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GONZALES
Advocate staff report

Gonzales serves as the financial, commercial, industrial, social and political center of the eastern portion of Ascension Parish. Gonzales is located just off Interstate 10 and east of the Mississippi River, 22 miles from Baton Rouge and 59 miles from New Orleans.

The Tanger Outlet Center, a regional shopping destination with 99 stores, is regarded by many as the crown jewel of Gonzales. And the area around it in the part of the city just south of Interstate 10 is continuing to see economic growth.

The Conway development, a 344-acre, mixed-use community on La. 44 that broke ground in 2016, will be bringing shops, apartments and homes to Gonzales, along with a large open green space for concerts and other events, free to the public.

Change is also coming to the older part of Gonzales along Burnside Avenue, where a Main Street District has been established to encourage a walkable city center. Just blocks from the district is the site the city hopes will one day be a train stop along a commuter rail line between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

HISTORY

Originally known as Edenborn, named after William Edenborn, the man responsible for building the local railways, the state Legislature changed the community’s name to Gonzales in 1910. Gonzales was incorporated in 1922.

The local general store and post office were named after Joseph “Tee Joe” Gonzales, who built the store in 1887. His great-great grandfather, Jose Gonzales, settled in the area in 1778 as a Spanish soldier and served in the Amite River fort at Galveztown. The lifestyle, food and music are a fusion of native American, French, Spanish, African, Acadian, German and Italian influences. Officials

MAYOR: Barney Arceneaux, (225) 647-2841, www.gonzalesla.com
POLICE: Chief Sherman Jackson, (225) 647-7511, www.gonzalespd.org
FIRE: Chief Tracey Normand, (225) 644-5307, www.gonzalesfd.com