Taft, Louisiana

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Taft
Taft is located in Louisiana
Taft
Taft
Location of Taft in Louisiana
Coordinates: 29°59′29″N 90°26′53″W / 29.99139°N 90.44806°W / 29.99139; -90.44806Coordinates: 29°59′29″N 90°26′53″W / 29.99139°N 90.44806°W / 29.99139; -90.44806
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishSt. Charles
Area
 • Total2.0 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Land1.7 sq mi (4 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation
13 ft (4 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total0
 • Density0.0/sq mi (0.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)985

Taft is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, United States, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. According to the 2000 census, Taft had a total population of zero.

History[edit]

Taft is the location of a phosphate mining facility owned by IMC-Agrico, the Union Carbide Taft/Star Petrochemical Plant, which produces a variety of organic chemicals such as acrolein, Acrylic acid, and acetaldehyde, and part of the Waterford Nuclear Generating Station owned by Entergy Corporation.

Taft was the original site of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, which served Taft, Killona and Hahnville. The church was built in 1877, and in 1963, it moved to Hahnville. The cemetery is still in Taft and is still used as a burial ground by the church.

Population was 700 when the first post office opened in 1905,which remained in operation until 1967. By 1977, only 36 people lived in Taft.[1]

A major explosion occurred at Union Carbide facility about 30 miles from New Orleans in December 1982 causing somewhere under 17,000 people to evacuate.[2][3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is water. The CDP is located on the Mississippi River.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were no people living in the CDP.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town Histories | St. Charles Parish, LA". www.stcharlesparish-la.gov. L'Observateur. January 2000. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  2. ^ "EVACUATION BEHAVIOR: CASE STUDY OF THE TAFT, LOUISIANA CHEMICAL TANK EXPLOSION INCIDENT" (PDF). Columbus, Ohio: Defense Technical Information Center. May 1983.
  3. ^ Marcus, Frances (1982-12-12). "20,000 FLEE LOUISIANA AREA AFTER CHEMICAL PLANT BLAST (Published 1982)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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