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Lafayette Parish History
Created in 1823
Lafayette calls itself "the capital of Acadiana" as this area became the homeland for many of the french refugees who fled Acadia. One of the first families to settle in Lafayette were the Mouton's in the 1770's. The parish seat, Vermillionville, was laid out by Jean Mouton in 1824, who donated the land for the courthouse and the catholic church. Vermillionville was incorportated in 1836. Vermillionville lacked growth until the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railway was constructed and extended into Texas in 1881. By 1884, the name of Vermillionville was changed to Lafayette. Lafayette parish is one of the five parishes of Louisiana that once formed the Attakapas region, and are still called the " Attikapas parishes".
Broussard ~ Carencro ~ Lafayette ~ Scott ~ Youngsville
Milton ~ Ossun
Capitan ~ Elks ~ Gloria ~ Judice ~ Larabee ~ Long Bridge ~ Mouton ~ Pilette ~
Pont Des Mouton ~ Ridge ~ River Ranch ~ Sadou ~ Stekey ~ Vatican ~ Walroy