Campti, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 31°53′44″N 93°06′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389
Campti (de Campti)
Town
Revised Union Baptist Church of Campti, LA IMG 3490.JPG
United Baptist Church of Campti dedicated its new sanctuary off Louisiana Highway 9 near Lakeview School on May 22, 2010, with Governor Bobby Jindal as the speaker.
Official name: Town Of Campti
Nickname: Camptown Cleaner City
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Natchitoches
Elevation 128 ft (39 m)
Coordinates 31°53′44″N 93°06′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389
Area 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km²)
 - land 1.0 sq mi (3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 1,057 (2000)
Density 1,080.2 /sq mi (417.1 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 71411
Area code 318
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Campti is a small town in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,057 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area. Campti is a flat area of mostly farmland. It sets on the eastern bank of the Red River. Considerable cattle are also raised in the general area.

Lakeview Junior and Senior High School, a modern consolidated school structure housing pre-kindergarten and grades nine through twelve, is located east of Campti on Louisiana Highway 9. The school is 55 percent white in enrollment,[1] but Campti itself is some 75 percent African American in population. Students from as far north as Ashland attend Lakeview.

During the American Civil War, Union General A.J. Smith, with two brigades, reached Campti to assist Admiral David Dixon Porter's trapped gunboats on the Red River there. Smith and his men burned Campti, which then contained only a few buildings and houses. The gunboats were returned safely upriver to Grand Ecore in Natchitoches Parish.[2]

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