Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

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When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry Parish]]. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry Parish]]. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river.
  
 
The name Calcasieu (pronounced Cal-ca-shoo) comes from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue", meaning "crying eagle". It was originally the name of an Atakapa chief, but became the name given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River (Rio Stondo or "Deep River"), now the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name. <ref name="Wikipedia">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana Wikipedia]</ref>  
 
The name Calcasieu (pronounced Cal-ca-shoo) comes from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue", meaning "crying eagle". It was originally the name of an Atakapa chief, but became the name given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River (Rio Stondo or "Deep River"), now the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name. <ref name="Wikipedia">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcasieu_Parish,_Louisiana Wikipedia]</ref>  
  
==== Parent Parish ====
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This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron]], [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard]], [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen]] and [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]].
  
*'''1840--'''Calcasieu Parish was created 24 March 1840 from [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry ]]Parish, one of the original nineteen civil parishes established by the Legislature in 1807. <br>'''Parish seat:''' Lake Charles <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
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In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of [[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron Parish]] from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.
  
 
The May 3, 1912, issue of the American Press reported: "In one of the most representative meetings ever held in the state, as well as one of the most harmonious, it was decided at the parish convention in this city [Lake Charles] last night to divide Imperial Calcasieu parish into four parishes. Amicable agreements were made upon the lines of division."  
 
The May 3, 1912, issue of the American Press reported: "In one of the most representative meetings ever held in the state, as well as one of the most harmonious, it was decided at the parish convention in this city [Lake Charles] last night to divide Imperial Calcasieu parish into four parishes. Amicable agreements were made upon the lines of division."  
  
*[[Cameron Parish, Louisiana|Cameron ]]Parish set off 15 March 1870, from the south portion of Calcasieu
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The divisions were as follows:
*part set off for [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]] Parish 12 June 1912  
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*part set off for [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard ]]Parish 12 Jun 1912  
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*Part set off for [[Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana|Jefferson Davis]] Parish 12 June 1912.
*Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides ]]1852, [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]] 1852, [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion ]]1871, [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen ]]1912
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*Part set off for [[Beauregard Parish, Louisiana|Beauregard ]]Parish 12 Jun 1912.
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*Various parts taken to add to other existing parishes, [[Rapides Parish, Louisiana|Rapides ]]1852, [[St. Landry Parish, Louisiana|St. Landry]] 1852, [[Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|Vermilion ]]1871, [[Allen Parish, Louisiana|Allen ]]1912.
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== Parish Seat  ==
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'''Parish seat:''' Lake Charles <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
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== Record Loss  ==
  
The parish courthouse was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, and many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.  
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The parish courthouse,&nbsp;as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.  
  
 
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[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22019.html Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts]  
 
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Contents

Parish Courthouse

  Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
1015 Pithon Street
PO Box 1583
Lake Charles, LA 70602

The Police Jury is the governing authority of the Parish.

History

When Louisiana became a state, the large, sparsely settled area between the Atchafalaya and Sabine rivers was designated St. Landry Parish. As the parish became more populated, settlers began to complain about the long horse or wagon journey they had to make to Opelousas. By 1840, the area had enough settlers that the Louisiana Legislature took note of their complaints and created a new parish out of the southwest corner of St. Landry Parish. The new parish was named Calcasieu in honor of the region's principal river.

The name Calcasieu (pronounced Cal-ca-shoo) comes from the Atakapan word, "quelqueshue", meaning "crying eagle". It was originally the name of an Atakapa chief, but became the name given to what was formerly the Rio Hondo River (Rio Stondo or "Deep River"), now the Calcasieu River. The parish then inherited this name. [1]

This original Calcasieu Parish, known as "Imperial Calcasieu Parish," included most of the five modern parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jefferson Davis.

Boundary Changes

In 1870, Imperial Calcasieu underwent the first of two reorganizations. On 16 March 1870, Louisiana Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth signed an act providing for the creation of Cameron Parish from land then lying in both Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.

The May 3, 1912, issue of the American Press reported: "In one of the most representative meetings ever held in the state, as well as one of the most harmonious, it was decided at the parish convention in this city [Lake Charles] last night to divide Imperial Calcasieu parish into four parishes. Amicable agreements were made upon the lines of division."

The divisions were as follows:

Parish Seat

Parish seat: Lake Charles [2]

Record Loss

The parish courthouse, as well as most of downtown Lake Charles, was destroyed by a disastrous fire on April 23, 1910. Many of the records of the parish were burned or damaged.

Places / Localities

Resources

African American

Calcasieu Parish Cemeteries

Census Information

Calcasieu Parish Census Quick Facts

Year   Link to Census Text
Link to Census Images
1840
1840 Census - Text 1840 Census - Images
1850 1850 Census - Text

Church

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

 

Lake Charles American Press - Online subscriptions or day passes to the ePaper allow users to search the entire archives.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth records going back 100 years are housed by the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit. Phone: 337-478-6020.

Death records - Louisiana Secretary of State - Search the Louisiana death records database and order certified copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in Louisiana over 50 years ago. Search by deceased's name, parish, or month of death.

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Libraries

 

Websites

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).