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The Louisiana state capital is Baton Rouge.
The population of Anacoco is approximately 823 (1990), 869 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 328 (1990), 337 (2010).
The amount of land area in Anacoco is 7.999 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Anacoco to Washington DC is 1088 miles.
The distance to the Louisiana state capital is 144 miles. (as the crow flies)
Anacoco is positioned 31.25 degrees north of the equator and 93.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in north central Vernon Parish, approximately 8 miles north of Leesville, Louisiana, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 171 and Louisiana State Highway 111.
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moderate. Here is a weather map for the area.
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Anacoco may have been named for the "muddy sands" of present-day Anacoco Creek which was known as "Bayou Lan Anacoco" in earlier years. The Caddo Indians name of "Lan'Acoco," or "L'Anacoco," translate broadly to muddy sands.

First to come to the area was the family of Rev. Jonathan Franklin with a wife and six sons. This was in 1834. It wasn't until 28 September 1875 that a post office was established. The first postmaster was Mr. John I. Kirk. Another post office called "Orange" was opened in 1898. Both post offices were combined on 21 October 1911 with the new combined post office retaining the name of Anacoco.

The name of "Orange" was a prominant one for the area. Some say it was after the House of Orange in honor of the Royal Dutch family. In 1913, one map listed Anacoco as Orangeville. To avoid confusion with Orange Texas, Orangeville was changed to Anacoco early in the 20th century.
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