Krotz Springs, Louisiana

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Krotz Springs is a town in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana on the Atchafalaya River. The population was 1,219 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OpelousasEunice Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Around the turn of the 20th century, an Ohio native, C W Krotz, bought 20,000 acres (81 km2) of woodland around the Atchafalaya Basin and set up a sawmill to trim the trees hauled out of the basin. The tiny settlement that grew up around the mill was called Latania (fan palm), after the bayou of the same name and the types of palm plants found in the area.

Thinking he was sitting on an untapped pool of oil Krotz put down the first oil well in St. Landry Parish, but he struck water instead of oil, the result becoming known as Krotz’s spring. The spring was used to supply water for the developing sawmill town and Krotz even bottled the water, selling it throughout the country.

In 1909, a post office was established in the town, and the obvious choice was Krotz Springs.[1]

During the tenure of Sheriff Cat Doucet from 1936-1940 and 1952-1968, Krotz Springs was a center of gambling and prostitution which operated in the "cathouses" along U.S. Highway 190. Doucet even obtained his nickname from protecting the operation of the brothels.."[2]

Geography

Krotz Springs is located at 30°32′15″N 91°45′18″W / 30.5375°N 91.755°W / 30.5375; -91.755 (30.537565, -91.754926)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²).

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,219 people, 490 households, and 339 families residing in the town. The population density was 705.0 people per square mile (272.1/km²). There were 562 housing units at an average density of 325.0/sq mi (125.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.10% White, 0.25% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

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