Breaux Bridge (French: le Pont-Breaux; pronounced [ləpɔ̃bʁo]) is a small city in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population is 8,139 as of the 2010 census, up from 7,281 in 2000. It is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. Originally dubbed “La Capitale Mondiale de L’ecrevisse,” Breaux Bridge was officially designated the Crawfish Capital of the World by former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Bob Angelle. Breaux Bridge hosts an annual Crawfish Festival, and is regionally noted for listing nicknames in its telephone directory.On August 25 of 1829, Scholastique Picou Breaux founded Breaux Bridge, Louisiana at the age of 33.
Scholastique was born Scholastique Melanie Picou on July 25, 1796. At a young age, she married Agricole Breaux; and together, they had five children. In 1817, the couple replaced the Bayou Teche suspension footbridge built by Agricole’s father with a vehicular bridge that allowed wagon passage and made way for the area’s increasing commerce. At the age of 32, Scholastique became a widow. A determined Acadian woman, Scholastique drew up Plan de la Ville Du Pont des Breaux (the plan for the Village of Breaux Bridge), which included a detailed map of the area and a diagram of streets. She developed the area by selling land lots to other Acadian settlers.
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