Introduction to West Monroe, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana, in Ouachita county, is 1 miles W of Monroe, Louisiana and 215 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is included in the Monroe metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 13,250 people lived in West Monroe.
West Monroe History
The city of West Monroe is in Ouachita Parish. It is a part of the Monroe metro area. The city was named after James Monroe, who was one of the first European settlers in the area. Industrial development began in 1915 after natural gas was discovered. The area was once known as the 'Natural Gas Capital of the World.'
West Monroe and nearby Attractions
- Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Chennault Park
- Cheniere Lake
- Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
- Masur Museum of Art
Things To Do In West Monroe
Tourists can enjoy camping, fishing and hiking while in the city. The Chenirere Lake is also worth visiting. One can learn about the city’s history from the Biedenharn Museum and Garden. The Masur Museum of Art is another attraction that attracts several tourists.
West Monroe Transportation
Alexandria International Airport offers facilities for air transportation.
West Monroe Higher Education
One can pursue higher education at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University.