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Beauregard Parish

Map of Beauregard ParishBeauregard Parish was carved out of Imperial Calcasieu Parish in 1912.  During the early nineteenth century, the area that later became Beauregard was part of the Neutral Strip, a territory that both the United States and Spanish Texas could not occupy until border disputes were resolved.

Beauregard Parish, the "southern gateway to The Western Corridor," consequently emerged with a heritage that reflects both Louisiana and Texas.

Prior to The Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 defining distinct boundaries at the Sabine River, the territory was a criminal’s haven filled with bandits, smugglers, and fugitive slaves.

DOTD Tourism Map of Beauregard Parish

Situated on 1160 square miles, present-day Beauregard Parish has a population slightly over 30,000.  The parish's economy is based on forestry, livestock, paper and clothing manufacturing, and agriculture.  Their chief crops are soybeans and rice.

Beauregard Parish is the ideal locale for outdoor lovers.  Waterways such as the Sabine River, Whiskey Chitto, Toro Bayou and Kisatchie Bayou are ideal havens for canoeing and fishing.  Hunting for birds and larger game is also a popular sport.  Bird watchers and hunters find the vicinity rich in opportunities, for half of the birds of North America are found in Southwest Louisiana.  Visitors are especially encouraged to tour DeRidder--whose downtown area is listed as a National Register Historic District.

by Alana A. Carmon

Principle Towns

DeRidder

Dry Creek

Fields

Longville

Merryville

Ragley

Singer

Sugartown

Beauregard Parish Tourism Commission

 

Events and Festivals

Ragley Heritage & Timber Festival

Treasure Fest (DeRidder)

La Cuisine De Beauregard (DeRidder)

Beauregard Parish Fair (DeRidder)

Merryville Heritage Festival (DeRidder)

Beauregard Watermelon Festival (DeRidder)

Culture Crafts Pow Wow & Fun Days (DeRidder)

The DeRidder Gem and Mineral Show

Miracle on Washington Christmas Festival

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Lois Lofton Doll Museum

National Register of Historic Places

Lagniappe

DeRidder Lions Club Annual Pro Rodeo

Beauregard Parish Courthouses

Beauregard Parish Library

CM Farms Corn Maze

Local Authors

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