Vidalia, Louisiana

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Vidalia is a city in and the parish seat of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 4,543 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Vidalia is located at 31°34′6″N 91°26′3″W / 31.56833°N 91.43417°W / 31.56833; -91.43417 (31.568295, -91.434268)[2] and has an elevation of 66 feet (20.1 m)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.32 square miles (6.0 km²), all of it land.

Background

Vidalia was founded by Don Jose Vidal. The great Sandbar duel featuring Jim Bowie is one of the stories still recalled by local residents.

On July 14, 1863, shortly after the fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, Louisiana, Confederate-controlled Vidalia was invaded by two hundred mounted infantryment led by Major Asa Worden of the Fourteenth Wisconsin. This detachment captured the rear of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith's ordnance train on the Trinity road, fifteen miles from the river. A large supply of muskets, cartridges, and ammunition was taken.[4]

Vidalia High School, home of the Mighty Vikings, enjoys great athletic teams year after year. Baseball and softball teams have won state championships. Vidalia is the sister city to Natchez, Mississippi; the two are separated by the Mississippi River.

"Vidalia onions" are not named for Vidalia, Louisiana, but for Vidalia, Georgia.

Vidalia City Hall is located at the corner of North Spruce and Carter Streets. Historic photographs are on display and available for viewing between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some of the historic photographs feature the moving of the town from the original site in 1938-1939.

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