Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was originally established as a mining camp in 1820, incorporating as a town on February 12, 1861. William Akers was the first mayor and is credited with founding the town, establishing it on land he purchased from the Federal government in 1832. Ponchatoula is a name signifying “falling hair” or “hanging hair”. It was the Indians’ way of expressing the beauty of the location, with much Spanish moss hanging from the trees.
Because of it’s close proximity to New Orleans and this being Mardi Gras season, we will be staying here a month. Come by and see us.
Vidalia, Louisiana to Ponchatoula, Louisiana 138.7 miles
3 hours 15 minutes