First, Tangipahoa means “ear of corn” or “those who gather corn,” referring to the sub-tribe of Acolapissa. Officially established in 1869, Tangipahoa Parish is one of the few parishes in Southern Louisiana created during the Reconstruction Era. The parish was created from Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, and Washington Parish territory. As business interests grew out of timber and agriculture, and later on manufacturing industries, it became inconvenient to travel to nearby parishes’ seats of government to conduct business, thus facilitating the creation of the parish.
Today, the focus on a business-friendly and family-friendly environment continues with communities such as Hammond, Ponchatoula, Kentwood, and Amite City – all ready to welcome you home.