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Lecompte in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

The Name Lecompte

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May 18, 2005
1. The Name Lecompte Marker
Inscription.  In 1854 the residents of Smith's Landing, a small trading post on historic Bayou Boeuf renamed their settlement LECOMTE for a famous horse. LECOMTE was owned by Thomas Jefferson and Montfort Wells, area plantation owners. LECOMTE won his first race in 1853 on the Metairie course in New Orleans. In 1854 he won the Great State Stakes four mile heat in 7 minutes 26 seconds best time ever previously recorded. When a sign was painted for the Town a P was added to the name and the town has been known as LECOMPTE ever since.
Erected 2006 by Town of Lecompte.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsSettlements & SettlersSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 31° 5.283′ N, 92° 23.772′ W. Marker is in Lecompte, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 71/167 and Louisiana Highway 112, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 71/167. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1810 US-71, Lecompte LA 71346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smith's Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town of Lecompte
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(approx. Ό mile away); Lecompte High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Epps House (approx. 6.1 miles away); a different marker also named Epps House (approx. 6.1 miles away); Edwin Epps House (approx. 6.1 miles away); Oakland Hall (approx. 6.3 miles away); Headquarters 1st Calvary Division, Army of West La., May 8, 1864 (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lecompte.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2015. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 46 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 15, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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