Buras in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Bayou Mardi Gras
Across the Mississippi River from this marker is historic Bayou Mardi Gras, oldest place-name of other than Indian origin in the whole vast Mississippi River Valley *** On Tuesday 3 March 1699 Pierre le Moyne, Sieur D'Iberville, with his companions camped where the bayou- then 135 feet wide- entered the river. The day being the pre-Lenten holiday called Mardi Gras, he gave that name to both bayou and adjoining point of land *** The name, Bayou Mardi Gras ultimately disappeared from maps. It was replaced by "Bayou Plaquemine," and by "Fort Bayou" because of the proximity of Fort St. Philip (established by the Spanish in 1795) and of Plaquemine Point *** Meeting 28 January 1971, the Plaquemines Parish Commission Council officially restored the rightful designation, to be borne by that bayou forevermore, Bayou Mardi Gras.
Plaque erected by
Plaquemines Parish Commission Council
Chalin O. Perez - President
Clarence T. Kimble - Vice President
Luke A. Petrovich
Howard H. Wilgox, Jr.
Chester A. Wooten
E. La France - Secretary
For research and cooperation, the council is grateful
John Chase, Charles L. Dufour, Ray Samuel, and Maurice Ries
Erected 1971 by Plaquemines Parish Commission Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 3, 1699.
Location. 29° 21.436′ N, 89° 27.409′ W. Marker is in Buras, Louisiana, in Plaquemines Parish. Marker can be reached from Herbert Harvey Drive, half a mile south of State Highway 23, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buras LA 70041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bayou Mardi Gras (here, next to this marker); Eads Jetties (here, next to this marker); Fort Jackson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plaquemines Parish (approx. 0.8 miles away); The 1893 Hurricane (approx. 0.8 miles away).
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Fort Jackson Historic Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 192 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.