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St. Landry  Parish

French: Paroisse de Saint-Landry

St. 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.

The city of Opelousas has been the seat of government for the St Landry Parish since its formation..  After |Baton Rouge fell to the Union troops during the Civil War in 1862, Opelousas became the state capital for nine months. The capital was moved again in 1863, this time to Shreveport when Union troops occupied Opelousas.

Cities and towns

Arnaudville
Cankton
Grand Coteau
Eunice
Krotz Springs
Leonville
Melville
Opelousas
Palmetto
Port Barre
Sunset
Washington

 

Adjacent parishes
Avoyelles Parish (north)
Pointe Coupee Parish (east)
St. Martin Parish (southeast)
Lafayette Parish (south)
Acadia Parish (southwest)
Evangeline Parish (northwest)

St. Landry Courthouse

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