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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(2/20/2017) Please be advised that the deadline for submitting applications and/or resumes for the Town Supervisor position is Friday, February 24, 2017. We will begin the interviewing process on Monday, February 27, 2017. All applicants will be called in for an interv...

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(2/20/2017) The automated meter reading system is moving along nicely. WMS is near completion of installing all of the new water meters. The gas meter change outs will be next. Some of you are asking "how" to get a reading from the new water meters. The following instr...

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(2/8/2017) The Town of Port Barre is accepting applications for a full-time Town Superintendent/Supervisor. Qualifications and/or requirements are as follows: must be 18 years of age or older, possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent and valid driver’s li...