Broussard, Louisiana

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Broussard is a small city in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 6,754 from the 2005 Census Est.[1]

Broussard is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Originally named Cote Gelee (Frozen Hills) because of its hilly ridge area and the severe winter of 1784. Broussard was founded in 1884. It was named after Valsin Broussard, a prominent local merchant, who formed the first Vigilante Committee when his own store was robbed. He was also a direct descendant of Joseph Gaurhept Broussard de Beau Soleil, one of the first 200 Acadians to arrive in Louisiana on February 27, 1765 aboard the Santo Domingo.[1]

Primary agricultural resources include sugarcane, soybean and hay production as well as horse and cattle farming. Principal industries consist of oil and gas service companies, food distributors, real estate developments and manufacturing.

Broussard has gone from a horse and buggy community, with large sugarcane plantation homes, to a current day industrial community with over 300 businesses. It was designated a city in November 2002.[2] Yet, one still experiences its charm though the atmosphere of elegant Creole home cooking and cajun food at the local restaurants.[3]

Historic places

Although the town of Broussard dates back to the 1870s, its most conspicuous development took place between about 1890 and 1910. This turn-of-the-century growth spurt replaced most of what existed before and created the town's present architectural heritage. In many ways this growth reflected a contemporaneous boom in the production of sugar which affected much of southern Louisiana. The products of this economic boom can be seen today in and seen through the town in its historic buildings.

Properties on the National Historic Register:

  • Alesia House
  • Andre' Billeaud House
  • Martial Billeaud, Jr. House
  • Valsin Broussard House
  • Comeaux House
  • Ducrest Building
  • Janin Store
  • Roy-Leblanc House
  • St. Cecilia School
  • St. Julien House
  • Main Street Historic District
  • Charles Billeaud Jr. House

Geography

Broussard is located at 30°8′32″N 91°57′49″W / 30.14222°N 91.96361°W / 30.14222; -91.96361 (30.142329, -91.963644)[4].

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