Acadia Parish
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Rayne, Louisiana

Acadia Parish

(submitted by and photos by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

US Hwy 90 abt 7 miles east of Crowley. GPS: 30.235000, -92.268333

When the railroad came to the coastal prairie in the 1800s, the Rayne community was called Pouppeville. The name was changed to Rayne, to honor the engineer who laid the tracks.

Rayne and frogs go way back, too. In the 1900s, three Parisians - Jacques Weil and his brothers, operated a profitable export business shipping the local delicacy - frog legs - to restaurants all over the country.

Rayne will always be unique. Rayne is home to St. Joseph Cemetery, listed in Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the only cemetery in the United States facing north-south.

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