Alexandria, Louisiana

Alexandria Business Signs

Alexandria is a city lying on the south bank of the Red River, which is almost the exact geographic center of the present-day U.S. state of Louisiana.  Prior to meddling by citizens of the United States, this area had been inhabited for quite some time by the Caddo peoples.  Originally, this community supported activities of the “adjacent outpost of Post du Rapides” and provided a link from the south of the El Camino Real and Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.  Spain gave a land grant in this area to Pittsburgh businessman Alexander Fulton in 1785.  The first permanent settlement was established in the 1790s.  As for Alexandria, Louisiana itself, the city was named after those ancient cities of antiquity, which were named after Alexander the Great.  Alexandria, Louisiana was incorporated into a town in 1819 and then received a city charter in 1832.

Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Alexandria, Louisiana has a total population of 47,832 people.  This makes it the ninth most populous city in the state of Louisiana.  Unsurprisingly, Alexandria, Louisiana is considered the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area.  The Alexandria, Louisiana metropolitan area, according to that same 2016 estimate, has a total population of 153,922 people.

One of the main economic features of Alexandria, Louisiana would undoubtedly be the Port of Alexandria.  The modern Port of Alexandria, Louisiana today boasts a 40-ton off-loading crane, a 15,000-sq. ft. warehouse, a 13,600-ton bulk fertilizer warehouse, two bulk fertilizer domes, and a petroleum off-loading facility.  Elsewhere in Alexandria, Louisiana are two major hospitals: Rapides Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  A third hospital, across the Red River, the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Alexandria, is also considered a health hub for the central Louisiana area.

Alexandria, Louisiana is home to the Alexandria Museum of Art.  Interestingly, the Alexandria Museum of Art is located within the Rapides Bank and Trust Company Building, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  This former bank building, which was built in 1898, was constructed in the Renaissance architectural style.  Elsewhere in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana is the Kent Plantation House.  The Kent Plantation House, which is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is considered the oldest (still standing) structure in Central Louisiana.  It was built in 1800 by architect Pierre Baillio II in the Greek Revival and Creole styles of architecture.

Alexandria, Louisiana is also home to the Alexandria Zoological Park.  This park features 33 acres and 500 animals.  It is considered a member of the AZA and opened in 1926.  At one time, Alexandria was home to many professional sporting franchises.  However, in the past few decades these myriad franchises have dwindled down more and more.  There is one remaining sporting franchise of note located in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana, however.  This is the U-14 Crossroads Pride soccer team.  Admittedly they are not a professional franchise, but in 2012, the Pride won the Louisiana Soccer Association State Cup.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Alexandria, Louisiana area?  Have you ever, by any chance, considered the possibility of embarking upon such a noble quest?  The resources listed below could help guide you should you decide to fulfill such a dream:

Apply for a Business License in Alexandria, Louisiana:

https://www.businesslicenses.com/Licenses/LA/Rapides/Alexandria-2207900975/

How to Open a Business in the City of Alexandria, Louisiana:

https://www.cityofalexandriala.com/sites/default/files/docs/permits-licenses/How%20to%20Open%20your%20Business.pdf

The Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce:

http://www.cenlachamber.org/

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