Washington, Louisiana

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Washington is a town in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,082 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OpelousasEunice Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Washington holds the annual Festival du Courtableau, now renamed the Washington Catfish Festival.

Washington was the birthplace of Louisiana Governor Oramel H. Simpson, who served from 1926 until his defeat by the legendary Huey Pierce Long, Jr. in the 1928 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

During the American Civil War, the Thirteenth Connecticut, part of Union General Nathaniel P. Banks's forces, occupied Washington, then larger than the parish seat of Opelousas. Washington was, according to the historian John D. Winters in The Civil War in Louisiana "squalid and dirty . . . [with] filth, ugly buildings, and its large number of black inhabitants."[1]Winters reports that Banks' men operated from Washington, Opelousas, New Iberia, and Alexandria in "gathering cotton, vegetables, molasses, rum, sugar, saddles, bridles, horses, mules, cattle, corn, and sweet potatoes. Negroes were mounted and assisted in driving in the cattle and horses found hidden in the woods and swamps. Between eight and ten thousand bales of cotton were collected. It was estimated that the . . . region was stripped of legitimate forage valued at more than ten million dollars. . . . "[2]te

According to a 2007 report, Washington was named one of the 10 worst speed traps in the state of Louisiana. Washington made 50.84% of its revenue, an average of roughly $370 per capita population, from fines and forfeitures in the 2005 fiscal year.

Geography

Washington is located at 30°36′52″N 92°3′30″W / 30.61444°N 92.05833°W / 30.61444; -92.05833 (30.614428, -92.058363)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it is land and 1.15% is water.

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