Brief Overview of Richland Parish History

On September 29, 1868,
Richland Parish was created on 1868, from Ouachita, Carroll, Franklin and Morehouse Parishes and the parish was named in honor of its rich land. The Parish seat is Rayville.

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Richland Parish Courthouse – 1952

The first courthouse, built in 1870 in the parish seat of Rayville was a two room wood frame building. It was later sold to a church organization who rolled it to the bank of the river, floated it ten miles downstream and converted it to a church which remains in use today. The present courthouse is the parish’s third and was completed in 1952.

Neighboring Parishes:

  • North: Morehouse Parish
  • Northeast: West Carroll Parish; East Carroll Parish
  • East: Madison Parish
  • Southeast: Franklin Parish
  • Southwest: Caldwell Parish
  • West: Ouachita Parish

Cities, Towns, & Communities:

– Alto
– Archibald
– Delhi
– Girard
– Holly Ridge
– Mangham    
– Rayville
– Start