A message from Mark A. 'Tony' Gulotta
Mayor - City of Plaquemine, Louisiana
On behalf of City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen and I, we wish to welcome you to the City of Plaquemine, located in Iberville Parish. As Mayor, I extend an :'open door' policy to you and encourage you to meet your Board of Selectmen and other local representatives.
Plaquemine - known as the City of Hospitality, as we are extremely proud of our heritage and southern hospitality and know that you will enjoy our diverse city which is nestled on pre-historic Bayou Plaquemine, a tributary of the mighty Mississippi River. The earliest map shows Plaquemine as a settlement in 1775. The Chitimacha Indians were living here when Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur de Iberville arrived in 1699 and claimed all of Louisiana for King Louis XIV of France. It took its name from then Indian word Plakemine, which means persimmons. The city became the seat of parish government in 1835 and was incorporated in 1838.
Located on a section of the Lower Mississippi River which was recently named as a National Heritage River, Plaquemine and Bayou Plaquemine are listed on the Louisiana Scenic Byways. Plaquemine became an important trading center as Bayou Plaquemine served as a natural waterway to the western interior of Louisiana. It served as a transportation route of agriculture, lumber, fishing, oil and gas industries of the area during the early 19th century. Plaquemine is bordered by the Mississippi River and Bayou Plaquemine and adjacent to the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.
Entering the new millennium, a new day of progress and activities has begun in the revitalizing development of our community. Plaquemine downtown historic district consists of 120 residential and business buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown revitalization and business development is promoted through the Plaquemine Main Street Program since 1993. Plaquemine Depot Market, under the Main Street Program, features a market of arts, crafts, auctions and year-round cultural activities which highlight local history and activities is located in the 1925 Union Pacific Railroad Depot located downtown.
Iberville Museum, located in the Plaquemine Historic District, houses the former Iberville Parish Courthouse (c. 1848) and served as City Hall from 1906 - 1985 is now open with a varied display of historic artifacts, adjacent to the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site.
The once vacant former public high school built during the W.P.A. Program in 1931 was renamed as City of Plaquemine Activity Center (COPAC) in year 1996. This facility can be rented for various forms of recreational activities and events, making it a place to strengthen brotherhood and fellowship.
In 1997, the City annexed its first new subdivision in 20 years - The Island Country Club development of 400 acres between Bayou Plaquemine and Bayou Jacob. It is listed on the Audubon Golf Trail, adjacent to the Plaquemine Historic District, next to Louisiana Highway One.
Year 2006 was marked with the opening of the city’s public park fronting historic Bayou Plaquemine, adjacent to Plaquemine Locks State Historic Site along La. Highway One. The Bayou Waterfront Park, on 2.8 acres, features lighted walkways, picnic areas, boardwalk and floating fishing piers, and breath-taking scenic overlooks.
Year 2008 will include the new addition of a Skate Board Park Area, located at Plaquemine City Park on Belleview Road. Next year, the Water Spray Park Area will be completed.
We welcome your stay in Plaquemine as many new developments are in the works!"