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Lecompte, Louisiana
Town
Town of Lecompte
Lecompte Town Hall
Lecompte Town Hall
Location of Lecompte in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Lecompte in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Rapides
Area
 • Total 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
69 ft (21 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 845
 • Density 794.92/sq mi (306.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-42800
Lecompte, LA welcome sign IMG 4248
Lecompte calls itself "The Pie Capital of Louisiana".
Lea's Restaurant, Lecompte, LA IMG 4992
Lea's Lunchroom is a popular restaurant in Lecompte.
Red River Bank, Lecompte, LA IMG 4253
Red River Bank in Lecompte
Bayou Boeuf at Lecompte, LA IMG 4996
Bayou Boeuf in Lecompte

Lecompte is a town in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is part of the Alexandria, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,227 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Lecompte is located at 31°5′28″N 92°24′1″W / 31.09111°N 92.40028°W / 31.09111; -92.40028 (31.091135, -92.400397).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.

It is most famous for Lea's Lunchroom 1, a restaurant specializing in pie. Since 2002, the town has hosted an annual pie festival 2.

Major highways

  • US 71.svg U.S. Route 71
  • Louisiana 112.svg Louisiana Highway 112
  • Louisiana Highway 457

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,058
1920 1,034 −2.3%
1930 1,247 20.6%
1940 1,311 5.1%
1950 1,443 10.1%
1960 1,485 2.9%
1970 1,518 2.2%
1980 1,661 9.4%
1990 1,592 −4.2%
2000 1,366 −14.2%
2010 1,227 −10.2%
2020 845 −31.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Lecompte racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 232 27.46%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 552 65.33%
Native American 5 0.59%
Asian 2 0.24%
Other/Mixed 38 4.5%
Hispanic or Latino 16 1.89%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 845 people, 416 households, and 236 families residing in the town.

History

The town of Lecompte, Louisiana, was named after a famous race horse owned by the Wells family who lived on a plantation south of the town. The horse's name was LeComte. He won races at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. During the days of the Lecompte High School, the yearbook was named The LeComte with a picture of the horse on the first page. When the railroad painted a sign on the side of the train depot years ago, a "p" was added to the name and it has been Lecompte ever since.

LeComte, the horse, was bought by an Englishman for an undisclosed large sum after winning a race, and died during the voyage back to England by catching cold and receiving poor care from the ship's crew.

Notable people

Shreveport attorney Jackson B. Davis, who served in the Louisiana State Senate from 1956 to 1980, was born near Lecompte. One of Davis's state Senate colleagues, Cecil R. Blair of Rapides Parish, who served from 1960 to 1964 and 1966–1976, resided and operated a business in Lecompte.

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Clyde C. Holloway, a resident of nearby Forest Hill, was born in Lecompte in 1943.

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