Lake Charles & Louisiana Facts

Here are various facts, events, and stats about Lake Charles and Louisiana. We cant confirm the origin of all these or if 100% all these are true. However, we did find them on the Internet so they must be true. Enjoy, and if you have a fact about our part of Southwest Louisiana or the State, let us know, news@lakecharles.com.

Lake Charles Facts

  • The city’s first library opened in 1904, financed by Andrew Carnegie and is named the Carnegie Memorial Library
  • Lake Charles is mentioned by the character played by Tom Hanks in the movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • In an episode of the Andy Griffith Show, Andy mentions visiting Uncle Olly and Aunt Flora in Lake Charles.
  • Lake Charles, La. is mentioned in the lyrics of the song “Up on Cripple Creek” by The Band.
  • The musical Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner, nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2004, is set in Lake Charles.
  • Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angels in America, grew up in Lake Charles
  • Actor Zachary Levi was born as Zachary Levi Pugh, on September 29, 1980, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
  • The 1911 Historic City Hall was the seat of Lake Charles city government until 1978, it is now the Arts & Cultural Center.
  • Actor Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) was born in Lake Charles, La.
  • From 1894 to 1926, steel-rail streetcar lines served Lake Charles, providing, 24-hour transit service to residents.
  • Margaret Place in Lake Charles, LA is generally considered the oldest recorded subdivision in Calcasieu Parish.

Louisiana Facts

  • Metairie is home to the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway.
  • Breaux Bridge is known as the “Crawfish Capital of the World”.
  • Rayne is known as the “The Frog Capital of the World”.
  • Louisiana is the only state that does not have counties. Its political subdivisions are called parishes.
  • Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.
  • The Eastern Brown Pelican is the state bird
  • The Magnolia is the state flower
  • The Bald Cypress is the state tree
  • The state wildflower is The Louisiana Iris
  • The state insect is the Honeybee
  • The state freshwater fish is the White Perch
  • The state mammal is the Louisiana Black Bear
  • The state crustacean is the Crawfish
  • The state reptile is the Alligator
  • The state dog is the Catahoula Leopard Dog, often called the Catahoula Hound
  • The state musical instrument is the “Cajun Accordion”
  • Mardi Gras colors are Purple (Justice), Gold (Power), and Green (Faith)
  • Jennings is called the “Garden Spot of Louisiana” for it’s rich and productive farmland.
  • The oldest town in Louisiana is Natchitoches which was established in 1714.
  • Mamou bills itself as “The Cajun Music Capital of the World.”
  • Louisiana State Colors: Gold, white and blue
  • The state motto: “Union, Justice, Confidence”
  • The highest elevation is Driskill Mountain in Bienville Parish at 535 feet above sea level
  • The lowest elevation is New Orleans at eight feet below sea level
  • The first opera performed in America was in 1796 in New Orleans
  • The oldest salt dome in the Western Hemisphere was discovered in Avery Island in 1862
  • The official song is “Give me Louisiana”
  • The state gemstone: Agate

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