Gueydan, Louisiana

 

 

         Gueydan, Louisiana is a peaceful little town in Vermilion Parish.  Gueydan began in 1898, and was incorporated in 1899.  It was named after Jean Pierre Gueydan.  It is a town with about 1,598 people in it. In 1999, Gueydan became 100 years old.  Gueydan is named "Duck Capital of the World". There is a Duck Festival every year. It started in 1977.  It is located on the west side of Vermilion Parish. 

        The Gueydan Museum was established in 1990.  The Gueydan Museum is filled with old artifacts and pictures.  The building was built in 1902.  It was originally the Bank of Gueydan.  The Museum now is filled with interesting facts. The City Hall was built in 1938 and still stands today on the boulevard. Rice crops, farming, hunting and fishing were all part of the area.

     Gueydan has had a few schools. In early 1900's  the first high school was completed. (Click to view 1903 Student Body Picture) In 1924 the high school building became the elementary school and in 1976 Gueydan Elementary officially became Jesse Owens. Gueydan High School was built in 1959.  St. Peter's is a Catholic Private Elementary School in Gueydan.  Gueydan High School has students from 7th through 12th grade.  Jesse Owens Elementary has Pre-K through 5th Grade.  Gueydan High

     Gueydan had many floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Some of the tragedies was in 1917 there was World War 1, in 1941 there was World War II, In 1950 we had the Korean War, in 1965 we had Vietnam War, and in 1991 there was the Gulf War.

         The town of Gueydan has landmarks.  It has a City Hall, Museum, Fire Station, Police Station, churches and businesses now.  Gueydan is a nice and peaceful place to visit in Vermilion Parish.

Written by Alec Toups, Lance Moss and Austin Touchet

June 17, 2005

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The Way We Were:  A Photo Retrospective 
The Early Years 
The Twenties 
The Thirties

1938 Rice Harvest 
The Forties
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Presented in conjunction with the Gueydan Centennial 
(Photos from Jesse Owens Elementary Site)

 

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