Incorporated in 1911, Mamou is the second largest community in Evangeline Parish. The area encompassing Mamou was known as the Mamou Prairie as far back as the 1700's. The French, Spanish, and Acadians settled the Mamou Prairie in the early 1800's.
C. C. Duson of Eunice laid out the community of Mamou in 1907. He was president of the Mamou Townsite Company that opened an office that held lot auctions weekly. The original village covered one square mile.
Today, Mamou is world renown for its ongoing celebration of its Cajun culture and music. Because of this, the Louisiana State Legislature designated the community the “Cajun Music Capital of the World.”
Mamou and Sprimont, Belgium – 1998