Included in this oral history, which was recorded back in 1991, is a history of each community and the history of their names.
Planter, Police Juror, State Representative, and President of the Tensas Basin Levee District “The Balfours of Boeuf” Written by Stella Balfour Jack, Deceased. Excerpted from Richland Memories, Volume 1. page 13-14 Charles… Read More
“It is imperative that those in high elective office not only hear what the people are saying, they must listen.” “Men must be decided,” he pointed out, “on what they will not… Read More
Richland Parish has had a total of three courthouses since it’s founding in 1868. All three of these courthouses were located in the same location as the present courthouse.
In 1896, Richland Voters Elected This Young Drug-Store Salesman From Alto As Their New Sheriff: The Story of William N. Traylor
In 1896, Richland Parish elected its third Sheriff, William N. Traylor. The election however, was one of the closest elections in parish history, where communities divided and rival accusations reached a boiling… Read More
The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876: Testimony of Richland Parish Residents Before Select Congressional Committee
Congressional Oversight committee hearing interviews with white and black residents of Richland Parish, concerning the highly disputed election results in the 1876 Presidential Election.
The following map shows the northwest portion of present day Richland Parish, as it was in 1850.
From Richard Nance Hixon’s thesis, The Antebellum History of Richland Parish. Northeast Louisiana University, 1990 – Richland Parish (La.) – 384 pages This map shows the now extinct community of “Ion” which was located on… Read More