Rayne, the second largest city in Acadia Parish with 8,700 inhabitants, is known as "The Frog Capital of the World." The annual Frog Festival in November attracts some 50,000 people each year. The town was laid out in 1880 when businesses from the town of Pouppeville (as spelled by the Post Office, from the name Jules Poupeville, who established a store on the location) moved their establishments about a mile to the newly established Rayne railroad station. For more information about Rayne, visit the city's official web site or contact the City of Rayne, P.O. Box 69, Rayne, Louisiana 70578 phone: (337) 334-3121; fax: (337) 334-6607, or go to the Rayne Chamber of Commerce web site.
General Information. For anyone traveling along Interstate 10, Rayne is a convenient stop for some good Cajun food. The city's murals enhance the friendly atmosphere. As noted above, Rayne offers a campground complex with facilities for camper rallies or conventions. For information about restaurants and accommodations, contact the Rayne Chamber of Commerce, or the Acadia Parish Tourist Commission.
The Bernard-Bertrand House. Visit the City of Rayne's Cultural Center housed in the home of the first Mayor of Rayne now located on the Boulevard of Banners at 1023 The Boulevard. The museum features exhibits and hosts receptions and other events. For more information, call (337) 334-8347.
An Unusual Cemetery. The old St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rayne is listed in "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" as the only known cemetery in the United States facing north and south, in contrast to the traditional east-west orientation. The most likely reason is simply that the grave-digger initially misunderstood instructions and decided the project was too far along to change the direction of the graves.
Rayne is the site of a major sports equipment manufacturing and marketing company. Other industries include cattle ranching, oil and gas service businesses, frog cultivation, shipping, and food packaging. For an economic profile and other business information, contact the Rayne Chamber of Commerce.
These pages were established and maintained by David Simpson, who retired from LSUE in 2009.