DescriptionFounded in 1884, free homesteads and rich prairie land lured Midwestern wheat farmers, who soon began growing rice instead. The Mermentau River, its banks lined with moss-draped trees, flows through this island in an ocean of rice paddies.
In 1901 Louisiana's first oil well came in 5 miles northeast of Jennings, touching off a rush of oil developers to the area. The Louisiana Oil and Gas Park on SR 26 at I-10 houses an information center, live alligator displays and a replica of the state's first oil derrick. Oil and rice are still the mainstays of Jennings' economy. Many wells, streams and canals supply the water needed to grow the rice, and airplanes are often used to plant the crops.
Visitor InfoJeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission 100 Rue de l'Acadie JENNINGS, LA 70546. Phone:(337)821-5521 or (800)264-5521
Things to SeeW.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum