Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana

About Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana

Map showing location of Monroe and West Monroe in Louisiana (courtesy of Google Maps)Map showing location of Monroe and West Monroe in Louisiana (courtesy of Google Maps)

Monroe is the largest city in Northeast Louisiana, and is the home to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and situated on Interstate Highway I-20.

To the west, across the Ouachita River, is the city of West Monroe.

Monroe has a population of about 53,000, while neighboring West Monroe across the river is home to about 13,500 residents.

Monroe Area Attractions

Monroe is the location of the widely known and respected Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens features the family home built by Joe Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola.

Monroe's Selman Field was where Delta Air Lines was founded ... learn more by visiting at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum of Louisiana.

West Monroe's Antique Alley offers more than 5 blocks with over 50 stores full of antiques, furniture, home decor, jewelry, clothing and much more.

Ouachita River at downtown Monroe, LouisianaOuachita River at downtown Monroe, Louisiana

Monroe and West Monroe also have a number of other art galleries, museums and antique stores worth experiencing.

University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)

ULM opened in 1931 as Ouachita Parish Junior College, and three years later it became the Northeast Center of Louisiana State University.

Its name changed again in 1949, to Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University. A year later, it offered its first four-year degrees as Northeast Louisiana State College.

In 1969, when it began to grant its first doctoral degrees, the name of the institution was changed to Northeast Louisiana University (NLU).

University of Louisiana at MonroeUniversity of Louisiana at Monroe
(Photo courtesy of ULM)

In 1999 the name was changed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). Today, the enrollment approaches 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Duck Dynasty on the A&E Network

A&E Network has launched a new hit TV showed called "Duck Dynasty", which premiered in March of 2012. The show is filmed at locations throughout West Monroe and Ouachita Parish.

The show features the Robertsons, a close-knit, church-going Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while maintaining their family values and lifestyle.

Season 9 of Duck Dynasty premieres on January 13, 2016 on A&E and will air its 100th episode on February 17, 2016.


The men on the show sport their signature "ZZ Top" beards, and are usually seen wearing camouflage outfits when shooting the scenes for the show.

Duck Dynasty on the A&E Network: Fear the Beards!
Photo courtesy of the A&E Network

A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by manufacturing high quality duck calls and duck decoys out of salvaged swamp wood.

The company dates back to the 1970s, and is located in West Monroe.

The company was organized in the 1970s by Phil Robertson, and is located at 117 Kings Lane, off Thomas Road in West Monroe. Phone 318.387.0588. It is about five blocks south of I-20.

Today, the Duck Commander offices and gift store have become a popular tourist attraction. Many people traveling on nearby Interstate highway I-20 stop at the store to shop for gifts and souvenirs, and to have their picture taken! The gift shop has a variety of items for sale, including T-shirts, caps, apparel, duck calls, posters, cook books, DVDs, and more.

Duck Commander and Buck Commander Offices and Store, West Monroe, Louisiana
Duck Commander and Buck Commander Offices and Store, West Monroe, Louisiana

The show is being produced for A&E Networks by Gurney Productions.

Read more about "Duck Dynasty":
cast of characters, episode listings, videos, more!


Monroe Regional Airport

Monroe Regional Airport (MLU), the original home of Delta Airlines, is served by the following air carriers:

  • Delta Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines with flights to/from Atlanta
  • Continental Airlines and Colgan Air with flights to/from George Bush Airport in Houston
  • Northwest Airlines and Mesaba Airlines with flights to/from Memphis International
  • American Airlines with flights to/from Dallas-Fort Worth DFW Airport

The airport provides commercial and cargo service for Ouachita parish, the surrounding 13-parish region, and extends service into Arkansas and Mississippi.

A new terminal at the Monroe Regional Airport was opened in late 2011. Construction on the $36 million three building terminal began in August 2009. Among the many features of the new airport are four loading bridges to protect passengers from the elements when boarding planes.

The airport is located four miles east of the City of Monroe, with easy access via Interstate 20 (Exit 120) and State Hwy 80 (Kansas Lane). The physical address of the airport is 400 Lea Joyner Expressway, Monroe, LA 71210, and at phone number (318) 329 2218.

During World War II, the Army Air Corps operated a navigation training school in Monroe at Selman Field. The field was named in honor of Lieutenant Augustus James Selman, a United States Navy Aviator, born in Monroe, who died in the line of duty in 1921.

The History of Monroe and Ouachita Parish

Monroe traces its long and storied history to the Ouachita River, and the steamboat era.

Today, Monroe features many reminders of yesteryear, from retro motels on historic U.S. 80, to the classic architecture of its bank buildings downtown near the Ouachita River, to fine homes along Bayou Desiard, and a variety of museums and historical sites.

It is also the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, established on March 31, 1807 and later split into nine parishes. The parish is named after the local indian tribe.

Settlements in the area began when Don Juan Filhiol was sent to establish Spanish Fort Miro on the Ouachita River.

Fort Miro later became "Monroe" in May of 1819 to honor President James Monroe and the first steamboat to travel up the Ouachita to North Louisiana.

Map of the Monroe and West Monroe Area


Area Cities and Towns in Northeast Louisiana

Area communities include Ruston, Farmerville, Rayville, Sterlington, Bastrop, and Columbia.

Vintage Postcards of Monroe from the Louisiana Postcard Collection

Aerial View of Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana

Aerial View of Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana

Bridge over Ouachita River on U.S. Highway 80, connecting Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana

Bridge over Ouachita River on U.S. Highway 80, connecting Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana

Neville High School

600 Forsythe Avenue
Monroe, Louisiana

Established 1931

On the National Register of Historic Places

Mascot: Tigers

School Colors: Black & Gold

Neville High School, Monroe, Louisiana

Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University

Today known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University

Holiday Inn

Monroe, Louisiana

Holiday Inn in Monroe, Louisiana

Travel Lodge

401 Grammont Street
Monroe, Louisiana

Travel Lodge located in Monroe Louisiana at 401 Grammont Street