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Milton, Louisiana
Milton Welcome Sign
Milton Welcome Sign
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Coordinates: 30°06′14″N 92°04′35″W / 30.10389°N 92.07639°W / 30.10389; -92.07639Coordinates: 30°06′14″N 92°04′35″W / 30.10389°N 92.07639°W / 30.10389; -92.07639
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Lafayette
Area
 • Total 4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)
 • Land 4.64 sq mi (12.03 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,030
 • Density 652/sq mi (251.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-50815

Milton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. At the 2010 U.S. census it had a population of 3,030; at the 2019 American Community Survey, it had an estimated population of 2,299. Milton is part of the Lafayette metropolitan statistical area.

History

It is unknown when the village of Milton was first settled. Old land claims show that much of the town is on land once owned by Bernard, son of Ashnoya, a chief of the Attakapas Indians. The area served as a river crossing and a trade center for the farms and cattle ranches that lined both sides of the Vermilion River.

The earliest settlers were Acadian families. Early Acadian landowners in the area included Francois Broussard, son of Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil; Jean Bernard; Pierre Vincent; Michel Meaux; Jean-Baptiste Trahan; and Joseph Boudreaux. Jean-Jacques Denais operated a ferry at the townsite in the early 19th century. Désiré Broussard and Jean-Baptiste Montet settled there by 1823. Anselm Thibodeaux, who settled on land on the east bank of the river, cultivated it for at least 20 years prior to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Anselm's Coulee, named for him, runs through the area.

Miltonbridge
Milton's Vermillion River bridge

Beausoleil Broussard's descendants Eloi Broussard and Darmas Broussard owned and operated a store during the steamboat era. They built a two-story home on the east side of the river in the late 1880s. The home stands at a bridge there today. A ferry operated at the Milton site probably as early as 1820. At the December 14, 1897, meeting of the Vermilion Parish Police Jury, it was suggested that a bridge be built across the river there. That bridge was dedicated on February 2, 1902. The present bridge was built in 1948.

In 1885, Dr. Milton R. Cushman came to the area to practice medicine. Dr. Cushman petitioned for a post office at the Desire Broussard place and became the first postmaster there. The mail was left at his medical office. When postal officials asked for a name for the locale, Dr. Cushman's wife decided upon Milton—the name of her husband and son, Milton S. Cushman, who was born in 1890.

Demographics

The 2019 American Community Survey determined 2,299 people lived in Milton, down from 3,030 at the 2010 United States census. Of the population, 1,052 were male and 1,247 were female with a ratio of 84.4 males per 100 females. The community had a median age of 45.1 and 1,902 people aged 18 and older were registered voters. In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup of Milton was 95.7% non-Hispanic white and 4.3% Black and African American.

Education

Milton is part of the Lafayette Parish School System.

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