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Vernon
Parish

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. 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."

Cities & Towns

Anacoco
Fort Polk
Hornbeck
Leesville
New Llano
Rosepine
Simpson

Home of Fort Polk Military Base

Adjacent 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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