Allen Parish
Tourist Commission
  P.O. Box 1280
Oberlin, Louisiana 70655
Email:
director@allenparish.com
Toll Free    (888) 639-4868
Telephone (337) 639-4868
Fax             (337) 639-4911

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Elizabeth was established in 1907. The construction of the mill and town were virtually completed by 1909. The paper mill, turpentine still, canning plant, potato curing shed, and a few other facilities were added later. The Town Hall has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places, according to Robert B. Blieux, State Historic Preservation officer. It was built by the company in 1924 and originally served as the hospital for the Industrial Lumber Company. The town was named for the daughter of Sam Park.  Elizabeth is known as the “Front Porch Community” and is the home of Little Piney Park and Christmas In the Country. Christmas in the Country is truly in the country. It starts with a one week long primitive camping experience a week prior to the downtown festival. Each night a different event is held, such as a dance, with DJ and music, all kinds of cooking and other interesting social events.  For a fee of only $5.00, you can take a 15 mile trail ride that is  encompassed entirely in the West Bay Wildlife area. The Elizabeth Recreation District in corporation with Boise Cascade and the Wildlife and Fisheries Department sponsors the trail ride. With this unified corporation, this event is truly one to participate in, or come to watch. All riders who take part in the trail ride will also take part in the Christmas in the Country parade. The festival is held downtown Elizabeth after the Christmas parade. This event is always held on the first Saturday of December at 2:00 P.M. You will find many food and crafts vendors. For information on these and many other events please call
(318) 452-2298. 

Grant was established in 1894 by the first postmaster, James A. Grant. This rural area is supported by logging, farming, and a newly- developed oil industry. Grant is the home of the Grant Syrup Mill. Homemade biscuits topped with syrup fresh from the mule drawn cane press is the order of the day! Baked in an old fashion wood fired stove, these biscuits are just like Grandma used to make.

  Kinder is strategically located at the southern end of Allen Parish at the intersection of two major U. S. Highways. U. S. Hwy. 190, which traverses the state in an east- west direction and U. S. Hwy. 165 which traverses the state in a north- south direction. In addition, the Union Pacific Railroad east-west line intersects the Missouri Pacific Railroad north-south line in Kinder. Add to that, the fact that Kinder is only 18 miles north of interstate 10 and you will understand why this community is known as the "CROSSROADS TO EVERYWHERE". Kinder was established in 1885 and was named after the first settler, James Kinder. He opened a small store, and as settlers migrated into the area, the name developed by the constant usage. Kinder, the “Gateway to Opportunity” is a great blend of Cajun culture, Native American culture, and the Piney Woods culture. You will find plenty of fishing, canoeing, and site seeing on the Calcasieu and the Ouiska Chitto, Louisiana Scenic Waterways. Kinder is also the home of the Coushatta Casino Resort, the primier casino in Louisiana, with casino gaming, fantastic dining and first class convention facilities. Located 5 miles north of Kinder on US Hwy. 165, there are over 3200 slots, 80 tables, 6 restaurants, more than 500 luxurious rooms, RV resort with 108 pads and 100 chalets, special events area, onsite fuel facility, and a championship golf course. There is also over 1,200 hotel rooms. 
If you have any questions or need more information please contact us at the
Kinder Chamber of Commerce 414 North 9th Street, P.O. Box 853 Kinder, LA. 70648 (337) 738-2568 or Email: kcc@centurytel.net

LeBlanc was established in the 1800s. LeBlanc now is the home of Deep Wood Adventures with camping, hunting, fishing, and canoeing available. Silica sand mining and forestry are the main industries.

Mittie is the "Canoe Capital of Southwest Louisiana". The Ouiska Chitto (Big Cane Creek) provides ideal water conditions for canoeing. The area is very popular for fishing and boating as well. The Calcasieu River (Screaming Eagle) runs just to the east; both of these Scenic Waterways have beautiful, sandy-white beaches. It was 1916 when Mittie Burnett established the Mittie Post Office. Later in 1928, Clinton and Oma Simmons established the present site of Mittie. Mittie is the home of the Old Time Plow Days which happens every year in September. Mittie is now known as the "Canoeing Capital of Southwest Louisiana". The great Ouiska Chitto has given thousands of canoeists wonderful memories, fun in the sun, and a day of relaxing to the max! Allen Parish has 6 canoe rental establishments, 5 are located in Mittie. and 1 in LeBlanc. 

Oakdale is the largest community in Allen Parish and was named for its beautiful oak trees. The first settlers came to the area in 1860, and in 1923 the governor of Louisiana proclaimed Oakdale a city. From its beginning, Oakdale has depended on the forest for its livelihood. The Leatherwood Museum contains the history of the timber industry and the surrounding area. The current population is 8,150. It is often said when visitors come to Oakdale they never meet a stranger, just friends they have yet to meet. Oakdale is a community known for its peaceful atmosphere and friendly citizens. Oakdale is located in the northeastern portion of Allen Parish on U.S. Hwy. 165. A blend of the past and the present is evident in the buildings and traditions of Oakdale. There are several historic building located in the area including Oakdale High School. Downtown Oakdale offers the newly remodeled Mowad Civic Center, which is available for private and public functions. Nearby, the beautiful landscaped Fuller's Park provides a peaceful setting for a quiet evening stroll. The Christmas season is an especially exciting time to visit Oakdale. The festivities begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving. There are many recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike on the lakes and waterways as well as in the forest and fields that surround the Oakdale area. There is plenty of hunting and fishing and you can enjoy all this while staying in some of the nicest motels or roughing it under the stars. 

Oberlin is the Parish Seat. The historic Court House is located at the end of Main Street. The town is made up of a unique blend of peoples. French is still an important form of communication in language and culture, which is reflected in the food and music so popular to the town. The Allen Parish Tourist Commission Administrative Office is located in Oberlin on U.S. Hwy. 165 just as you are coming into town from the south. This center has all the information on Allen Parish and other areas in the state. 

Reeves is the west gate to Allen Parish and Acadiana. It is located in the southwestern part of Allen Parish, twelve miles west of Kinder. Mr. Dallas H. Reeves, Sr. operated a grist mill on Clear Creek where the railroad crossed it, hence the name. Reeves has a high school with an enrollment of approximately 330 including the elementary. There are five churches, which are well attended and supported. Most of the income is from rice farming, cattle, wool, and oil. It is noted for its Bluegrass and Gospel music. The area boasts of Dry Creek Ranch which has 1500 acres, covered in pine and hardwood trees, open to hunting. Different types of hunts are available and one can be customized to fit your needs. Dry Creek Ranch specializes in duck and quail hunts. All hunts include cleaning and packaging, skeet shooting and meals. Lodging is available as well. Guides and dogs are always available to make your hunt a memorable experience. For practice, try the 10 – station sporting clay range. Reeves also has Camp Pearl Recreational area. 

Check out the CM Farms in Reeves, Louisiana.  It is located on LA Highway 190, next to Reeves City Park.  We have all kinds of vegetables and fruits.  Our Country Market is open seven days a week.  During the months of October and November, we have a corn maze for you to find your way through.  
Check out our website:  www.cmfarmsllc.com for more information.

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