Just as Walnut Grove is steeped in history, the city of Lake Charles has a colorful past with strong community ties.
The legendary pirate Jean Lafitte is said to have hidden his bountiful treasure deep in the waters of Lake Charles. The tale is celebrated with Contraband Days, a two-week festival in May; the second longest in the state. Dozens of other festivals are held throughout the year, including a large family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration.
From the 180-mile Creole Nature Trail All American Road to the Mardi Gras museum, the area is rich in natural beauty and pageantry. With several bayous nearby, along with the lakefront, Lake Charles offers some of the best opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating and skiing. Of course, the south is known for good food and the restaurants in Southwest Louisiana live up to the legend, offering a wide variety of delicious dishes.
The historic Charpentier District features nearly 20 blocks of historic architecture, along with notable cemeteries and museums.
The educational system is strong, with both public and private schools. Lake Charles is proud to be home to McNeese State University, a public university offering more than 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Bulber Auditorium, one of three original structures in its 75-year history, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sowela Technical Community College offers two-year degrees as well as skilled worker training.
Lake Charles has a diverse economic base thanks to industry, gaming, healthcare and thriving businesses. It’s family-friendly atmosphere make it an ideal location to call home.