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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Historical Markers

 
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February 27, 2018
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Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — American AlligatorAlligator mississippiensis
On Rookery Road east of Prairie Highway (State Highway 353), on the left when traveling east.
Cypress Island Preserve supports many alligators, including in some of the largest in Louisiana. While visiting the preserve between March and October, you may see alligators up to 10-15 feet long along the western edge of Lake Martin. Alligators . . . — Map (db m114500)
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Birthplace of Bishop Jules Jeanmard/Lieu de Naissance de L'Évêque Jules Jeanmard
On East Bridge Street (Louisiana Route 336-1).
English Side Located one block south at 123 Van Buren Street is the birthplace of the first bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Bishop Jules B. Jeanmard. Born August 15, 1879, Jeanmard belonged to St. Bernard Church where he received baptism, . . . — Map (db m129998) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Breaux Bridge/Pont-Breaux
On Main Highway (State Highway 31) south of Courthouse Street, on the right when traveling south.
English: Founded 1859. Long recognized for its culinary artistry in the preparation of crawfish. The 1958 Louisiana Legislature officially designated Breaux Bridge "La Capitale Mondiale De L'Ecrevisse" in honor of its centennial year. . . . — Map (db m125810) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Cajun Warrior
On Berard Street/Main Highway (State Highway 31) north of Courthouse Street, on the right when traveling north.
Breaux Bridge has a long, rich and proud military heritage. It has given generously to our nation of its men and women, many of whom were decorated for bravery, some achieved positions of great responsibility and unfortunately, many gave their . . . — Map (db m130189) HM WM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Legend of Bayou Teche/La Legendè Du Bayou Teche
On St. Bernard Street north of East Bridge Street.
Many, many years ago, there was a huge and venomous snake. It was so large and so long that its size was not measured in feet, but in miles. Its head was at what is now known as Morgan City and its body stretched beyond St. Martinville and Breaux . . . — Map (db m129967) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Most Rev. Jules B. Jeanmard, D.D.1879-1957
On North Main Street north of East Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north.
First native Diocesan Priest from Breaux Bridge, LA. Ordained June 10, 1903 First Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette Consecrated Dec. 8, 1918 — Map (db m130192) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Mulate's
On West Mills Avenue (State Highway 94) 0.3 miles west of Main Highway (State Highway 31), on the left when traveling west.
This world famous institution is recognized for its role in the preservation and restoration of our Cajun culture and heritage. It ranks today as one of Breaux Bridge's most prominent landmarks — Map (db m49067) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Poché'sLandmarked for the preservation of our Cajun Cuisine
On Main Highway (State Highway 31) at Poche Bridge Road, on the left when traveling west on Main Highway.
Poché's is noted for the preparation of the culinary foods, boudin and gratons. It is from the Antoine Poché family ca. 1859 that originates the name of this village, Poché Bridge. — Map (db m111729) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Pont Breaux, Louisiane(Breaux Bridge)
On Bridge Street near Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
Named for the Firmin Breaux Family

Settled by Acadians ca. 1766, Founded 1829, Incorporated 1859. — Map (db m129777) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Scholastique Picou Breaux(1796 - 1846)
On Berard Street (State Highway 31) at Martin Street, on the right when traveling west on Berard Street.
Scholastique Picou Breaux founded our wonderful city when she was just 33 years old. A determined Acadian woman, she drew up Plan de la Ville du Pont Breaux, the plan for the Village of Breaux Bridge. Her plan included land for a school, a church, a . . . — Map (db m85949) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — St. Bernard's Catholic Church
On North Mainn Street at Courthouse Street, on the left when traveling west on North Mainn Street.
Breaux Bridge's first Catholic chapel was built in 1841. In 1847, St. Bernard's Parish was established and our first substantial church was erected in 1857. This church, built in 1933-34 by local craftsmen, was the pinnacle of Rev. P.A. Borel's . . . — Map (db m85948) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — The Bridge of 1852
On St. Bernard Street, on the left when traveling south.
This turntable bridge was built in 1852 and replaced in 1891. The bridge was moved 3 miles downstream and served as a crossing for the community of Ruth until 1992. The bridge was in place when Breaux Bridge was incorporated on March 14, . . . — Map (db m129778) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — The Pellerin-Chauffe House1896
On South Poydras Highway (State Highway 347) 0.2 miles north of Delcambre Road, on the right when traveling north.
This Queen Anne Revival cottage was built in 1896 by Edmond Pellerin. The carpenter, Emile Bergeron, built the entire house of local cypress and the house remains the finest example of rural farm life in Breaux Bridge at the end of the 19th . . . — Map (db m129779) HM
Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — The Valery Thibodeaux HouseCA. 1853
On Poydras Highway (State Highway 347) near Ada Street, on the right when traveling north.
This beautiful Acadian home and grounds was the site chosen by Maj. A. Gallway, 173rd N.Y. Volunteers for the encampment of his Union Troops, April 21, 1863.

This house has been continuously occupied by Valery Thibodeaux's descendants since the . . . — Map (db m129966) HM

Louisiana (St. Martin Parish), Breaux Bridge — Wetlands
On Rookery Road east of Prairie Highway (State Highway 353), on the left when traveling east.
Wetlands are described simply as any area that floods regularly and supports plants that are adapted to flooding. Wetlands have been disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and elsewhere. For example, although Louisiana only accounts . . . — Map (db m114492) HM

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