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History of Kinder Louisiana

Kinder, Louisiana is a town with a colorful history, steeped in tradition and legend. Though the town of Kinder was not officially founded until the mid-1980s, there had been settlers living in the area since the early 1800s. The story goes that in 1839, William Wright and his wife sold their home near Alexandria, Louisiana and set out for Texas on a mule-driven wagon. Their infant son James died along the way and was buried beside the trail they were traveling. They soon returned to Louisiana and settled on land near the grave of their baby boy.

The locale became known as “Stick Corners” after some travelers who stopped at Wright's home to spend the night. Before retiring for the evening, they stuck their guns in a corner of the room. In those days it wasn't wise to go to bed with your weapons too far away if you were traveling alone. This area eventually became known as Kinder after a settler named Cajun Billie Kinder moved there around 1890 and began breeding horses.

In 1904, Sanders sold his holdings to the Louisiana and Western Railroad. The company established a town site and named it "Kinder" after Henry Kinder, a railway official who was instrumental in securing the railroad's route through Allen Parish.

In 1907, Kinder became an incorporated community. The town grew rapidly because of the timber industry and railroad traffic. By 1910, Kinder had two banks, four lumber companies and many other businesses.

Kinder developed as a railroad center for southwestern Louisiana until the early 1960s when highways were constructed to provide easier access to many of the towns formerly served by railroads. By 1965, both passenger and freight traffic on the railroad diminished considerably.

In October of 1985, Pat Brister, then mayor of St. Tammany Parish, announced that an unincorporated village in her parish would be incorporated as Kinder.

Landmarks near Kinder Louisiana

The Kinder Country Music Museum is a museum in Kinder, Louisiana. The museum features a variety of musical instruments and memorabilia, including a harp and violin owned by Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee.

Located near the Kinder exit off Interstate 10, the museum is a welcome resting spot for travelers on the long journey through the state.

The museum is located at Exit 44 off I-10 behind the L'Auberge Casino Resort in Kinder.

The facility was built in 1995 as part of L'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Resort and was previously known as the Cajun Hall of Fame & Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center. The facility housed photos, artifacts and exhibits about famous people from southwest Louisiana, as well as information about the area's wetlands and wildlife.

In 2014, with plans to expand its casino, Isle of Capri Casinos announced it planned to sell the cultural center building to other regional attractions that would be more compatible with its business plans.

In 2015, the building was purchased by local businessman Bryan Beach and developer Jeff Jenkins. Beach and Jenkins are partners in BeachJenkins Architecture Firm who have designed casinos across the country including L'Auberge du Lac

How to get to Kinder Louisiana

Kinder, Louisiana is a small town of around 2,000 people located in the southern part of the state. The town is about 40 miles south of Interstate 10, and about 20 miles north of Lake Charles.

Getting to Kinder is easy if you have a car. From Interstate 10, take exit 44, then head north on U.S. 165 for about 15 miles. From Lake Charles, take Interstate 210 west to U.S. 165 south into Kinder.

Kinder is also connected by rail to New Orleans in the east and Los Angeles in the west via Amtrak's Sunset Limited line. The Sunset Limited stops at the Kinder Train Station on North Airport Road just outside of town.