Robert is an unincorporated community in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies east of Hammond, at the intersection of US 190 and LA 445, from which it has a signed exit on Interstate 12. Robert is the largest settlement in Tangipahoa Parish's rural 8th ward.
The community, which has 20 streets and one stoplight, was thrust into the international spotlight when the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command was established at the Shell Robert Training and Conference Center to coordinate response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Robert is home to diverse employers:
- Regina Coeli Child Development Center oversees Head Start programs in six of Louisiana's civil parishes.
- Walmart has a large distribution center east of Robert on the road (US 190) to Goodbee, Louisiana.
- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park is a resort encampment near the Robert (LA 445) interchange on Interstate 12.
- Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, a rehabilitation institution for wayward youths, is physically located within Tangipahoa Parish along its boundary with Saint Tammany Parish east of Robert.
- Louisiana Renaissance Festival attracts thousands of tourists who pass through Robert annually in November en route to the festival grounds on LA 1064 (River Road).
- Louisiana State University's Agricultural Experiment Station occupies 140 acres (0.57 km2) along LA 1067 (Old Covington Highway) near the west bank of the Tangipahoa River across from Robert.
In elections during the 2000s (decade), Robert demonstrated an unusually homogeneous voting behavior. In the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Barack Obama’s Louisiana vote was 57.40 percent; in Tangipahoa Parish, Obama won a plurality of 39.81 percent; but in Robert (Tangipahoa Parish Precinct 122) Hillary Clinton beat Obama 45 to 9 (a 5:1 ratio) among 64 votes cast. With comparable pluralities Mike Huckabee carried the state and the parish over John McCain on the Republican side; but, in Robert, Huckabee won with a 59.96 percent majority (among 79 votes cast).
In the 2008 presidential election, McCain and running-mate Sarah Palin carried Louisiana and Tangipahoa Parish by comparable majorities but trounced Obama and Joe Biden in Robert with 87.54 percent.
During World War II a 15,216-acre (61.58 km2) tract northeast of Robert served as the Hammond Bombing and Gunnery Range. As late as 2009 the 300 property owners in the tract were still under legal obligation to disclose the potential for unexploded ordnance. "[R]esidents cannot do as they wish with their properties . . . [but] have a moral obligation to reveal that it was a bombing range during a sale" according to Bruce Harrell CPA.
- Or west of Goodbee, Louisiana, which is in Saint Tammany Parish. On LA 445 Robert is 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Sims Creek; on US 190 Robert is 1-mile (1.6 km) east of the Tangipahoa River.
- http://www.wafb.com/global/story.asp?s=12407499; cf. Brian Hartman, "No Press Allowed? ABC Reporter Turned Away from Oil Spill Command Center" on ABC World News, 2010 May 11 (accessed 2010 May 30).
- Regina Coeli invites public to open house in The Daily Star (Hammond), 2009 October 20.
- Walmart Distribution Center Robert.
- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park.
- Florida Parishes JDC site.
- Louisiana Renaissance Festival site, LRF on Faires.com.
- LSU Hammond AgCenter site.
- Louisiana Secretary of State Democratic results; Tangipahoa Democratic results; Robert (Tangipahoa Precinct 122) Democratic results.
- Louisiana Secretary of State Republican results; Tangipahoa Republican results; Robert (Tangipahoa Precinct 122) Republican results.
- In the November presidential election the Obama (Democratic) vote Louisiana-wide was 39.93%; Obama’s Tangipahoa Parish vote was 33.82%; but in Robert (Tangipahoa Precinct 122) Obama received just 10.77% (sic).
- Quoted in Don Ellzey, Property owner stuck in Bombing Range: Corps surveyors search for any explosives in Daily Star (Hammond), 2009 October 29, pp. 1A, 8A (Harrell quoted on p. 1A).