The City of Louisiana Missouri is located in Pike County, about 1 hour and 45 minutes north of Downtown St. Louis along the Mississippi River on Highway 79, also known as the "Little Dixie Highway". The population of Louisiana was recorded as having 3,364 residents in 2010.
The residents of Louisiana are served by the public Louisiana RII School District which includes the Louisiana High School.
The Mississippi River is intertwined with the history of the City of Louisiana. It's first settler, John Walter Basye, built his home on the banks of the Mississippi in 1817. The city was platted in 1818 and was named after Basye's daughter, Louisiana. It wasn't until 1848 that the City of Louisiana was officially incorporated. Originally established by the French when it was part of the Louisiana Territory, it is the oldest city in Pike County Missouri.
Several streets and districts in downtown Louisiana are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The downtown business area, called the Georgia Street Historic District, has 54 historic buildings, mostly of Italianate or Victorian architectural style. It is also said that Louisiana has "the most intact Victorian Streetscape in the state of Missouri."
Louisiana has several events that are held throughout the year. The Annual Winter River Festival is held the last weekend in January that features a YMCA 5K Run, Eagle watching, Polar Plunge, all the local artists and their art, the House of Fire & Ice, and much more. The 50 Miles of Art Gallery and Studio Tour is held twice a year in April and November and highlights the local artists and their craft in the three cities of Louisiana, Clarksville and Hannibal that lie along 50 miles of Highway 79. The 3rd weekend in October is the Louisiana Country Colorfest with events that include a pie contest, a motorcycle show, the Pike County Memorial Hospital Baby Show, the Colorfest Parade, Miss Colorfest and 'lil Mr & Miss Colorfest contest, classic car show, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, arts and crafts and much more! On the Thursday after Thanksgiving, the holiday season is ushered in with the annual Winter Wonderland Celebration. Events begin at 5 pm and include a parade, a wreath decorating competition, and the lighting of the city Christmas tree. In December the annual Christmas Mid-town Church Walk is held which is hosted by the Louisiana Area Historical Museum. Walk participants visit several churches and hear a 15 minute program at each with the last church serving warm cider and cookies.
Louisiana Missouri City Hall
202 South 3rd Street
Louisiana, MO 63353
Court Clerk: 573-754-3421
City Clerk: 573-754-4132
License Office: 573-754-6864
Visitor's Bureau: 573-754-5921
Chamber of Commerce: 573-754-5921