DeQuincy, Louisiana facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
DeQuincy Railroad Museum
Location of DeQuincy in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|• Total||3.19 sq mi (8.27 km2)|
|• Land||3.19 sq mi (8.27 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||79 ft (24 m)|
|• Density||984.96/sq mi (380.27/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
DeQuincy is located in northern Calcasieu Parish at Kinder and southwest 22 miles (35 km) to Deweyville, Texas, while LA 27 leads north 31 miles (50 km) to DeRidder and south 17 miles (27 km) to Sulphur, 9 miles (14 km) west of Lake Charles.(30.450915, -93.435613). Louisiana Highways 12 and 27 pass through the center of town: LA 12 leads east 36 miles (58 km) to
According to the United States Census Bureau, DeQuincy has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2), all of it land.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||544||17.3%|
|Hispanic or Latino||78||2.48%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,144 people, 972 households, and 720 families residing in the city.
Subject of multiple hoaxes
The town has been the subject of numerous hoaxes by satirical writer Paul Horner, widely spread on the Internet. The hoaxes claim the town enacted bizarre legislation such as banning those of Korean descent, permitting bigamy, banning Twerking, and the city being completely eradicated by zombies.
DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan, a Democrat, was falsely targeted in 2016 by an Internet hoax that he had jailed a volunteer fire chief for thirty days and then dismissed the man after the chief had prayed at the scene of a fire. The story identified the mayor as "Lawana Jones, an African-American atheist" and the fire chief as "39-year-old Ronnie Edwards." Henagan, the chairman of the deacon board at the First Baptist Church of DeQuincy, said that the chief is free to pray while firefighting. Henagan said he would Join the fire chief in prayer. Henagan said that he has no knowledge why he was singled out for a fake news article but noted that he could take no legal action because the reports used fictitious names.
The timber industry has long been a vital part of the local economy. DeQuincy is home to Temple-Inland's Southwest Louisiana Lumber Operation.
The DeQuincy Industrial Airpark houses facilities for Thermoplastic Services, Recycle Inc., United Oilfield Services, and Paragon Plastic Sheet. In 2002, Calgon Carbon Corporation planned to construct a carbon reactivation plant in the airpark, though those plans have been delayed due to environmental concerns.
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools operates public schools:
- DeQuincy High School
- DeQuincy Middle School
- DeQuincy Elementary School
- DeQuincy Primary School
- Burl Cain, warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary since 1995, formerly resided in DeQuincy.
- Johnny Dowers, actor, writer, composer and musician who has appeared on the TV series GCB and Charmed. He has been cast as Detective Tim Cooper in the police drama series The Bridge.
- Tina Girouard, award-winning video and performance artist whose work is in the collections of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Museo Rufino Tamayo, was born in DeQuincy.
- Smiley Lewis, rhythm and blues musician whose songs have been covered by Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Dave Edmunds, and Aerosmith
- Hanna Nicole and Ashley Grance from the American duo Ha*Ash, singers
- Anthony Pullard, NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Scott Brown, retired major league baseball
DeQuincy, Louisiana Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.