Stella Carline Tanoos 


Since retiring in 2007, Stella Carline Tanoos has devoted her time and energy to genealogy and Louisiana History, especially the lost history on the cattle drives of Louisiana. Tanoos was a silent partner on the writing of the book Plaquemine and is the historian on the Board of Directors of the Iberville Museum. Using her knowledge, she helped to create a permanent exhibit dedicated to the history of the Atchafalaya Basin and its vast history.





Noon to 1:00 p.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 4
Louisiana Towns and Parishes: Opelousas, Plaquemine, Cameron Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish
with Tom Acosta, Carola Lillie Harley, Stella Carline Tanoos, Andrew Edward Tingler, and moderator Katie Parry

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers
Book Signing


The city of Plaquemine sits along the Mississippi River where it meets with Bayou Plaquemine. Famous French explorer Sieur d'Iberville was brought to the bayou in 1699 by the Bayogoula tribe, who inhabited land a few miles south. While trade boats and ferries began operating on the waterway during the early 1700s, it was not for another 100 years, in 1819, that the first foundations of a town began to appear at the mouth of the bayou. The cattle, sugarcane, and lumber industries brought English, French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, and German settlers and African slaves. After building the Plaquemine Lock in 1909, the city became a commercial hub for trade as it connected New Orleans with the western half of the state.


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