West Monroe Louisiana home of Duck Commander and holds some surprises for visitors. As you learn more about West Monroe and the lazy river it sits beside, it comes clear why Phil Robertson began his business here in 1972 and his family stay close to the small community.
West Monroe which is a suburb of Monroe and is located in Ouachita Parish Louisiana. It is on the Ouachita River and is across from Monroe LA. The cities are often called the Twin Cities of northeast Louisiana.
It is a comfortable community with the mayor, Dave Norris has served since July 1, 1978 and has run unopposed for a tenth term in 2014.
When thinking of W. Monroe with a population of 13,250 from the 2000 consensus, you may have the feeling that feel that there would only be on ‘mover and shaker’ there. But West Monroe have offered to the country- indeed the world many people. Milburn E. Calhoun publisher of the Pelican Book Publishing Company. Marcus R. Clark, Louisiana Supreme Court justice. Nephew of Phil and Si Robertson, Zach Dasher was a candidate for the 5th congressional district in Louisiana.
The list of entertainers begins with Chris Elrod a Christian comedian and writer, Bruce Fowler, opera singer and Andy Griggs, country singer- and not to be left out space shuttle pilot James D. Halsell. The eight time GMA Dove Award winners gospel singing group The Hemphills. Ricky Minor, music director, composer and music producer. Webb Pierce County Music Hall of Famer.
As for sports, Bradie James linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys transferred to West Monroe High School. Cassidy Wiley Norris, III a professional wrestler for the WWE and TNA. Bill Russell basketball player who is the center for the Boston Celtics. Andrew Whitworth Offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Phil Robertson was a star football player and was in the process of being drafted into the NFL when he found out that football season would inhibit his time to go hunting.
Monroe is clean, vibrate and growing
With the influx of tourists dropping off at the Duck Commander as well as the 70-100 television team that comes to town to film has caused some issues for the small municipality. While there are some great strides in green spaces, parks and Antique Alley, and signage to area attractions, there are some needs that need to be addressed to “enhance quality of life” Mayor Dave Norris confirms.
There is a problem with brown water and the need to renovate certain water wells. There is limited shopping for clothing and as most towns, traffic congestion. The city was ill prepared to handle the popularity of Duck Commander and the TV show it propagated. Thomas Road is heavily traveled for visitors who come to take the tour of the duck calling warehouse.
And through all these issues the Monroe is clean, vibrate and growing. It has a small town atmosphere and yet has the amenities and features of a larger city- according to a report from consultants.
It is easy to see why the Robertson’s call West Monroe LA, is called home. Good land, good hunting, fishing on the Ouachita River, friendly neighbors and a growing community which they have all had a hand in helping to bring tourism and a cash flow to their home.
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