Located in the southwestern part of the state of Louisiana and a city and seat of Calcasieu Parish, it sits along the Calcasieu River which is approximately 70 miles west of Lafayette and is adjacent to the town of Sulphur, and a port of entry on a deepwater channel that is linked to the Gulf of Mexico. The area was first regarded as a port of pirates, the site was settled earlier. In the 1880s, the area was promoted as a base for the exploration of heavy timbered pinelands to the north and west and was also the advent of the railroads that then stimulated the economic growth of the area. It brought grain farmers who were originally from the Midwest who then developed the nearby area into rice-farming area of the country.
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