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Duson, LA Info


Lafayette Parish
Vermilion Parish
Duson is a town in Acadia and Lafayette parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 1,672 at the 2000 census. The town was named after Curley Duson.

The Lafayette Parish portion of Duson is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Acadia Parish portion is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area.

GEOGRAPHY

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km). None of the area is covered with water.

HISTORY

Originally known as "Duson Station" the town was laid out by J.G. Parkerson, general manager of the Louisiana Western Railroad. By August 30, 1880, the railroad line from New Orleans to Houston was completed and passenger and freight service began. It merged with Southern Pacific Railroad in 1900. The village of Duson was incorporated on December 16, 1909, named after the land developer Curley Duson and installed Adolph De Jean as the first mayor.

Cotton Mill in Duson, LA
A typical cotton mill along the railroad in Duson.

DEMOGRAPHICS

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,672 people, 644 households, and 452 families residing in the town. The population density was 651.4 people per square mile (251.2/km). There were 724 housing units at an average density of 282.1 per square mile (108.8/km). The racial makeup of the town was 73.98% White, 25.24% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia and townofduson.com