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Cankton is centrally located within a few miles of numerous notable Cajun Country cities: Church Point (synonymous with the Courir de Mardi Gras celebration), Scott (the undisputed Boudin Capital of the World), Grand Coteau (home to more than 70 historic homes) and the de facto Cajun Country capital of Lafayette.

According to legend, Cankton's unique name derives from a man named Louis Aristide Guidry, who as a boy always carried a gun and duck call when hunting in this section of St. Landry Parish. Young Guidry would let his folks know when he was on his way home by sounding his duck call — cank, cank, cank. That sound became synonymous with Guidry, earning him the nickname "Cank." It stuck with him into adulthood. As he grew up and became a doctor, the local population also grew. Later in life, as one of the town elders (if not the town elder), local residents settled on a name that honored the man whom everybody knew as "Dr. Cank."

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