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Pineville, Louisiana
City of Pineville
PinevilleMainStreet.jpg
Location of Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Pineville 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 13.14 sq mi (34.04 km2)
 • Land 12.62 sq mi (32.68 km2)
 • Water 0.52 sq mi (1.36 km2)
Elevation
118 ft (36 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,384
 • Rank RA: 2nd
 • Density 1,139.96/sq mi (440.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-60530
Website www.pineville.net

Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is located across the Red River from the larger Alexandria. Pineville is hence part of the Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,555 at the 2010 census. It had been 13,829 in 2000; population hence grew by 5 percent over the preceding decade.

The Central Louisiana State Hospital, the Pinecrest Supports and Services Center, the Huey P. Long Memorial Hospital (closed), the Alexandria Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Alexandria National Cemetery are all located in Pineville. The city is also home to several large non-government employers including Baker Manufacturing, Procter & Gamble, Crest Industries, and Dresser Industrial Valve.

Original LSU in Pineville

Louisiana State University was founded by the Louisiana General Assembly in 1853. It was founded under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy and was located near Pineville. The first session began on January 2, 1860, with General William Tecumseh Sherman of Ohio as superintendent.

The military opened for its fourth session in November 1862 with 112 students. Superintendent William A. Seay found the task of holding the cadets in class hopeless. According to historian John D. Winters of Louisiana Tech University:

The undisciplined young cadets with their enthusiasm for war were a continuous source of trouble. Around April 1, 1863, the cadets decided to close the school. They broke into the kitchen, smashed all the furniture, and seized all the cutlery, dishes, pots and pans, dumping them into the well. Most of the students then went home to volunteer. Professor Seay was able to keep a few students until April 23, when the excitement of the approach of Banks's army caused him to close the school and send the cadets home to fight."

Geography

Pineville is located at 31°20′20″N 92°24′45″W / 31.33889°N 92.41250°W / 31.33889; -92.41250 (31.338781, -92.412485).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.3 km²), of which 11.5 square miles (29.7 km²) is land and 0.6 square mile (1.6 km²) (4.97%) is water.

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pineville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Pineville, Louisiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 59
(15)
63
(17.2)
70
(21.1)
77
(25)
85
(29.4)
90
(32.2)
93
(33.9)
93
(33.9)
89
(31.7)
79
(26.1)
69
(20.6)
60
(15.6)
77
(25)
Average low °F (°C) 38
(3.3)
42
(5.6)
49
(9.4)
56
(13.3)
65
(18.3)
71
(21.7)
74
(23.3)
73
(22.8)
68
(20)
57
(13.9)
48
(8.9)
40
(4.4)
54
(12.2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.44
(138.2)
5.53
(140.5)
5.3
(135)
4.55
(115.6)
4.72
(119.9)
5.38
(136.7)
4.39
(111.5)
4.11
(104.4)
3.93
(99.8)
5.27
(133.9)
6.19
(157.2)
6.24
(158.5)
54.9
(1,394)
Source: Accuweather

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 393
1870 414 5.3%
1880 763 84.3%
1890 540 −29.2%
1900 617 14.3%
1910 1,212 96.4%
1920 2,188 80.5%
1930 3,612 65.1%
1940 4,297 19.0%
1950 6,423 49.5%
1960 8,636 34.5%
1970 8,951 3.6%
1980 12,034 34.4%
1990 12,251 1.8%
2000 13,829 12.9%
2010 14,555 5.2%
2020 14,384 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Pineville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,013 55.71%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,753 33.04%
Native American 68 0.47%
Asian 253 1.76%
Pacific Islander 8 0.06%
Other/Mixed 798 5.55%
Hispanic or Latino 491 3.41%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,384 people, 5,065 households, and 3,063 families residing in the city.

Museums

Old Pineville City Hall IMG 1108
The former Pineville City Hall building now houses the only museum in Louisiana dedicated to municipal government

Pineville houses two unique museums. The Louisiana Maneuvers Museum provides insight into the huge maneuvers that prepared the United States for World War II and promoted the career of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, known for his organizational skills.

Old Town Hall Museum "is the only museum in the entire state of Louisiana dedicated to municipal government".

National Guard

Located adjacent to the city is Camp Beauregard. Operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard, it is the headquarters of the 225th Engineer Brigade and is one of the largest engineer units in the US Army.

Liquor sales in restaurants

Until a special election held on October 19, 2013, Pineville had long been a fully dry city, with no alcohol available legally in the community. Voters in the 1980s maintained that stance in a referendum. The late Mayor Fred Baden was particularly known for his opposition to liquor sales. Clarence R. Fields, the first African-American mayor of Pineville, who has held his office since 1999, pushed for another referendum to permit the sale of liquor in restaurants. Nearly four years after Baden's death, the measure was roundly approved by voters in the special election, 1,849 (78 percent) to 515 (22 percent).

Liquor will become available in restaurants no sooner than January 1, 2014. Fields claims that allowing limited liquor sales, requested by area developers, will boost economic development, particularly along the riverfront. According to Fields, members of the clergy, including city council member Nathan Martin of the Christian Challenge Worship Center in Pineville, have joined the call for liquor sales: "We've had a lot of conversations with our religious community, and all of the ministers I have spoken with are favorable.".

The liquor referendum was authored by State Senator Rick Gallot. In the previous referendum in 1981, liquor sales in restaurants had not been one of the options available for consideration. Gallot's Senate Bill 116 allows cities within the population range of 13,500 to 16,500 to call for an election to permit restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages. The Pineville City Council then voted unanimously to place the referendum on the special election ballot.

Pineville gallery

Education

In 1906, the Southern Baptist–affiliated Louisiana College opened in Pineville. The Rapides Parish School Board operates public schools.

Notable people

  • Joe W. Aguillard, president of Louisiana College from 2005 to 2014
  • Rick Brewer, president of Louisiana College since 2015
  • Faith Ford, actress
  • W. C. Friley, president of Louisiana College from 1909 to 1910
  • Lawrence T. Fuglaar, state representative for Rapides Parish from 1948 to 1952
  • Justin Gaston, actor, model, and singer who was also a contestant on Nashville Star.
  • G. Earl Guinn, president of Louisiana College from 1951 to 1975
  • Jeff Hall, state representative for District 26 in Rapides Parish; former Pineville resident
  • Henry E. Hardtner, lumber magnate, state legislator, and forestry conservationist, born in Pineville in 1870
  • Ben F. Holt, state representative from Rapides Parish from 1956 to 1960
  • Anjanette Kirkland, track and field athlete
  • Rory Lee, president of Louisiana College from 1997 to 2004
  • Rashard Lewis, professional basketball player with the Miami Heat
  • Robert L. Lynn, Louisiana College president from 1975 to 1997; now a poet in Duluth, Georgia
  • Tommy Tenney, evangelist and author
  • Kenny Mixon, played football at Pineville High, LSU and with NFL.

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