Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 30°10′57″N 91°23′15″W / 30.18250°N 91.38750°W / 30.18250; -91.38750
Bayou Pigeon
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Iberville
Coordinates 30°10′57″N 91°23′15″W / 30.18250°N 91.38750°W / 30.18250; -91.38750
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Location of Bayou Pigeon in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Bayou Pigeon is a small unincorporated community Cajun village located near the southern extremities of Iberville Parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The hamlet is primarily composed of fishermen and plant workers. A great majority of the village's population are of Cajun descent.

History[edit]

Many of the residents trace their lineage back to Pierre Part, a town in nearby Assumption Parish. Cajun French can still be heard in most of the older residents' homes. Some use Cajun French as their sole language.

Geography[edit]

It is bordered by the Atchafalaya Basin on the west, Louisiana Highway 404 to the north, White Castle Canal on the east, and Iberia Parish to the south.

The main thoroughfare is Louisiana Highway 75. There is one bridge across the Grand River near the Catholic Church. It was erected in 1957. An interesting note, Hwy. 75 terminates on the east bank of the Grand River in Bayou Pigeon at a location dubbed "The End of the World."

Demographics[edit]

Catholicism is the predominant faith, and the only church is St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Despite the predominance of Roman Catholicism, there was a Southern Baptist congregation in the village from the 1960s to the late 1980s, known as Bayou Pigeon Baptist Church and led by Rev. George W. Ray (1912–1992).

Media[edit]

The village was also featured on the Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs" in an episode profiling the work of a local crawfisher, and also on the History Channel show "Swamp People". It is also featured in Country Music Television's Swamp Pawn show.

Education[edit]

Iberville Parish Library operates the Bayou Pigeon Branch.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "to the Library Catalog." Iberville Parish Library. Retrieved on January 29, 2011.