Scott, Louisiana

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Scott is a small city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,870 at the 2000 census. Scott is a suburb of Lafayette and is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

In 1902, "Pete" Bourque built a western style saloon to serve as "an exclusive, all- men's bar and a meeting place for old folks." His reason for the saloon is because he believed "this is where the west begins". However, it is believed that the slogan started because Scott was where eastern train fare rates ended and western train fare rates began.

The main line of the Southern Pacific Railway cuts the town in two. The first settler of Scott was Alexander Delhomme, who took land in the Northern part of the town. Delhomme owned the first hay-mowing machine, grit mill and cotton gin. By 1880, the train depot was completed and the town became a village. In 1907, the town was named after J. B. Scott, who was Division Superintendent of Southern Pacific Railroad. The village became a town in 1960 and the town became a city in 1990.[1]

Geography

Scott is located at 30°14′17″N 92°5′31″W / 30.23806°N 92.09194°W / 30.23806; -92.09194 (30.237951, -92.091996)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,870 people, 2,920 households, and 2,143 families residing in the city. The population density was 885.6 people per square mile (341.8/km²). There were 3,154 housing units at an average density of 354.9/sq mi (137.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.78% White, 11.56% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

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