Dry Prong, Louisiana

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Dry Prong is a village in central Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 421 at the 2000 census.

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History

Dry Prong was incorporated as a village in 1945 with Clarence M. Fuller serving as the first mayor.

According to the web-based Encyclopedia Louisiana, a family moved to the region in the 1870s to build a sawmill. To power the mill, they built a water wheel, only to discover that the creek over which they had built it went dry every summer: the creek was a "dry prong". The mill was soon rebuilt over a nearby creek which flowed all year, but the name stuck. The creek is now outside the city limits, on Hwy.123. John L. Landry is the current mayor of the village.

Geography

Dry Prong is located at 31°34′44″N 92°31′46″W / 31.57889°N 92.52944°W / 31.57889; -92.52944 (31.578819, -92.529487)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²), all land.

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 421 people, 176 households, and 124 families residing in the village. The population density was 122.2/km² (315.8/mi²). There were 195 housing units at an average density of 56.6/km² (146.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.25% White, 0.95% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.66% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.61% of the population.

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