Iberville Parish
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Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana

Iberville Parish

(submitted by and photos by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Bayou Pigeon is a small unincorporated Cajun village located near the southern extremities of Iberville Parish. The village is primarily composed of fishermen and plant workers, the great majority of which are of Cajun descent.

Many of the residents trace their lineage back to Pierre Part, a town in nearby Assumption Parish. Cajun French can still be heard in most of the older residents' homes. Some have been noted to having used Cajun French as their sole language even as late as the early 2000s.

It is bordered by the Atchafalaya Basin on the west, Highway 404 to the north, White Castle Canal on the east, and Iberia Parish to the south.

The main thoroughfare is Louisiana Highway 75. There is one bridge across the Grand River near the Catholic Church. It was erected in 1957. Hwy 75 terminates on the east bank of the Grand River in Bayou Pigeon at a location dubbed "The End of the World."

Catholicism is the predominant faith, and the only church was St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church which closed November 24th, 2017. Despite the predominance of Roman Catholicism, there was a Southern Baptist congregation in the village from the 1960s to the late 1980s, known as Bayou Pigeon Baptist Church.

The village was featured on the Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs" in an episode profiling the work of a local crawfisher, and also on the History Channel show "Swamp People." It is also featured on CMT's Swamp Pawn show.

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