How Richland Parish’s ARCHIBALD Got It’s Name

Archibald (Richland) – Archibald was settled during and immediately following the Civil War. Most of the first settlers came from Alabama and eastern Mississippi when Federal forces occupied their homelands. Archibald was named for J. Burton Archibald, who deeded the right-of-way when the railroad came through in the 1880s. Before that time, as there were no roads or railroads, goods and supplies were received by steamboat on the Boeuf River at Alto during high water in the spring and winter months.

Leeper, Clare D’Artois. Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2012. Print.

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  1. My great grandfather was Coster McIntosh Archibald . I’ve always knew we had family ties to this town but to actually to research it’s amazing all the relatives I have there. McIntosh ,William’s , Chapman’s and Archibald’s. I just wish I could Coster McIntosh Archibald’s grave. His headstone paper say Union Church cemetery in Buckner .I was in 1970 and there’s no church or grave in Richland parish of that name.

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