City of Plaquemine

The City of Plaquemine is nestled on pre-historic Bayou Plaquemine, a tributary of the mighty Mississippi River.  The earliest map shows Plaquemine as a settlement in 1775. The Chitimacha Indians were living here when Pierre LeMoyne, Sieur de Iberville arrived in 1699 and claimed all of Louisiana for King Louis XIV of France. It took its name from the Indian word Plaquemine, which means persimmons.  The city became the seat of parish government in 1835 and was incorporated in 1838.

Plaquemine became an important trading center as Bayou Plaquemine served as a natural waterway to the western interior of Louisiana.  It served as a transportation route of agriculture, lumber, fishing, and oil and gas industries of the area during the early 19th century.

Today, a new day of progress and activities has begun in the revitalizing development of the city.  Plaquemine’s downtown historic district consists of 120 residential and business buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Plaquemine Depot Market, featuring a market of arts and crafts, is located in the 1925 Union Pacific Railroad Depot downtown.  Iberville Museum is housed in the former Iberville Parish Courthouse (c. 1848), which served as City Hall from 1906 to 1985. It is now open with a varied display of historic artifacts, near the Plaquemine Locks State Historic Site.

The once vacant former public high school built during the W.P.A. Program was renamed the City of Plaquemine Activity Center (COPAC). The Island Country Club overlooks tranquil Bayou Plaquemine and Bayou Jacob. And, in the works is the construction of Bayou Waterfront Park fronting historic Bayou Plaquemine, adjacent to Plaquemine Locks State Historic Site. It will feature lighted walkways, picnic areas, and floating fishing piers.



Mayor Edwin "Ed" Reeves

P. (225) 687-3116
F. (225) 685-1194

23640 Railroad Avenue
Plaquemine, LA 70765-2754

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 675
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0675

Business Permits

Within City Limits
City of Plaquemine (225) 687-3116

Outside City Limits
Iberville Parish Council  (225) 687-5190

Quick Contacts

Cox Communications 
(800) 234-3993

(800) 288-2020

Plaquemine City Light & Water
(225) 687-3725
(225) 687-7418

23640 Railroad Ave., First Floor
Plaquemine, LA  70764

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 77
Plaquemine, LA  70765-0777

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Entergy   (800) 584-1241


U.S. Post Office  
58015 Canal St.
Plaquemine, LA  70764
(225) 685-0858

Parish Contact

P.  (225) 687-5190
F.  (225) 685-5277

58050 Meriam St.
Plaquemine, LA 70764

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765