How did Raceland LA get its name?

By: Joe LauUpdated: January 18, 2021


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The name may have come from the horse races that were once held on the banks of Bayou Lafourche that runs through town. Or the town may have been named in honor of its fertile soil, which made crops "race" to maturity — indeed, sugarcane grows well throughout Lafourche Parish, where Raceland is located.

Also asked, how far is Raceland from New Orleans?

Distance from New Orleans, LA to Raceland, LA
There are 35.19 miles from New Orleans to Raceland in southwest direction and 76 miles (122.31 kilometers) by car, following the LA 307 route. New Orleans and Raceland are 1 hour 47 mins far apart, if you drive non-stop .

Additionally, what is Raceland zip code?


How far is Houma from Raceland?

11.62 miles

What does Lafourche mean?

The name Lafourche is from the French for "the fork", and alludes to the bayou's large outflow of Mississippi River water. The first settlements of Acadians in southern Louisiana were near Bayou Lafourche and Bayou des Écores, which led to a close association of the bayou with Cajun culture.


How do you pronounce Lafourche Parish?

The parish is named for Bayou Lafourche, which runs through it. The name is French and is pronounced lah-foosh. Say it three times real fast.

What are the names of the bayous in Louisiana?

  • Bayou Lafourche.
  • Atchafalaya River. Bayou Cocodrie. Bayou Teche. Bayou Boeuf. Bayou Long. Belle River. Big Goddel Bayou. Bay Natchez. Chopin Chute. Lower Grand River. Upper Grand River. Bayou Plaquemine. Rouge Bayou. Bayou Jack. Bayou des Glaises.