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La Barge is a town in Lincoln Countymarker, Wyomingmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 431 at the 2000 census. It is about 20 miles from Big Piney, Wyomingmarker. The area around La Barge is rich in oil fields, and the town has three bars and four churches.


La Barge is located at (42.261139, -110.196974) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.33%) is water.


As of the census of 2000 , 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/sq mi (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.


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, Quebecmarker, on 4 July 1787, and came to the U.S. in 1808 canoeing to St. Louis, Missourimarker, 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 Territorymarker, and continued throughout the West during the 1830s and 1840s after his children were born.

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.

See also


  1. (n.d.) Nebraska History RootsWeb.Com

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