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The first French Cajuns sought refuge in this beautiful area nestled among the bayous, rivers and lakes of Southwest Louisiana.

Calcasieu Parish’s unique geographical location has been its reason for success. To the north you will find timber forests, to the east, fertile agricultural lands. To the west are the large mineral, oil and gas deposits that support the area’s many industries, and to the south, the beautiful wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico support the many hobbies of the great outdoors.

Legend has it that the pirate Jean Lafitte discovered this safe harbor for hiding treasures. Some believe his spirit still hovers over the dark waters of Calcasieu Parish guarding his vast buried treasures.

In 1852, the city of Lake Charles became the seat of Calcasieu Parish. Located in Southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish is situated approximately 150 miles east of Houston, TX and 225 miles west of New Orleans.

The area’s climate is generally humid and subtropical. Due to its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Calcasieu Parish enjoys mild temperatures.

The population of Lake Charles is approximately 75,800, with over 171,000 in the greater Calcasieu area.

Calcasieu Parish hosts a variety of cultural and family entertainment. These include museums, a symphony, ballet societies, theater companies, and numerous festivals and State parks.

Lake Charles is the home of McNeese State University. McNeese is a fully accredited four year university with master’s programs in languages, business administration, education, engineering, creative writing, music, and the sciences.

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