Paincourtville, Louisiana

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Paincourtville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 884 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Pierre Part Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Paincourtville was the birthplace of former Louisiana State Representative Frank Fulco, Sr., of Shreveport, who served from 1956–1972 and was a known as a spokesman for Italian-American causes.

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History

Legend says an early traveler, unable to buy a single loaf of bread there, facetiously called the place "short of bread town," which translates to Paincourtville.[1]

The first permanent settlements in this region were made by the French and Spanish (including Islenos) about the middle of the 18th century along Bayou Lafourche, between the present towns of Donaldsonville and Napoleonville. From 1755 to 1764, the population was increased by the immigration of the exiled Acadians who entered the area clearing the land and building comfortable homes. Many of their descendants are still numerous in the parish today.[2]

On a plot donated by Elizabeth Dugas, St. Elizabeth's Church was built in 1840. Parishioners promptly rebuilt their church after a fire in 1854. In 1903 a third structure, the present one, was completed. Nearby of a special steel scaffolding is the church bell, too large for either of the church's two towers. It was brought from France.[1]

Geography

Paincourtville is located at 29°59′28″N 91°3′35″W / 29.99111°N 91.05972°W / 29.99111; -91.05972 (29.990994, -91.059639)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

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