Ponchatoula is a small city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,839 at the 2013 census. Ponchatoula calls itself the “Strawberry Capital of the World”. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area. The current mayor is Bob Zabbia.
The Strawberry Festival’s roots go back to when farmers joined to sell the spring harvest of strawberries. It wasn’t until Ponchatoula changed from farming to tourism, however, when this gathering became a festival. Today the festival is the second largest in the state, only second to Mardi Gras.
Ponchatoula is a name signifying “falling hair” or “hanging hair” or “flowing hair” from the Choctaw Pashi “hair” and itula or itola “to fall” or “to hang” or “flowing”. The Indian name Ponchatoula means “flowing hair”, arrived at by the Indians as a way of expressing the beauty of the location, with much moss hanging from the trees.
INCIDENTS OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN TANGIPAHOA PARISH
Ponchatoula is located along Interstate 55 and Louisiana Highway 22, equidistant from New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In the early 1900s, Ponchatoula was one of only two ways to get to New Orleans by land, giving it the title of “Gateway to New Orleans.”
In 2014,113 people were injured as a direct result of vehicular accidents. There was 1 fatality in that year.
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COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND LINKS:
21ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURTHOUSE (TANGIPAHOA)
110 N. Bay Street
Amite, LA 70422
TANGIPAHOA PARISH CLERK OF COURT (two offices)
110 North Bay Street #100
Amite City, LA
318 Northwest Railroad Avenue
FIRST CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL
1600 North Third Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
Russell B. Long Building and Federal Courthouse
777 Florida St., Suite 139
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
PONCHATOULA POLICE DEPARTMENT
110 West Hickory Street
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
TANGIPAHOA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
15475 Club Deluxe Drive
Hammond, LA 70403
(985) 345-6150 Hammond
LOUISIANA STATE POLICE – TROOP L
2600 No. Causeway
Mandeville, LA 70471