Jefferson Davis Parish
Louisiana's oil industry started in Jefferson Davis Parish in 1901 when the state's first successful oil well began producing here. A replica of that first derrick stands today at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Park, a visitor's center near the city of Jennings. However black gold isn't the only natural resource to enrich the parish, Rice farming added to the economic foundation that built dense downtowns in Jennings and Welsh, where restored historic districts now flourish. Jennings also has a diverse array of museums, including the renowned Zigler Museum with its world-class art collection. Cajun heritage is proudly on display in local restaurants and galleries and on stage at dancehalls and festivals across the area, while outdoor recreation is always close at hand. The Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, near Lake Arthur, is strategically located along two migratory bird flyways and is open for fishing, birding, camping, hiking and limited hunting.