DescriptionThe town of Plaquemine bears the name of the nearby bayou in the Atchafalaya Basin. Early French explorers found the banks of the stream lined with persimmon trees and dined with the local Native Americans on pliakmine, a bread made from the fruit of the trees.
Plaquemine Bayou, a distributary of the Mississippi River, was a navigable waterway for centuries until after the Civil War when a levee built to prevent flooding sealed off the mouth of the bayou. In 1909 the Plaquemine Locks were completed, and this shortcut from the Mississippi into the interior of Louisiana was restored. After 52 years of service the locks closed in 1961, their operations taken over by a larger set of locks upriver at Port Allen.
Things to SeePlaquemine Lock State Historic Site