Miles J. Brashier | 10/3/2005 9:23:11 PM
Nestled between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers that provide deep alluvial soils, Pointe Coupee is one of the most diverse agricultural parishes in the state. Some 165,000 acres of land are used to farm cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, corn, milo, wheat, cattle, hay, vegetables, rice, crawfish and pecans.
Agricultural production is a mainstay of the economy providing between $65 million and $70 million. Sugarcane production leads the way with $26 million followed by soybeans with $17 million. Pointe Coupee also has a rich tradition of being known for its native pecan trees, which provide $3 million to $5 million of income each year.
There are three grain elevators, one pecan shelling plant, one cotton gin, one sugar mill and several farm supply companies that add to the agricultural industry. Pointe Coupee continues to follow its roots by being a leader in agriculture throughout Louisiana.
In 1846 the town of New Roads was named parish seat when the original courthouse located on the Mississippi River burned down. New Roads is one of the oldest communities in the heart of Louisiana's "Creole Plantation Country" and is located near the Mississippi River and next to beautiful False River.
Parish county agent Miles Brashier - (click to e-mail) of the LSU AgCenter is an Extension agent specializing in commercial horticulture/lawns and gardens and also available to help with questions about corn, soybeans, grain crops and cotton. The office is on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex building at 180 East Main Street in New Roads. Visit the Pointe Coupee section of the LSU AgCenter Web site for the latest, most up-to-date and innovative information that helps to improve the lives of the people of Louisiana every day. For a list of Pointe Coupee employees and their responsibilities, click here. Phone Number: (225) 638-5533 - Fax Number (225) 638-5550.
Pointe Coupee has a diversity of cultures, better described as "Where River History and French Culture Collide." Cultures stemmed from Frenchmen, Africans and a mixture of the two, and the Créole culture was evident in their cuisine, folkways, Catholic religion, Mardi Gras and All Saints' Day celebrations, most of which are still evident in the parish today.
A distinctive dialect spoken in Pointe Coupee by all people of all social and economic backgrounds has almost diminished. The Créole patois (pat wah) dialect was found from northern Natchitoches, Louisiana, as far east as Pensacola, Florida. It dates back to early French colonial history when the native people, French-Europeans and African slaves all began to speak with one another. After the official colonization of Louisiana and the blending of the natives, Franco-Europeans and Africans, a unique language for communication emerged.
A book written by Thomas A. Klingler, states "Today, the language is limited to 3 geographical locations: sections of the Mississippi Valley known as the German Coast and the Acadian Coast between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the area around False River in Pointe Coupee Parish, and in an extensive area west of the Atchafalaya River Basin along the banks of the Bayou Teche." The book is "If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That: The Creole Language of Pointe Coupee Parish Louisiana," listed in the Louisiana State University Press in2003.
History & Recreation
Pointe Coupee has a recorded history dating to 1699, making it one of the oldest communities in the Mississippi Valley. There is evidence of permanent settlements in the 1720s. The colony was discovered by a French-Canadian, Pierre Le Moyne, and his younger brother, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne. False River (Fausse River) and Pointe Coupee (the cut point) were discovered in 1699 by these French-Canadian brothers. You can read more on exactly how and why Pointe Coupee and False River were named just that. Simply click here - courtesy of the Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Tourism.
Pointe Coupee Parish Museum and Tourism Center is along the banks of the beautiful False River, three and one-half miles from New Roads on LA Highway 1, and only a few minutes from US Highway 190. Visitors are encouraged to visit and read more on the vast history of Pointe Coupee. You can also visit this Web site for more information: Historical Places of Interest .
Mardi Gras New Roads Style! Otherwise known as the "Little Carnival Capital of the World," the parish seat hosts the oldest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans, gathering tens of thousands of merrymaking family-oriented followers each year. New Roads’ parades include glittering royalty, whose identity remains a secret until parade day, and quality trinkets or “throws" as they are known. Come on down to New Roads for the celebration. The festivities include live music, midway rides, street maskers, a wide variety of local cuisine and the Lions Club’s annual $1,000 cash raffle. Read more on Mardi Gras in Pointe Coupee here! "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" —"Let the good times roll!"
Bordered on three sides by inland waterways, Old River, the Atchafalaya River and the Mississippi River, Pointe Coupee Parish is best known for its sparkling water and outdoor recreational activities. Because Pointe Coupee has over 15,000 acres of water within the parish, for that reason alone we enjoy boating, fishing, aquatic sports and the lapping sounds of the lakes and rivers. Our parish offers a host of other community-oriented events such as fairs, farmers' markets, tours , patriotic observances and Christmas festivities. Click here for times and dates if you are interested in attending some of out festivities and events. We are also a sportsmen's paradise, including hunters and anglers.
Come taste the cuisine, see the old gardens and antebellum plantation homes of the South, visit our historic buildings, drive our scenic highways, or just enjoy the day boating and fishing on our sparkling waterways. Pointe Coupee has something for everyone, Viva La Pointe Coupee!
Population, Communities & Towns
Estimated population in 2004 was 22,537. This was a decrease of -.99 percent from the 2000 census. There are four incorporated communities: Fordoche, Livonia, Morganza and New Roads. Unincorporated areas of interest in the parish include: Chenal, Glynn, Labarre, Oscar, Batchelor,Valverda, Waterloo, Lettsworth, Jarreau, Innis, Ventress, Rougon, Lakeland, Blanks, Torbert, Frisco, Lottie, Legonier, Lakeland, Labarre, Rougon.
There are seven public schools and three non-public schools.
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