An Account of the Solar Eclipse of 1878 in Northeast LA

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 them for the first time in their lives" "The cocks crew once, twice and thrice, and the chickens, guineas and other fowls sought … Continue reading An Account of the Solar Eclipse of 1878 in Northeast LA

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 while traveling south to Monroe; met Jim Bowie in Monroe, and helped connect Bowie to Crockett in his company heading west to the … Continue reading The Hon. John Ray, James Ray, Henry Bry, and Other Early Distinguished Settlers in Northeast Louisiana

Local Book Review: Kate Stone’s Brokenburn, with Mentions of Delhi and Crew Lake

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 - The Journal of Kate Stone (1861-1868). A beautifully written account of what life was like from day to day for her family and … Continue reading Local Book Review: Kate Stone’s Brokenburn, with Mentions of Delhi and Crew Lake

The Baron de Bastrop

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 this mysterious land shark today, and the impact he had on how current land use has developed from generation to generation can often be dated … Continue reading The Baron de Bastrop

The Crew Lake Horror

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 the Crew Lake Horror. Thanks Lora! Be sure to check her column out! Here's an excerpt.  Back in November, a friend named Marlon … Continue reading The Crew Lake Horror

How the community of DUNN got it’s name

Dunn is a small community on Highway 80 five miles west of Delhi. Often, people that live in Richland Parish will politely be happy to tell you, that  "when God created the heavens and earth, he started in Start, LA and finished in Dunn, LA." Both communities are located in Richland Parish, roughly 20 miles … Continue reading How the community of DUNN got it’s name

How Richland Parish’s GIRARD Got It’s Name

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 oldest settlement in the parish. Henry Bry, a land agent for Stephen Girard, an American financier from Philadelphia, established it in 1821. Girard … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s GIRARD Got It’s Name

Peter Oliver – Deerfield (Delhi) Post Office – 1840’s

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 Delhi) in the 1840's:Oliver, Peter - “Roads had begun to improve, and freight wagons were in vogue during dry weather. Overland mail routes were being … Continue reading Peter Oliver – Deerfield (Delhi) Post Office – 1840’s

How Richland Parish’s WARDEN Got It’s Name

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, after a Mr. Warden who lived there. The name changed from Richland to Warden in August 1933, while Mary Southall (who was appointed … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s WARDEN Got It’s Name

How Richland Parish’s START Got It’s Name

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 was in his store. Nearby was a small rail station, Crew Lake, where most of the trains stopped. The people there decided they … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s START Got It’s Name

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