Cross the Sabine River from Texas using the old Deweyville Swing Bridge and you’ll find yourself in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. This area is just a short drive from major cities like Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas, but worlds away from the annoyances of city life. In fact, you might feel like you’ve stepped back into a simpler time. The history of this part of western Louisiana dates all the way back to the 1800s and is evident in the historically preserved buildings that line the streets winding around the Calcasieu River. But most of this area is open land ready to become whatever you envision: your primary residence; a country vacation home; a dairy farm or a homestead that keeps your family self sufficient. These are the kinds of simple pleasures that money can’t buy, and country life in Calcasieu Parish is full of them. Families gather on the riverbank to observe our beautiful wildlife, fish for a special dinner or just enjoy the breeze coming off the water on a summer day.