Butte La Rose, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 30°16′40″N 91°41′12″W / 30.27778°N 91.68667°W / 30.27778; -91.68667
Butte La Rose
Settlement
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Martin
Coordinates 30°16′40″N 91°41′12″W / 30.27778°N 91.68667°W / 30.27778; -91.68667
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Location of New Iberia in Louisiana
Fort Butte La Rose, Louisiana in 1863

Butte La Rose (also known as Butte-à-la-Rose) is an unincorporated community in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States.

History[edit]

The community is located on a high point where the Atchafalaya River makes a sharp bend and divides into the Little Atchafalaya River to the South and the Upper Grand River to the North.

Some[who?] claim an old Indian, Celestin Rose, who resided at one time in Grand Bois said that the butte was named after one of his ancestors, "a famous Chitimacha Indian". Another version is that following the French Revolution, some royalists made the butte their home and named it Rose in memory of the flower which was the symbol of their fallen society.[1]

During the U.S. Civil War, the Union Army capture of Fort Burton at Butte a la Rose took place on April 20, 1863.[2]

In the 21st century, the area is known for its wilderness campgrounds [3] and the Atchafalaya Welcome Center.[4]

As of May 13, 2011, the area expects to flood due to the Army Corps of Engineers opening the Morganza Spillway, in order to divert flood water from more populous areas such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans.[5]

Community[edit]

In 2011 Ed Lavandera of CNN said that Butte La Rose was "home to an eclectic collection of Cajuns who've come to this hideaway for generations to drift through the hidden waters catching crawfish."[5] As of 2011 about 800 houses were located in the community. Many members of the community referred to their houses as "camps".

Education[edit]

Residents are zoned to the St. Martin Parish School Board.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acadian-Home website
  2. ^ Maygarden, Benjamin D.; Jill-Karen Yakubik (1999). "Bayou Chene: The Life Story of an Atchafalaya Basin Community" (PDF). U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Campgrounds"
  4. ^ dnr.louisiana.gov "Atchafalaya Basin Program"
  5. ^ a b Lavandera, Ed. "For Louisiana town, a collective gasp as it braces for floodwaters." CNN. May 13, 2011; retrieved May 13, 2011

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