The town of Mamou was incorporated in 1912. Mamou is located at the center of 12 square miles of some of the finest and richest agricultural land in Louisiana. During the early years into the 1920’s Mamou grew very well. It had a doctor, dentist, an attorney, a rice mill, good hardware stores, drugstore general merchandise store, car dealership, implement dealer, two railroads with large warehouse extensions on each railroad and two banks. In 1930, Mamou was hard hit by the depression. It wiped out the business community. At one time there was no doctor, no warehouses, no attorney, no dentist, no drugstore and only a few growing businesses. A new growth really came about in 1950. A bank was reorganized; churches were built, a new hospital was built, two rice mills, three drug stores, and various other types of businesses were started. A large rice drier and elevators, some of the finest in the state, were built. Mamou now boasts two banks and a mini-mall. Mamou holds a Veteran’s Day Celebration on November 11th each year. Mardi Gras is celebrated in a big way and visitors from all over the nation attend. Cajun Music is cultivated in Mamou, and Fred’s Lounge has the Cajun Music Hall of Fame via radio, honoring Cajun musicians every Saturday morning. Mamou is a beautiful little town of over 3,000 people. It celebrates the Cajun way of life and welcomes visitors to its attractions.

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