Vernon Parish
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Vernon Parish History
On March 30, 1871, the Louisiana General Assembly passed an act designating the creation of Vernon Parish, to be named in honor of Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington. Vernon Parish was created by taking parts from the parishes of Natchitoches, Rapides, and Sabine. Leesville has been the parish seat of Vernon since the parish was created, though it wasn't incorporated until February 15, 1900.

It was a center of the timber industry, which harvested pine in the hills and bottomland hardwoods. Construction of a railway to the area in 1897 stimulated marketing of lumber and businesses in the area.


Vernon Parish is well known because of a military base named Fort Polk. Construction of Fort Polk began January 28, 1941 amongst pine forests, a few thrown together shacks and some wire fencing. The camp's first commander, Colonel Otto Wagner, arrived at the post in 1941. Fort Polk was named for Confederate Lieutenant General and Episcopal Bishop Leonides Polk, better known as "the fighting Bishop of the Confederacy."


The parish seat is Leesville

Cities
Leesville
DeRidder (most of DeRidder is in Beauregard Parish, with a very small portion in Vernon)


Towns
Hornbeck ~ New Llano ~ Rosepine

Villages
Anacoco ~ Simpson

Census-designated places
Fort Polk North ~ Fort Polk South ~ Pitkin

Unincorporated Communities
 Burr Ferry ~ Caney ~ Coopers ~ Cravens ~ Evans ~ Fullerton ~ Hawthorne ~ Hicks ~ Hutton ~
Kurthwood ~ Lacamp ~ Leander ~ Pickering ~ Sandy Hill ~ Slagle ~ Standard ~ Temple
 


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Website Updates:
Nov 2017:  obits for HUNT, DICKERSON, ROBERTS, PARKER, JOHNSON, WALKER, WINFREE, MCALPINE.  Sicklist news for SMART, MCCOOL, WELSH.  Miscellaneous news for SMART.  Gossip and Visiting news for CLARK, CONLIN, COPELAND, SMART, PERKINS, DENNIS, HART, LAWRENCE, LEE, RELEHAN

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Sabine Parish (northwest)
Natchitoches Parish (north)
Rapides Parish (east)
Allen Parish (southeast)
Beauregard Parish (south)
Newton County, Texas (west)


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