SENIORS ENJOY TRAVEL THROUGH LOUISIANA



Seniors Drop By Calcasieu Parish

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Seniors soon get acquainted with Sulphur population of 20,500, and that’s where we are headed today. Sulphur is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area, in the Calctsieu Parish. Sulphur is the 13th largest city in Louisiana with a population of nearly 22,000. Sulphur is referred to as “the pride of Southwest Louisiana”, drawing that slogan from citizens who take pride in their heritage.

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Sulphur is named for the sulfur mines that were operated in the area in the 1900s. In 1867, Professor Eugene W. Hilgard, an experienced geologist who was prospecting for oil and other minerals, conducted exploratory borings in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana and discovered sulfur in the caprock of a salt dome.

What can seniors see and do in Sulphur, Louisiana? The Sam Houston Jones State Park offers facilities for camping, fishing, boating and hiking. The Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is also a popular spot. Nearby attractions include De Soto National Forest, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, Sam Houston Jones State Park, W. H. Stark House and the Brimstone Museum.

Seniors Find An ‘All American Road’

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Built in 1915, the Southern Pacific Railway Depot was used extensively to ferry passengers and freight to the small sulfur mining community of Sulphur, Louisiana. The depot fell into disuse in the 1970′s, and a group of local residents began efforts to preserve the building as a piece of history.

The museum was officially signed over to the Brimstone Historical Society on December 5th of 2005. It currently has artwork on display from local artists, and other historical artifacts from the history of the town.

In 1996, the City of Sulphur received a National Scenic Byway Designation “Gateway to the Creole Nature Trail”. Seniors can enjoy this All American Road, a driving & walking tour through the marshlands and beaches of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes.

Seniors Take In ‘Old Time Country’ Fair

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The 86th annual Cal-Cam Fair is a fall tradition and one of the few remaining ‘Old Time Country’ fairs in the state, where almost anything baked, grown or crafted can be entered, judged and awarded prizes. Carlyss Bon Ton Festival draws visitors from throughout the state and the nation.

Christmas Under the Oaks Festival and Heritage Days Festival are both great times to play in Sulphur. Each Christmas, Sulphur also hosts the Kiwanis Christmas Balloons Parade, which is the only balloons parade in Louisiana.

Sulphur is brimming with youth sports every summer. SPAR Water Park offers seniors and their grandkids a large child-friendly splash and play island, splash pad, lazy river, lagoon pool, inner-tube only Raging River, Parrot Island play area, a body slide and four tube slides.  

So while you are cruising down south, set your GPS for Sulphur and enjoy! -jeb

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