The following works were written in conjunction with the WPA (Works Progress Administration of Louisiana), ca., 1935. These documents have been recently digitized as part of the Louisiana Digital Library, and are… Read More
It’s difficult to find a better source than the works of Bennie McLain Hixon (1923-2014), when it comes to research on Richland Parish and particularly, the first settlements along Boeuf River. Thanks… Read More
Back in August of 1991, many Richland Parish residents will remember the excitement and buzz about the first annual “Pickin’ and Ginnin’ Festival.” The festival always drew large crowds, but after a while, the work involved to pull off a successful festival became too great, and the festival eventually ended. Jennie Joe Siscoe, who often wrote several great historical columns for the Beacon, penned this history about growing cotton in Richland Parish.
This is an account of an encounter by a young woman who claims to have seen Jesse James and to have had an encounter with him in Delhi, Louisiana. The Times-Democrat. New Orleans,… Read More
This church was destroyed within the last twenty-five years, but it’s history was and still is a cherished one. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places back in 1989…. Read More
1929 Rayville Hornet State Championship Football Team Sat, Jan 11, 1930 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com In the picture standing, left to right:… Read More
Acele F. Stephens, Mrs. George Wesley Smith of Rayville was the First Elected Female Alderman in Louisiana
Her name was Acele F. Stephens/Smith. She was the wife of a prominent attorney in Rayville who had previously served the town as Mayor. On several of her campaign cards and letters in the paper, her candidate name was actually listed as Mrs. George Wesley Smith.
From the Ouachita Telegraph, August 2, 1878, page 3. “Various reports of the affair have reached us, no two of which agree, except that all the observers were looking heavenward, some of… Read More
The Hon. John Ray, James Ray, Henry Bry, and Other Early Distinguished Settlers in Northeast Louisiana
The article below was printed originally in The Ouachita Telegraph on August 25, 1888. It details how this early settler in Northeast Louisiana came in contact with Davy Crockett in Little Rock… Read More
If you are interested in Civil War or local history in Northeast Louisiana, a really good book I recently read is one that was originally written during that time, called Brokenburn –… Read More
In a great article a few years ago in the Bastrop Daily Enterprise, Wes Helbling wrote a great article commemorating the 250th anniversary of The Baron de Bastrop‘s birthday. Much can be said about… Read More
This is a great story written by a local historian, Lora Peppers, about a convict camp that was once located in Crew Lake. It ran in Louisiana Road Trips and was titled… Read More
Dunn is a small community on Highway 80 five miles west of Delhi. Often, people that live in Richland Parish might joke that when God created the heavens and earth, it began… Read More
In a televised concert that aired nationwide, “Sing Me Home,” McGraw’s first TV concert special, was filmed near his boyhood home of Start, La.
Let’s take a look at some statistics, and the results from every Presidential Campaign since Richland Parish Louisiana was created in 1868.
Girard (Richland) – Girard is on the west bank of the Boeuf River, where it is crossed by Highway 80 and the Illinois Central Railroad. Girard has the distinction of being the… Read More
This information is courtesy of William Eugene Griffin, of Palm Springs, CA. One of the earliest post offices in what is now Richland Parish was established by Peter Oliver at Deerfield (now… Read More
Warden (Richland) – Warden was previously known as Richland. Its name was changed because its mail was being sent to other places in Louisiana named Richland. The name was changed to Warden,… Read More
Start (Richland) – Start is on Highway 80, six miles west of Rayville, the parish seat. For a number of years James Madison Morgan was postmaster of the Start post office, which… Read More
Mangham (Richland) – Mangham was incorporated in 1907, but a community was there as early as Reconstruction days. In 1915, fire destroyed blocks of the town. The great flood of 1927 brought… Read More