St. Landry Parish
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St. Landry Parish History
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 had been named in honor of St. Landry, the Bishop of Paris in 650.

 The parish's original boundaries encompassed about half the land of the Opelousas Territory, between the Atchafalaya River and Sabine River, between Rapides Parish and Vernon Parish, and Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes. Since then, the area of the parish has decreased, as six additional parishes have been created from its territory: Calcasieu, Acadia, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, Beauregard, and Allen parishes. 

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.

Cities
 Eunice
Opelousas (parish seat)

Towns
 Arnaudville ~ Grand Coteau ~ Krotz Springs ~ Leonville ~ Melville ~ Port Barre ~ Sunset ~ Washington

Villages
 Cankton ~ Palmetto

Unincorporated Communities
 Lawtell ~ Morrow


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Website Updates:
Nov 2017: bios for BLANKS, CULLOM, DUPRE, DUSON, ESTILETTE, KEAN, LAZARO, MOUTON, MOORE, POSEY, STEWART, TAYLOR, VOORHIES, WEBB, WILLIAMS.  Gossip and Visiting news for DOBOURDIEU, HARRY, JOHNSON, LAMBERT, LEWIS, MERCHANT, RICHARD, BOUDREAUX
Obituaries for CAHANIN, DONAVANT, GRANIER, REED, LEWIS, THOMPSON, HAYES, CLEMENTS.  Military Pension record for MCHENRY.  Marriage notice for
ESTORGE - BURGESS

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Avoyelles Parish (north)
Pointe Coupee Parish (east)
St. Martin Parish (southeast)
Lafayette Parish (south)
Acadia Parish (southwest)
Evangeline Parish (northwest)


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