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Allen Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Allen Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Seat Oberlin
Largest city Oakdale
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

766 sq mi (1,983 km²)
764 sq mi (1,980 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.15%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

25,440
33/sq mi (13/km²)
Founded 1912
Named for Confederate General and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
The Allen Parish Courthouse in Oberlin near sunset

Allen Parish (French: Paroisse d'Allen) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Oberlin; a larger community is Oakdale. As of the 2000 census, the population was 25,440. Allen Parish is in southwestern Louisiana, southwest of Alexandria.

Allen Parish is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen. It was separated in 1912 from the larger Calcasieu Parish to the southwest.

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Leatherwood Museum

On September 27, 2008, the Allen Parish Tourist Commission opened Leatherwood Museum in Oakdale in a two-story house which served during the early 20th century as a hospital where women waited on the second-floor balcony to deliver their babies.[1]

The museum focuses on the history of agriculture and timber. Upstairs exhibits include photographs and a machine for cutting rice stalks, displays of early dental and medical equipment, pictures of war maneuvers during World War II, and a letter from Confederate States of America soldier David Dunn to his wife. Dunn was the grandfather of William T. Dunn, founder of Dunnsville, which became Oakdale. An education room contains displays on Louisiana High School Hall of Fame sports figures Curtis Cook of Oakdale, Johnny Buck of Kinder, and Hoyle Granger of Oberlin. Granger, an inductee of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame who starred for the Houston Oilers, addressed the grand opening of the museum. Other exhibits focus on the Coushatta Indians and "Courir De Mardi Gras" or the country way of celebrating Mardi Gras in Allen Parish.[1]

Adagria Haddock, director of the Allen Parish Tourist Commission, said that in addition to a hospital, the building formerly served as a boarding house and the home of the Leatherwood family. The house dates to July 3, 1888. The Leatherwoods turned the building into a museum in 1986, but it closed a decade later because of a lack of funding. In 2005, the house was donated to the Allen Parish Tourist Commission.[1]

The downstairs contains the furnishings of a typical family house of the time, with displays of clothing and other period artifacts. "We just wanted you to feel like home when you walked in and then go explore the museum part [upstairs]," Haddock told Alexandria Daily Town Talk. The facility is handicapped-accessible with an elevator. A state grant of $65,000 helped fund restoration. The museum can be contacted at (318) 335-0622, (888) 639-4868 or at www.AllenParish on-line.[1]

Geography

The parish has a total area of 766 square miles (1,983 km²), of which, 764 square miles (1,980 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it (0.15%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent parishes

Waterways

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 25,440 people, 8,102 households, and 5,930 families residing in the parish. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 9,157 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 71.90% White, 24.60% Black or African American, 1.72% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 4.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 6.22% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 4.68% speak Spanish.[1]

Census Pop.  %±
1920 18,382
1930 15,261 −17.0%
1940 17,540 14.9%
1950 18,835 7.4%
1960 19,867 5.5%
1970 20,794 4.7%
1980 21,390 2.9%
1990 21,226 −0.8%
2000 25,440 19.9%
Est. 2006 25,447 [3] 0%
Allen Parish Census Data[4]

There were 8,102 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the parish the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 126.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.50 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $27,777, and the median income for a family was $33,920. Males had a median income of $32,371 versus $17,154 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,101. About 17.90% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.60% of those under age 18 and 21.50% of those age 65 or over.

The most populated city as of the 2000 census was Oakdale, LA.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 66.9% 6,333 30.5% 2,891 2.6% 243
2004 56.3% 5,140 41.5% 3,791 2.1% 193
2000 48.7% 4,035 47.2% 3,914 2.3% 343
1996 29.3% 2,589 55.7% 4,930 15.0% 1,325
1992 30.6% 3,069 56.2% 5,626 13.2% 1,322
1988 40.9% 3,674 57.9% 5,204 1.2% 111
1984 47.7% 4,474 51.6% 4,842 0.7% 66
1980 34.8% 3,328 63.3% 6,057 1.9% 179
1976 27.1% 2,080 70.0% 5,373 2.9% 220
1972 59.4% 3,581 33.7% 2,029 6.9% 418
1968 13.8% 1,004 27.9% 2,026 58.3% 4,229
1964 41.7% 2,704 58.3% 3,787 0.0% 0
1960 27.0% 1,676 59.8% 3,719 13.2% 820

Allen was a strongly Democratic parish in Presidential and Congressional elections; the last Republican to win a majority in the county before 2000 was Richard Nixon in 1972. Starting in 2000, when George W. Bush narrowly won the parish, Allen has become a Republican strongold; John McCain won nearly two-thirds of the parish's vote in 2008.

Allen is part of Louisiana's 4th and 5th congressional districts, which are held by Republicans John C. Fleming and Rodney Alexander respectively. In the Louisiana House of Representatives Allen is part of the 32nd Assembly district, which is held by Democrat Dorothy Sue Hill. In the Louisiana Senate Allen is part of the 28th district, which is held by Democrat Eric LaFleur.

Cities, towns, and villages

Map of Allen Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Education

Residents are zoned to Allen Parish Schools [2].

Notable natives and residents

See also

References

External links

Geology

Coordinates: 30°40′N 92°50′W / 30.66°N 92.83°W / 30.66; -92.83


Genealogy

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Allen Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting Allen Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1912
Seat Oberlin
Largest City Oakdale
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.15%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

25440
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Confederate General and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen

Allen Parish (French: Paroisse d'Allen) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Oberlin and As of 2000, the population was 25,440. Allen Parish is in southwestern Louisiana, southwest of Alexandria. it is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen. Allen Parish was formed in 1912 from Calcasieu Parish.

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Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,983 km² (766 sq mi). 1,980 km² (764 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.15%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 25,440 people, 8,102 households, and 5,930 families residing in the parish. The population density was 13/km² (33/sq mi). There were 9,157 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (12/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 71.90% White, 24.60% Black or African American, 1.72% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 4.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 6.22% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 4.68% speak Spanish.[1]

There were 8,102 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the parish the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 126.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.50 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $27,777, and the median income for a family was $33,920. Males had a median income of $32,371 versus $17,154 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,101. About 17.90% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.60% of those under age 18 and 21.50% of those age 65 or over.

The most populated city as of the 2000 census was Oakdale.

Cities, towns, and villages

Map of Allen Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Education

Residents are zoned to Allen Parish Schools [2].

Notable Residents

Former Superintendent of Education William J. "Bill" Dodd (1909-1991) taught at Oakdale High School in Allen Parish in the late 1930s. There, he met his wife, the former Verone Ford (1917-2005), who was a student in his class. Another of Dodd's students was future Louisiana Treasurer Mary Evelyn Dickerson Parker. Allen Parish elected Dodd to the state legislature in 1940. From that point forward, he was a major player in Louisiana politics.

External links

Coordinates: 30°40′N 92°50′W / 30.66, -92.83


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