In 1890, Sol Wright, purchased 320 acres of land in Crowley, Louisiana. He made the move from the mid-west to a tract of land down south that would later become Crystal Rice Plantation. Since Sol was a self-taught man of nature, growing wheat, training horses and keeping bees, he adapted well to growing rice. Even though he turned a profit on his first crop, soon realized that the current imported seed rice from Japan and Honduras was not well suited to this area. Sol's next challenge, a seed rice that would produce in the field and hold up in the milling process. He seemed to be on a mission to turn around a struggling industry not only to profit for himself but to help others as well. Using natural selection and cross-pollination, with the help of his bees, he labored for 12 seasons with patience and determination. At last, in 1912 his hard work paid off. Laying before him in his study were the grains of crystal rice he had sought to achieve. Now, finding a name for such a rice would be difficult. One evening while Sol was trying to think of a name, Laura, his wife, stood at the top of the stairs and called, "Sol, you just as well come on to bed, as it is getting late and searching for a name for your rice is like looking for a blue rose. "Blue Rose it shall be !!" exclaimed Sol. Following Blue Rose, Sol went on to develop new varieties in long, medium and short grain rice. Newspaper and magazine articles poured in as word of his new developments spread. It is reported that over 70% of the rice planted in the U.S. from 1912 through 1940 were varieties developed by Sol. To highlight his accomplishments, Sol would be honored in 1927 as the first king of the Rice Carnival in Crowley. With him stood his daughter, Edith the first queen. Salmon Lusk Wright "Sol" lived to be 77 years of age. He died of a heart attack in front of his home on February 9th, 1929. His good friend, W.W. Duson, whose advertisement convinced Sol to move to Louisiana, gave the eulogy at his funeral. Sol's life story would later be fictionalized in the novel "Blue Camellia" by Francis Parkinson Keyes. A more detailed article of Sol's history is also contained in the Acadia Parish history book volume II written by Mary Alice Fontenot.