French: Paroisse de Saint-Landry
Landry Parish was officially
established on April 10, 1805 by a
legislative act, becoming the
largest parish in the Louisiana
state. The new parish was named
after the Catholic Church located
near the Opelousas Post, which was
itself named for St. Landry, the
Bishop of Parish. At this time,
the parish's boundaries
encompassed about half the land of
the Opelousas Territory, precisely
between the Atchafalaya River and
Sabine River, between Rapides
Parish and Vernon Parish, and
Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes.
In the intervening years the
parish has grown smaller, as six
additional parishes were created
from its territory. These include
Calcasieu, Acadia, Evangeline,
Jeff Davis, Beauregard, and Allen.
St. Landry Courthouse
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