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De Soto Parish

De Soto Parish Map
Formed in 1843 from parts of Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish and named for Hernando de Soto, explorer The parish seat is Mansfield was incorporated in 1847. Desoto parish was formed from parts of Caddo and Natchitoches parishes. In the l820's communities began to develop. The first was Cow Pens and the second was Screamerville. In June 1843 the first police jury meets at Screamerville, settled by English speaking settlers and located about two miles west of present-day Grand Cane. The French settlers who had been in the area much longer wanted the parish seat in Old Augusta, a steamboat landing on Bayou Pierre.

In August of 1843 a courthouse of log construction is built halfway between the two communities Both are now just a part of the parish's  history. Desoto parish is often referred to as a "Diamond in the Forest." 

Mansfield is the parish seat

Adjacent parishes
Caddo Parish (north)
Red River Parish (east)
Natchitoches Parish (southeast)
Sabine Parish (south)
Shelby County, Texas (southwest)
Panola County, Texas (west)

Cities and towns


Grand Cane
South Mansfield



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