La Barge, Wyoming

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La Barge, Wyoming
Town
Location of La Barge, Wyoming
Location of La Barge, Wyoming
Coordinates: 42°15′40″N 110°11′49″W / 42.26111°N 110.19694°W / 42.26111; -110.19694Coordinates: 42°15′40″N 110°11′49″W / 42.26111°N 110.19694°W / 42.26111; -110.19694
Country United States
State Wyoming
County Lincoln
Area[1]
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 6,594 ft (2,010 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 551
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 540
 • Density 568.0/sq mi (219.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83123
Area code(s) 307
FIPS code 56-43455[4]
GNIS feature ID 1590442[5]

La Barge is a town in Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 551 at the 2010 census. It is about 20 miles from Big Piney, Wyoming. The area around La Barge is rich in oil fields, and the town has three bars and four churches.

History[edit]

The town is named for Joseph Marie La Barge, a French-Canadian voyageur turned fur trapper, mountain man, and steamboat operator. He was born in L'Assomption, Quebec, on 4 July 1787, and came to the U.S. in 1808 canoeing to St. Louis, Missouri, where he met married a woman of Spanish and French descent, Eulalie Becquette Alvarez-Hortiz. His trapping days began at Cabanne's Trading Post in Nebraska Territory, and continued throughout the West during the 1830s and 1840s after his children were born.[6]

La Barge was granted U.S. citizenship for his service during the war of 1812. He lived a long life until 20 January 1860 when he slipped on some ice and died from his injuries a few days later.

La Barge is the father of another prominent St Louis citizen, Capt Joseph Marie La Barge, a well known steamboat Captain during the mid to late 1800s. Both are buried in Calvary Cemetery in St Louis.

Geography[edit]

La Barge is located at 42°15′40″N 110°11′49″W / 42.26111°N 110.19694°W / 42.26111; -110.19694 (42.261139, -110.196974)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), of which, 0.97 square miles (2.51 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 551 people, 233 households, and 141 families residing in the town. The population density was 568.0 inhabitants per square mile (219.3 /km2). There were 290 housing units at an average density of 299.0 per square mile (115.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.4% White, 0.4% African American, 4.4% Native American, 0.9% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.

There were 233 households of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.5% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the town was 37.8 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.9% male and 46.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000[4], there were 431 people, 168 households, and 113 families residing in the town. The population density was 494.8 people per square mile (191.3/km²). There were 234 housing units at an average density of 268.6 per square mile (103.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.06% White, 0.46% Native American, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.86% of the population.

There were 168 households out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 114.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,542, and the median income for a family was $45,179. Males had a median income of $47,222 versus $18,438 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,837. About 9.2% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public education in the town of La Barge is provided by Sublette County School District #9. Schools serving the town include La Barge Elementary School (grades K-5), Big Piney Middle School (grades 6-8), and Big Piney High School (grades 9-12).

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