Campti, Louisiana

town in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States

Campti is a small town in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 887 at the 2020 census.[2] 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.

Campti, Louisiana
Town of Campti
Natchitoches Parish Library off Hwy 71/84
Natchitoches Parish Library off Hwy 71/84
Interactive map of Campti
Coordinates: 31°53′44″N 93°06′50″W / 31.89556°N 93.11389°W / 31.89556; -93.11389
Country United States
State Louisiana
Founded1745; 279 years ago (1745)
Incorporated as a village1857; 167 years ago (1857)
 • Total1.04 sq mi (2.70 km2)
 • Land1.04 sq mi (2.70 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
128 ft (39 m)
 • Total887
 • Density851.25/sq mi (328.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code318
FIPS code22-12280

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 African American in enrollment,[3] 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.[4]

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  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Campti town, Louisiana". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  3. "Lakeview Junior/Senior High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 9, 2024.
  4. John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 359