Duson, Louisiana

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Duson is a town in Acadia and Lafayette parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 1,672 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Curley Duson.

The Lafayette Parish portion of Duson is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Acadia Parish portion is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Originally known as "Duson Station" the town was laid out by J.G. Parkerson, general manager of the Louisiana Western Railroad. By August 30, 1880, the railroad line from New Orleans to Houston was completed and passenger and freight service began. It merged with Southern Pacific Railroad in 1900. The village of Duson was incorporated on December 16, 1909, named after the land developer Curley Duson and installed Adolph De Jean as the first mayor.

In 1927, St Theresa Catholic Church was completed. Cotton farming was the main agriculture for the area. Three cotton gins were in Duson until the mid 1960s. Fires destroyed two and the third was torn down.[1] After World War II, small lots east of Duson were developed, with small houses using brick siding paper on the exterior. Because of that, the area became known as "Paper Town." [2]

Geography

Duson is located at 30°14′29.27″N 92°11′3.91″W / 30.2414639°N 92.1844194°W / 30.2414639; -92.1844194 (30.241464, -92.184419)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,672 people, 644 households, and 452 families residing in the town. The population density was 651.4 people per square mile (251.2/km²). There were 724 housing units at an average density of 282.1/sq mi (108.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.98% White, 25.24% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

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