Pineville has a deep history of military education. The original Louisiana State University was located here, and cadets were able to enjoy the benefit of a four-year degree before they were enlisted in the war efforts. That campus has since shut down, but the Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College has been operating in its stead for more than 100 years. This private institution serves more than 1,300 students with degrees in anything from arts and music, to science and business. They have been developing young minds for more than a century and will continue to do so for centuries to come.
The Louisiana Maneuve
Picture 400,000 troops marching more than 3,400 miles across the southern part of Louisiana, all in preparation for a massive war on a global scale. It might sound impossible, but that is exactly what they did in the early 1940s to get ready for World War II when it looked like the United States was inevitably going to get involved. Today, there is a unique and historic museum that describes in great detail these maneuvers and what it looked like to have 400,000 troops sleeping in homes across Louisiana while they carried on a fictional war. It is quite a sight to see.
Pineville is a great little town to live in, and there is plenty to keep you occupied on the weekends, but when you get a little stir crazy in the city and the call of the outdoors is beckoning you, your options are endless. The citizens here are lucky enough to have not one, but two sprawling wildlife areas to the north and south. Camp Beauregard was originally a military installation that is now a wildlife management area. To the south, you have Kincaid Lake Recreation Area, which is perfect for a day on a boat or fishing in the cool clean waters.