Town of Port Barre: Birthplace of Teche

The early development of Port Barre is credited to its locations along the "highway of the time," Bayou Courtableau.  Starting out as a steamboat landing, the town refused to die when that era ended.  Capitalizing on its vast timber resources, Port Barre then became a saw milll town which further developed with the coming of the railroads.  The discovery of oil in the Hazelwood field in 1928 gave a welcomed boost to the economy and brought in many new families and businesses to the town.  The opening of Route 7 (Highway 190) through the town, and the town's location along the major highway to Baton Rouge, opened many doors of opportunity for further growth.

Throughout its history, Port Barre has continued to grow despite the devastation of the Civil War, the 1927 and 1953 floods, and the fires of 1928 and 1931.  Today, Port Barre is a modern municipality comprised of individuals who take pride in the perseverance of their forefathers and continue in the tradition of providing a prosperous future for their children.
 
*This excerpt taken from the book "The History of PORT BARRE (1765-1950)" by Cheryl Bihm Myers.
 
 

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THE MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL MEET ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT THE HOUR OF 6:00 P.M. IN THE MEETING ROOM LOCATED IN THE PORT BARRE TOWN HALL, 504 SAIZAN AVENUE, PORT BARRE, LA 70577 THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIME FOR THE YEAR 2017 MONTHLY ME...

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FOOD FOR SENIORS

FOOD FOR SENIORS IS SPONSORED THROUGH THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY AND IS DISTRIBUTED MONTHLY AT THE PORT BARRE COMMUNITY CENTER LOCATED AT 122 PARK STREET IN PORT BARRE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT CAA AT 337-948-3651.  ...

Crafts and other activities "free" to children ages 7-13, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. each day.  This program is being held in the rear entrance of the Port Barre Community Center, next to Veteran...

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