Louisiana, Missouri is located in northeast Missouri, on the Mississippi River south of Hannibal. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,300.
Louisiana was founded in 1816 by John Walter Basye and named after his daughter, Louisiana Basye. Other notable early residents were Samuel Caldwell and Joel Shaw, both of whom purchased land from Bayse in 1818. All three properties became the original town plat, comprised primarily of riverfront.
Louisiana proved to be a profitable shipping point on the Mississippi River
, and that wealth led to numerous antebellum homes. Many of those still remain and—along with the Georgia Street Historic District
in downtown Louisiana—are listed on the National Register of Historic Places
. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says that Louisiana has "the most intact Victorian Streetscape in the state of Missouri."
Louisiana is one of three communities that formed the 50 Miles of Art
are home to many artists and artisans. Louisiana is also home to Pike County’s largest festival, the Louisiana Colorfest, which began in 1984. The event is held the third weekend in October and is attended by about 8,000 people annually.
Louisiana hopes to be part of the "green energy" revolution as a former ammonia
plant has been converted for the study and production of synthetic fuels.Notable People
, Major League Baseball player and broadcaster, lived and died in Louisiana, Missouri.
Lloyd C. Stark
, Governor of Missouri
1937-41, born in Louisiana, Missouri.