre, The Artists Civic Theatre Studios (ACTS) Theatre and The Children's Theatre Company provide theatrical shows using local talent.


The city boasts its own symphony orchestra, the Lake Charles Symphony. The Lake Charles Symphony is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. ...


Religion

Christianity is the predominant religion in the Lake Charles area. Roman Catholicism is the largest individual denomination of which, claiming a Diocese of 82,414 parishioners, or about 33% of the general population, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles is currently led by Bishop Glen Provost. Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (also known as the USCCB) is the official governing body of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. ... The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles, located in southwest Louisiana (USA) is a fairly new diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church; it was founded in 1980. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      This article... Glen John Provost (9 August 1949) is the current Bishop of Lake Charles since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 6 March 2007 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles. ...


Lake Charles is home to several Protestant Christian denominations as well, which when combined, comprise the majority of the population. Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ...


Transportation

Interstate 10 passes through Lake Charles, connecting the city with Sulphur, Vinton, and eventually the Louisiana-Texas state border to the west; to the east lies Iowa and Jennings. Interstate 210 loops through the southern half of Lake Charles. U.S. Highway 90 runs parallel with Interstate 10, and U.S. Highway 171 connects the city with De Ridder. The main commercial road through the city is Ryan Street, which leads to downtown. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 10 Interstate 10 (abbreviated I-10) is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States. ... Sulphur is a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Vinton is a town located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Iowa is a town in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Jennings is a city located in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. ... Interstate 210 (abbreviated I-210) in Louisiana is a 12. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... United States Highway 171 is a north-south United States highway. ... The city of DeRidder is the parish seat of Beauregard Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...


Lake Charles Regional Airport, located south of the city, is the Lake Charles's only airport which provides commercial services. Chennault International Airport, while a fully operational airport, is strictly an industrial and maintenance center. The latter airport is named for Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault, the aviator famous for commanding the Flying Tigers fighter group during World War II. Lake Charles Regional Airport (IATA: LCH, ICAO: KLCH) is a public airport located 5 miles (8 km) south of Lake Charles, in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA. The airport has 2 runways. ... Chennault International Airport (IATA: CWF, ICAO: KCWF) is a public airport located 4 miles (6 km) east of the city of Lake Charles, in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA. It was previously Chennault Air Force Base and before that, Lake Charles Air Force Base, and as such, was home to the... Maj. ... Flying Tigers was the nickname of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), a group of United States Army (USAAF), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC) pilots and ground crew, recruited under a secret Presidential sanction by Claire Chennault. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The Port of Lake Charles is the sixteenth-largest seaport in the United States, the fourth-largest liner service seaport in the U.S. Gulf, and a major West Gulf container load center. The Calcasieu Ship Channel provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico 34-miles downstream. The ship channel, which has a projected depth of 40 feet and a bottom width of 400 feet, intersects the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway just north of Calcasieu Lake. The Port of Lake Charles is an industrial port based in the city of Lake Charles. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Port. ... Categories: Stub ...


The City of Lake Charles has an operating bus system throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. On July 7, 2006, The U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $290,142 grant to the Lake Charles Bus Terminal and Support Facilities Transit System. The City will use these funds towards their bus terminal and support facility, which adds more federal funds for engineering and design, as well as rehabilitation and renovation of the bus terminal and support facility.


A Greyhound Bus Station is located in Lake Charles, and Amtrak has a station located there.


Industry

Many area residents are employed by the petro-chemical refineries in nearby Westlake; some of the corporations with facilities in or around the city include PPG Industries, ConocoPhillips, and Citgo Petroleum Corporation. Westlake is a city located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. ... PPG Industries NYSE: PPG was founded in 1883, under the name Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. ... ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is an international energy company with its headquarters located in Houston, Texas. ... Citgo Petroleum Corporation or Citgo, a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company, is a United States-incorporated firm refiner and marketer of gasoline, lubricants, petrochemicals and other petroleum products. ...


The Trunkline LNG terminal, immediately southwest of Lake Charles, is one of the United States' few LNG terminals. It has facilities for LNG receipt, storage and regassification. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas which has been artificially condensed into a liquid form by a combination of pressurisation and cryogenic cooling. ...


Manufacturing has been periodically struggling to achieve economic success in the area in order to diversify the economic base of the city. Chennault International Airport hosts Aeroframe (formerly EADS Aeroframe Services), which services airplanes, and a Northrop Grumman facility. Chennault International Airport (IATA: CWF, ICAO: KCWF) is a public airport located 4 miles (6 km) east of the city of Lake Charles, in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, USA. It was previously Chennault Air Force Base and before that, Lake Charles Air Force Base, and as such, was home to the... Aeroframe, LLC is an airplane service company specializing in MRO, formed on August 1, 2005, when Roger Porter aqcuired EADS Aeroframe Services. ... The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V. (EADS) is a large European aerospace corporation, formed by the merger on July 10, 2000 of Aérospatiale-Matra of France, Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain, and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) of Germany. ... The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of a 1994 merger between Northrop and Grumman. ...


On May 26, 2006, nearly 900 members of the Local 470 at PPG Industries went on strike due to issues of pensions, healthcare, and a 2-tier, hire-in wage rate. PPG proposed that newly hired employees would no longer receive retirement medical benefits or a defined-benefit pension. On August 31, 2006, striking members voted to ratify a new contract with PPG. PPG officials had threatened to permanently replace them and prolonged the strike by refusing to negotiate key issues, which left many members and community leaders bitter.


Holidays and Festivitals

Lake Charles plays host to over one hundred festivals and carnivals which give the city its nickname, "The Festival Capital of Louisiana."


Contraband Days

Main article: Contraband Days

Contraband Days is a 12-day, annual festival in early May filled with savory cajun food, family fun and festivities, including entertainment with live bands, and is attended by more than 200,000 people. It is one of the largest celebrations in Louisiana. The festival begins when pirate Jean Lafitte captures the port and throws the mayor of the city of Lake Charles into Lake Charles; i.e. the lake itself. It takes place the first two weekends in May ending on Mothers Day. The boardwalk on Lake Charles. ... 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 U.S. State. ... Jean Lafitte (1776 - 1854?), was a famous pirate in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century. ...


Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana has a colorful history dating back to 1882, when Momus, King of Mardi Gras, landed his royal yacht at the foot of Pujo Street in downtown Lake Charles. For other uses, see Mardi Gras (disambiguation). ... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Throughout the two World Wars, Mardi Gras was downsized which lead to a lack of participation by the area's youth. However, an interest to redevelop the festivities arose, and the first Mardi Gras Ball in the Lake Charles area was staged in 1964. For other uses, see Mardi Gras (disambiguation). ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ...


The full revival of Mardi Gras in Lake Charles was not realized until 1979, when several Krewe captains formed the "Krewe of Krewes" with the prime purpose of parading and promoting Mardi Gras for local residents. In 1985, Mardi Gras of Imperial Calcasieu, Inc. was formed by a group of civic-minded volunteers to further aid in the preservation of this festival.[5] For other uses, see Mardi Gras (disambiguation). ... A Krewe (pronounced identically to English crew) is an organization that puts on a parade and or a ball for the Carnival season. ... This article is about the year. ...


Other Festivals

Media

Print

Lake Charles has many publications in circulation. The most-widely distributed, daily newspaper is The American Press. Other popular periodicals include Lagniappe Magazine,''The Times of Southwest Louisiana, and Thrive magazine; however, the latter three are non-daily.


Television

Major television network affiliates serving the area include:

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Radio

Call Letters Frequency City of License Format
KYLC 90.3 Lake Charles Religious
KTSR 92.1 De Quincy Mainstream Top-40
KHLA 92.9 Jennings Oldies
KYKZ 96.1 Lake Charles Country
KQLK 97.9 Lake Charles Rhythmic Top-40
KNGT 99.5 Lake Charles Country
KELB (LP) 100.5 Lake Charles Religious
KKGB 101.3 Sulphur Rock
KAJN 102.9 Crowley Contemporary Christian
KBIU 103.3 Lake Charles AC
KZWA 104.9 Moss Bluff Urban Contemporary
KJMH 107.5 Lake Arthur Urban
KEZM 1310 AM Sulphur Sports
KAOK 1400 AM Lake Charles News & Sports Talk

Low-power broadcasting is the concept of broadcasting at very low power and low cost, to a small community area. ...

Famous residents (Past & Present)

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Cultural references

Music:

  • Subject and title of the song Lake Charles by Lucinda Williams.
  • Mentioned in the lyrics of the song Continental Trailways Blues by Steve Earle.
  • Mentioned in the lyrics of the song Up on Cripple Creek by The Band:
When I get off of this mountain, you know where I want to go? Straight down the Mississippi river, to the Gulf of Mexico. To Lake Charles, Louisiana, little Bessie, girl that I once knew.
 
— The Band
  • Mentioned in the lyrics of the song Stet Troop '88! by Stetsasonic:
I eat at BBQ; meat-eatin days are through. I like it in Lake Charles; I like Miami too.
 
— Stetsasonic

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  • Mentioned in Jack Kerouac's On The Road - After leaving Sal Paradise in Mexico, the famous Dean Moriarty's car breaks down in Lake Charles.
  • Lake Charles is mentioned in the movie Catch Me If You Can, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
  • Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angels in America, was born to a Jewish family in Manhattan, but his parents, William Kushner and Sylvia (Deutscher) Kushner, both classically trained musicians, moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana shortly after his birth. His father William is the recently retired conductor of the Lake Charles symphony orchestra.

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Sister Cities

Lake Charles is a sister city of:

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Films

  • 2002 - Blue Vinyl (dir. Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand)

Blue Vinyl is a 2002 documentary film directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. ...

External links and References

  • City of Lake Charles
  • Calcasieu Public Library - history of the library
  • Showcasing the Recovery of Louisiana, including the proposed Downtown Development of the City of Lake Charles
  • The City of Lake Charles website on Contraband Days
  • The Official Contraband Days website
  • The Lake Charles LNG terminal
  • Level 6 Studios Inc. Lake Area's Largest ISP

References

  1. ^ "Lake Charles, Louisiana (LA) Detailed Profile" (notes), City Data, 2007, webpage: C-LCh.
  2. ^ a b c "Census 2000 Data for the State of Louisiana" (town list), US Census Bureau, May 2003, webpage: C2000-LA.
  3. ^ Atkinson, Vince. "Lake Charles Port All But Shuts Down", KPLC-TV, 2006-06-20. Retrieved on 2007-02-07. 
  4. ^ Shevory, Kristina. "Oil Holds Above $74 a Barrel", TheStreet.com, 2006-07-12. Retrieved on 2007-02-07. 
  5. ^ "History of Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana."
  6. ^ Andre Dubus (web) (English). Rea Award 1. Rea Award. (2006). Retrieved on 2006-09-14.
  7. ^ "Dumars Says His Parents Are To Thank", mlive.com, 2006-04-04. Retrieved on 2007-02-07. 
  8. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Patrick_Flanery
  9. ^ http://www.kplctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2200607
  10. ^ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1621526/posts
  11. ^ http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/lutcher145.htm
  12. ^ http://www.thedailypage.com/going-out/theguide/print_event.php?id=127973
  13. ^ (French) http://www.mairie-perpignan.fr/index.php?np=907.
  14. ^ http://www.cityoflakecharles.com/news/newsview.asp?nw=254

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