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Ville Platte, Louisiana

Ville Platte is the largest city in, and the parish seat of, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,430 at the 2010 census, down from 8,145 in 2000. The city's name is of French origin, roughly translating to "flat town", in reference to its relatively flat topography in contrast to the more hilly terrain north of the area.

Ville Platte, Louisiana
City of Ville Platte
Etymology: Ville Platte, French ('Ville' being the French word for 'town' and 'platte' meaning 'flat')
Location of Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates:30°41′21″N92°16′39″W /30.68917°N 92.27750°W /30.68917; -92.27750Coordinates: 30°41′21″N92°16′39″W /30.68917°N 92.27750°W /30.68917; -92.27750
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishEvangeline
Founded1824
Incorporated as a town1858
Qualified to be incorporated as a city1950
Founded byMarcellin Garand
Government
• TypeMayor-council
• MayorJennifer Vidrine (D)
Area
• Total4.02 sq mi (10.40 km2)
• Land4.02 sq mi (10.40 km2)
• Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
72 ft (22 m)
Population
• Total7,430
• Estimate
(2019)
7,033
• Density1,750.81/sq mi (676.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
• Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
70586
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-78715
Websitewww.cityofvilleplatte.com

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The area around Ville Platte appears to have been first settled during the last half of the eighteenth century, when Louisiana was under Spanish rule. The earliest record of settlement in the immediate area of Ville Platte was in the 1780s.

Popular legend states the founder of Ville Platte was Marcellin Garand, an adjutant major in the Army of the French Empire during the reign of Napoleon. In 1824, Garand obtained one of the first two lots that were platted in what is now Ville Platte, with the second being obtained by a Doctor Robert Windex. Those lots were obtained from the estate of William O'Donegan. This appears to be the actual beginning of, or the founding of, the present town of Ville Platte.

The first post office in Ville Platte was established in 1842 with Marcellin Garand as postmaster from 1842 to 1848.

Ville Platte is located in eastern Evangeline Parish at 30°41′21″N92°16′39″W /30.68917°N 92.27750°W /30.68917; -92.27750 (30.689140, -92.277534).

According to the United States Census Bureau, Ville Platte has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2), of which 0.25 acres (0.001 km2), or 0.01%, is water.

U.S. Route 167 passes through the city as Main Street (eastbound) and Lasalle Street (westbound). The highway leads southeast 17 miles (27 km) to Opelousas and north 52 miles (84 km) to Alexandria. Louisiana Highway 10 passes through the city in tandem with US 167 but leads northwest 28 miles (45 km) to Oakdale.

Chicot State Park, Louisiana's largest state park, is located 8 miles (13 km) north of Ville Platte. The park covers 6,400 acres (26 km2) of rolling hills and water and has large numbers of deer, raccoon, and other wildlife.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870135
188014910.4%
1900163
1910603269.9%
19201,364126.2%
19301,72226.2%
19403,721116.1%
19506,63378.3%
19607,51213.3%
19709,69229.0%
19809,201−5.1%
19909,037−1.8%
20008,145−9.9%
20107,430−8.8%
2019 (est.)7,033−5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,145 people, 3,169 households, and 2,047 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,665.4 people per square mile (1,027.7/km2). There were 3,513 housing units at an average density of 1,149.6 per square mile (443.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 40.53% White, 58.67% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population.

There were 3,169 households, out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.9% were married couples living together, 24.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $12,917, and the median income for a family was $18,056. Males had a median income of $29,798 versus $16,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,672. About 43.5% of families and 50.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 68.9% of those under age 18 and 32.5% of those age 65 or over.

Public schools in Evangeline Parish are operated by the Evangeline Parish School Board. Three campuses are located in Ville Platte - James Stephens Montessori School (Grades PK-4), Ville Platte Elementary School (Grades PK-4), and Ville Platte High School (Grades 5-12).

There are also two private schools. Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School is a Roman Catholic school, serving grades K-12. Christian Heritage Academy is a Christian school, serving grades PK-12.

The famous St. Landry Parish Sheriff Cat Doucet was educated in Ville Platte.

Ville Platte is located northwest of Louisiana's Cajun country. The town is famous for its smoked meat and swamp pop music, and bills itself as "Smoked Meat Capital of the World". Ville Platte has been officially designated by the Louisiana Legislature at the "Swamp Pop Capital of the World," recognizing the town's "long, rich history of fostering the development of swamp pop music."

Ville Platte has significant Creole and Cajun cultural associations (cuisine, music, language etc.). It lies at the northern point of the "French Triangle" with a significant francophone population residing in the city as well as the parish. It is one of the birthplaces of the Afro-creole zydeco music that has become one of the signatures of Louisiana culture throughout the world, as well as the Choctaw-Métis tradition of "viande boucanee" or smoked meat.

Ville Platte hosts two large festivals each year. The Louisiana Cotton festival, run in conjunction with the Le Tournoi, and the Festival de la Viande Bouccanee (Smoked Meat Festival) are held in Ville Platte annually. Ville Platte and the surrounding areas participate in the traditional Mardi Gras held in Mamou.

Radio host Jim Soileau, the "Voice of KVPI" throughout most of the past 50 years, is semi-retired but still hosts the French News as well as co-hosts "La Tasse de Café" ("The Cup of Coffee") on Monday and Wednesday mornings. He has one of the most recognized voices in Acadiana and hosted "This is Mamou Cajun radio" from location at Fred's Lounge for many years.

Former U.S. Representative T. Ashton Thompson of Louisiana's 7th congressional district, since disbanded, was born in Ville Platte in 1916. He died in office in 1965 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Gastonia, North Carolina. His death paved the way for Edwin Washington Edwards to assume the seat.

Eric LaFleur, a local transactional attorney, has represented the area in both the 38th District of the Louisiana House of Representatives (2000 to 2008) and the 28th District of the Louisiana Senate (2008-2020), and currently holds the position of City Attorney.

Bernard LeBas, a Ville Platte pharmacist, has represented Evangeline and St. Landry parishes in the 38th District Louisiana House of Representatives since 2008.

Walter L. Lee served as the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court for 56 years, from 1956 to 2012.

The current mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, is the first woman and first African American to hold the position.

City officials:

  • Mayor: Jennifer Vidrine, 2010–present
  • Chief of Police: Neal Lartigue, 2006–present
  • City Marshall: Horace Johnson 2020-present
  • City Clerk: Shountilez Williams
  • City Judge: J. Gregory Vidrine, 2014–present
  • City Attorney: Eric Lafleur

Members of the City Council:

  • District A: Faye Lemoine, 2018–present
  • District B: Jerry Joseph, 2010–present
  • District C: Mike Perron, 2006–present
  • District D: Lionel Anderson, 2018–present
  • District E: Donald Ray Sam, 2006–present
  • District F: Bryant Riggs, 2014–present

Members of the Louisiana Legislature:

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Ville Platte, Louisiana
Ville Platte Louisiana Language Watch Edit Ville Platte is the largest city in and the parish seat of Evangeline Parish Louisiana United States 3 The population was 7 430 at the 2010 census 4 down from 8 145 in 2000 The city s name is of French origin roughly translating to flat town in reference to its relatively flat topography in contrast to the more hilly terrain north of the area Ville Platte LouisianaCityCity of Ville PlatteEtymology Ville Platte French Ville being the French word for town and platte meaning flat Location of Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish Louisiana Location of Louisiana in the United StatesCoordinates 30 41 21 N 92 16 39 W 30 68917 N 92 27750 W 30 68917 92 27750 Coordinates 30 41 21 N 92 16 39 W 30 68917 N 92 27750 W 30 68917 92 27750CountryUnited StatesStateLouisianaParishEvangelineFounded1824Incorporated as a town1858Qualified to be incorporated as a city1950Founded byMarcellin GarandGovernment TypeMayor council MayorJennifer Vidrine D Area 1 Total4 02 sq mi 10 40 km2 Land4 02 sq mi 10 40 km2 Water0 00 sq mi 0 00 km2 Elevation72 ft 22 m Population 2010 Total7 430 Estimate 2019 2 7 033 Density1 750 81 sq mi 676 01 km2 Time zoneUTC 6 CST Summer DST UTC 5 CDT ZIP code70586Area code s 337FIPS code22 78715Websitewww wbr cityofvilleplatte wbr com Contents 1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Education 5 Culture 6 Government 7 Points of interest 8 References 9 External linksHistory Edit The area around Ville Platte appears to have been first settled during the last half of the eighteenth century when Louisiana was under Spanish rule The earliest record of settlement in the immediate area of Ville Platte was in the 1780s Popular legend states the founder of Ville Platte was Marcellin Garand an adjutant major in the Army of the French Empire during the reign of Napoleon In 1824 Garand obtained one of the first two lots that were platted in what is now Ville Platte with the second being obtained by a Doctor Robert Windex Those lots were obtained from the estate of William O Donegan This appears to be the actual beginning of or the founding of the present town of Ville Platte The first post office in Ville Platte was established in 1842 with Marcellin Garand as postmaster from 1842 to 1848 5 Geography EditVille Platte is located in eastern Evangeline Parish at 30 41 21 N 92 16 39 W 30 68917 N 92 27750 W 30 68917 92 27750 30 689140 92 277534 6 According to the United States Census Bureau Ville Platte has a total area of 4 0 square miles 10 4 km2 of which 0 25 acres 0 001 km2 or 0 01 is water 4 U S Route 167 passes through the city as Main Street eastbound and Lasalle Street westbound The highway leads southeast 17 miles 27 km to Opelousas and north 52 miles 84 km to Alexandria Louisiana Highway 10 passes through the city in tandem with US 167 but leads northwest 28 miles 45 km to Oakdale Chicot State Park Louisiana s largest state park is located 8 miles 13 km north of Ville Platte The park covers 6 400 acres 26 km2 of rolling hills and water and has large numbers of deer raccoon and other wildlife Demographics EditHistorical populationCensus Pop 1870135 188014910 4 1900163 1910603269 9 19201 364126 2 19301 72226 2 19403 721116 1 19506 63378 3 19607 51213 3 19709 69229 0 19809 201 5 1 19909 037 1 8 20008 145 9 9 20107 430 8 8 2019 est 7 033 2 5 3 U S Decennial Census 7 As of the census 8 of 2000 there were 8 145 people 3 169 households and 2 047 families residing in the city The population density was 2 665 4 people per square mile 1 027 7 km2 There were 3 513 housing units at an average density of 1 149 6 per square mile 443 3 km2 The racial makeup of the city was 40 53 White 58 67 African American 0 21 Native American 0 07 Asian 0 11 from other races and 0 41 from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1 23 of the population There were 3 169 households out of which 32 6 had children under the age of 18 living with them 35 9 were married couples living together 24 5 had a female householder with no husband present and 35 4 were non families 33 0 of all households were made up of individuals and 16 3 had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 2 48 and the average family size was 3 17 In the city the population was spread out with 30 9 under the age of 18 9 1 from 18 to 24 23 7 from 25 to 44 19 3 from 45 to 64 and 17 0 who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 34 years For every 100 females there were 85 5 males For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 79 1 males The median income for a household in the city was 12 917 and the median income for a family was 18 056 Males had a median income of 29 798 versus 16 563 for females The per capita income for the city was 9 672 About 43 5 of families and 50 9 of the population were below the poverty line including 68 9 of those under age 18 and 32 5 of those age 65 or over Education EditPublic schools in Evangeline Parish are operated by the Evangeline Parish School Board Three campuses are located in Ville Platte James Stephens Montessori School Grades PK 4 Ville Platte Elementary School Grades PK 4 and Ville Platte High School Grades 5 12 There are also two private schools Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School is a Roman Catholic school serving grades K 12 Christian Heritage Academy is a Christian school serving grades PK 12 The famous St Landry Parish Sheriff Cat Doucet was educated in Ville Platte 9 Culture EditVille Platte is located northwest of Louisiana s Cajun country The town is famous for its smoked meat and swamp pop music and bills itself as Smoked Meat Capital of the World Ville Platte has been officially designated by the Louisiana Legislature at the Swamp Pop Capital of the World recognizing the town s long rich history of fostering the development of swamp pop music Ville Platte has significant Creole and Cajun cultural associations cuisine music language etc It lies at the northern point of the French Triangle with a significant francophone population residing in the city as well as the parish It is one of the birthplaces of the Afro creole zydeco music that has become one of the signatures of Louisiana culture throughout the world as well as the Choctaw Metis tradition of viande boucanee or smoked meat 10 Ville Platte hosts two large festivals each year The Louisiana Cotton festival run in conjunction with the Le Tournoi and the Festival de la Viande Bouccanee Smoked Meat Festival are held in Ville Platte annually Ville Platte and the surrounding areas participate in the traditional Mardi Gras held in Mamou 11 12 13 Radio host Jim Soileau the Voice of KVPI throughout most of the past 50 years is semi retired but still hosts the French News as well as co hosts La Tasse de Cafe The Cup of Coffee on Monday and Wednesday mornings He has one of the most recognized voices in Acadiana and hosted This is Mamou Cajun radio from location at Fred s Lounge for many years 14 15 Government EditFormer U S Representative T Ashton Thompson of Louisiana s 7th congressional district since disbanded was born in Ville Platte in 1916 He died in office in 1965 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Gastonia North Carolina His death paved the way for Edwin Washington Edwards to assume the seat Eric LaFleur a local transactional attorney has represented the area in both the 38th District of the Louisiana House of Representatives 2000 to 2008 and the 28th District of the Louisiana Senate 2008 2020 and currently holds the position of City Attorney Bernard LeBas a Ville Platte pharmacist has represented Evangeline and St Landry parishes in the 38th District Louisiana House of Representatives since 2008 16 Walter L Lee served as the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court for 56 years from 1956 to 2012 The current mayor Jennifer Vidrine is the first woman and first African American to hold the position 17 City officials Mayor Jennifer Vidrine 2010 present Chief of Police Neal Lartigue 2006 present City Marshall Horace Johnson 2020 present City Clerk Shountilez Williams City Judge J Gregory Vidrine 2014 present City Attorney Eric Lafleur Members of the City Council District A Faye Lemoine 2018 present District B Jerry Joseph 2010 present District C Mike Perron 2006 present District D Lionel Anderson 2018 present District E Donald Ray Sam 2006 present District F Bryant Riggs 2014 present Members of the Louisiana Legislature Senate District 28 Heather Cloud R 2020 present House of Representatives District 38 Rhonda Butler R 2020 presentPoints of interest EditChicot State Park Alexis LaTour House Flat Town Music CoReferences Edit 2019 U S Gazetteer Files United States Census Bureau Retrieved July 25 2020 a b Population and Housing Unit Estimates United States Census Bureau May 24 2020 Retrieved May 27 2020 Find a County National Association of Counties Retrieved 2011 06 07 a b Geographic Identifiers 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 Ville Platte city Louisiana American Factfinder U S Census Bureau Archived from the original on February 13 2020 Retrieved February 10 2016 History of Ville Platte Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Retrieved 2016 09 29 US Gazetteer files 2010 2000 and 1990 United States Census Bureau 2011 02 12 Retrieved 2011 04 23 Census of Population and Housing Census gov Retrieved June 4 2015 U S Census website United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008 01 31 Doucet Daly Joseph Cat lahistory org Archived from the original on September 25 2016 Retrieved December 15 2010 Louisiana s French Creole Culinary amp Linguistic Traditions Facts vs Fiction Before and Since Cajunization by John laFleur amp Brian Costello w Dr Ina Fandrich 2013 Louisiana Cotton Festival Louisiana Cotton Festial Louisiana Cotton Festival Inc Retrieved 1 October 2016 Louisiana Tournoi Louisiana Tournoi Retrieved 1 October 2016 LA Smoked Meat Festival LA Smoked Meat Festival LA Smoked Meat Festival Non profit Organization Retrieved 1 October 2016 Fausset Richard 14 February 2015 In Louisiana Desire for a French Renaissance The New York Times Retrieved 1 October 2016 Porzucki Nina 4 March 2015 This Louisiana radio station likes their news en Franglais Public Radio International Retrieved 1 October 2016 H Bernard LeBas house louisiana gov Retrieved May 7 2015 permanent dead link Jennifer Vidrine External links EditCity of Ville Platte official website Mercy Regional Medical Center Ville Platte Gazette Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Ville Platte Louisiana amp oldid 1038748252, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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