La Barge, WY


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La Barge is a town in Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 431 at the 2000 census. It is about 20 miles from Big Piney, Wyoming. The area around La Barge is rich in oil fields, and the town has three bars and four churches.
The town is named for Joseph Marie La Barge, a French-Canadian voyageur turned fur trapper, mountain man, and steamboat operator. He was born in L'Assomption, Quebec, on 4 July 1787, and came to the U.S. in 1808 canoeing to St. Louis, Missouri, where he met married a woman of Spanish and French descent, Eulalie Becquette Alvarez-Hortiz. His trapping days began at Cabanne's Trading Post in Nebraska Territory, and continued throughout the West during the 1830s and 1840s after his children were born.
La Barge was granted U.S. citizenship for his service during the war of 1812. He lived a long life until 20 January 1860 when he slipped on some ice and died from his injuries a few days later.