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Welcome to West Baton Rouge Parish, the richest lands carved by the mighty Mississippi River. This abundant place many call home is the result of the river depositing soil along the west bank for millennia.

A regional population of over 600,000 provides a base support for one of the largest ports in the U.S., the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. This port handles more than 56 million tons of products and over 20,000 barges annually to continue the journey from Texas to Florida. Presently, over 20,000 people are able to enjoy the fruits of commerce and the 204 square miles of West Baton Rouge Parish.

Today, residents of West Baton Rouge produce millions of dollars of valuable products, from the sweetest white sugar to versatile petroleum products. ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical Company are just two examples of industrial giants that may have been anchored by families descended from early inhabitants of the area.


Those original inhabitants, called the Acadians, arrived to West Baton Rouge nearly 300 years ago after being banned from Nova Scotia. Hungry and tired, the brave men and women embraced this land and began to develop it. The ample water and rich soil grew to be the stuff of sustenance, generating prosperity. Today, the rich agricultural heritage stands alongside the power of industry and international commerce. Powerful marine vessels dock where the small boats of history once landed.

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