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Statistics & Facts

The Louisiana state capital is Baton Rouge.
The population of Charenton is approximately 1,584 (1990), 1903 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 580 (1990), 725 (2010).
The amount of land area in Charenton is 12.137 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.39 sq kilometers.
The distance from Charenton to Washington DC is 1067 miles.
The distance to the Louisiana state capital is 47 miles. (as the crow flies)
Charenton is positioned 29.86 degrees north of the equator and 91.53 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Father Stephen Theodore Badin, the first Catholic priest ever ordained in the USA did the first baptisms in Immaculate Conception Church in Charenton in 1844. Father Badin was a missionary who evangelized an area from New York state to Louisiana. His primary focus was in the area around southern Indiana and Kentucky.

Father Badin was especially interested in the evangelization of Native Americans which is what brought him to Charenton. Badin sold the land that became the University of Notre Dame. He sold it to Father Edward Sorin and the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1842. For more information on the early religious religious history of Charenton contact
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