Welcome to The Town of Cottonport

Town Council

Mayor……………………........………..…….......................William “Scotty” Scott III
Mayor Pro-Tem………………...................................................…….Curtis Francisco
Town of Council District 1…….....................................….. Margaret Prater-Jenkins
Town of Council District 2…….….......................................................Kenneth Friels
Town of Council District 3………...................................................… Luke L. Welch
Town of Council District 4………....................................................... Demple Prater
Police Chief………..........................................................................Earnest Anderson
Town Clerk……….........................................................................Theresa Anderson
History

Cottonport was founded in the early 19th century and incorporated in 1888 along the banks of Bayou Rouge (French for "Red Bayou"). In the 19th century, large boats made their way through Cottonport with goods destined for the port of New Orleans. The bayou was deep enough to support the large boats and formed a perfect horseshoe, which allowed them to turn around. The boats would deliver cargo into the area and would load crops on board to take to larger ports along the route. The main crop available for exporting at that time was cotton. In fact, because so much cotton was being shipped from the port, early settlers named the village Cottonport

Present Day

Today, over 100 years after its incorporation, Cottonport retains many of its picturesque qualities. Although Bayou Rouge is no longer navigable, it continues to be used as a fishing. It also serves as the backdrop to the annual Cottonport Christmas Festival, held the second weekend in December, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Demographics

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,316 people, 770 households, and 549 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,174.5 people per square mile (453.9/km²). There were 840 housing units at an average density of 426.0 per square mile (164.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 48.32% White, 49.65% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.
There were 770 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 27.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the town the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 71.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 64.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $418,973, and the median income for a family was $21,888. Males had a median income of $21,597 versus $18,542 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,507. About 34.5% of families and 40.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 54.7% of those under age 18 and 27.3% of those age 65 or over

Notable People

Bill Callegari, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from northwestern Harris County since 2001; an engineer and businessman in Katy, Texas; born in Cottonport in 1941[8]
Moon Ducote, football, baseball, and basketball player and coach, born in Cottonport.

Town of Cottonport

The Town of Cottonport is a community of approximately 2,015 residents and is located in the central portion of Avoyelles Parish. It is a picturesque town located on Bayou Rouge and it was once a major port for shipping cotton to New Orleans. Bayou Rouge was dammed many years ago and is now used mainly for children's fishing tournaments and is decorated beautifully during the holidays. 
Today, our school system is still a great one, but because of consolidation, we no longer have a high school. We have Cottonport Elementary School, St. Mary Catholic School, and the Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Ward H. Nash, Avoyelles Campus.  
There is an Avoyelles Women Correctional Center (AWCC) in our town. It houses about 204 prisoners. Cottonport is also the location of Louisiana State Penitentiary, The Raymond Laborde Correctional Center; a medium security prison located at 1630 Prison Road; houses around 500 prisoners and employs 250 people.
CLTC established 36 programs, serves approximately 1,600 students per semester. The region was comprised of one main campus, six branches, one extension, and seven instructional service centers.
The campuses were first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (SACS/COEI). The campuses were accredited by SACS/COEI from January 1974 through December 1995. COEI division withdrew from SACS in December 1995 and was reorganized as 15 the Council on Occupational Education (COE). The campuses have been accredited by COE from January 1996 to the present.
Act 506 of the 2005 Regular Legislative Session proposed a reorganization of the Louisiana Technical College. LCTCS adopted the 21st Century Model for the Delivery of Technical Education effective July 1, 2006. The reorganization consists of eight Regional Education Centers.
There are about sixty businesses in Cottonport. The Cottonport Bank and Insurance Agency, the Department of Corrections Credit Union, Cotton Corner Drug Store, Poret's Drug Store, T-Jim's Grovery & Market, Abundant Blessings Store, Family Dollar Store, The Y Not Stop, Bayou Express, Bernard's Cajun Sea Fry, Cottonport Family Clinic, Lacombe's Monogramming, and Kelly's Beauty Boutique just to name a few.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, located at 736 Ducote Lane, and First Evening Star Baptist Church, located at 320 Swift Street, are also churches in Cottonport.
In 2001, we were awarded Louisiana's Cleanest City of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc. District VIII- Category A. In 2006 we were chosen as District Winners of the LGCF "2006 Cleanest City Contest."
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The Avoyelles School Board and the Town of Cottonport signed an intergovernmental agreement on July 14, 2004 to make use of property formerly known as the "Cottonport High School football field, track, and stadium." Upon this agreement the Rapides Foundation implemented a walking trail project for Town of Cottonport. The project was completeld October 31, 2004. We received a sign from the Rapides Foundation. This walking trail is called "Cotton Trail." 

City Hall

EMERGENCY & PUBLIC SAFETY

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Emergencies
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Cottonport Police Department
(318)876-3488
931 Bryan Street Cottonport, LA

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Cottonport Fire Department
Cheif: Chris Lemoine
Assistant Cheif: Mike Ducote
(318)876-2525
307 Choupique Ln Cottonport LA

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Organizations in Town


  • LA Small Towns Committee
 
  • Mayor's Commission of Women
 
  • Cottonport Museum & Cultural Center Board
 
  • Cottonport Lion's Club
 
  • Industrial Development Board
 
  • Cottonport Housing Authority Board

 

  • Cottonport Park Board
 

Cottonport Town Hall
931 Bryan St, Cottonport
Louisiana  71327
(318) 876-3485

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  Our Tourist Attractions
 
  • Ducote Oaks (Front Street) Historical oaks planted in 1823 by Joseph Ducote II on the banks of Bayou Rouge
  • "MOVITA" C. 1900 on Montalvo Blvd.
  • Theophile Lemoine Home (Dulany Plantation) C. 1856
  • Perret Home (St. Anthony's Academy) C. 1897
  • Cottonport Museum (Cottonport Avenue) This museum was dedicated on December 31, 2004
  • People's Cross- Symbol of Unity, on the banks of Bayou Rouge
  • Cottonport Veteran's Memorial Site, on the bank of Bayou Rouge (2003)
  • Cotton Queen Square- entertainment, social, and special events area
  • Sarah Ann Williams' Memorial Park- recreation area on Indian Bayou Road
  • "Cotton Trails" on the Cottonport Elementary School old football/track field
Annual Events

Cottonport Egg Pocking on the Bayou
Easter Weekend

Zydeco Blues Festival
3rd Weekend in June

Cottonport Family Day
2nd Saturday in October

Cottonport Quilt Show
1st Saturday in October

Christmas on the Bayou Festival and Fireworks
2nd weekend in December

Christmas on the Bayou Pageant
2nd weekend in November