Welcome To Gueydan – “Gateway to the Wetlands”
Welcome visitors, family, and friends to Gueydan the “Duck Capital of America.” We invite everyone to engage in the nuances of our community rich in history, heritage, culture and friendliness. Our wonderful and vibrant citizens create an atmosphere that embellishes the beliefs and mores of our culture.
Gueydan is the Sportsman’s Paradise supported by natural resources embedded in a uniquely diverse culture comprised of variant social and historic families enhancing the beauty and personality of our town situated in one of the most interesting areas in South Louisiana. In the early 1860s, Jean Pierre Gueydan, the founder of the European-American town, lived in Abbeville, Louisiana, about 30 miles east of present-day Gueydan. As had the Attapaka and earlier American Indian tribes, he often came to the future town site to hunt deer, ducks, geese, pheasant, cache-cache (Jack Snipe), papabottes, and other game. The area was a hunter’s paradise. Game and fish were boundless. Jean Pierre was the official founder of Gueydan. In 1902, the settlement became the town of Gueydan. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,598 people, 644 households, and 416 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,874.9 people per square mile (725.9/km²). There were 724 housing units at an average density of 849.5 per square mile (328.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.61% White, 12.83% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.31% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.
The Town of Gueydan invites one and all to visit and enjoy our culture, heritage, history, and down-home feeling of the personality that makes us unique and vibrant.
Chris Theriot, Mayor
Town of Gueydan