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Washington Parish History
 Washington Parish was formed March 6,  1819 by splitting off from St. Tammany Parish. It was named in honor of  George Washington.  Franklinton was founded in 1819, originally under the name of Franklin, but in 1826 the name was changed to Franklinton since there was already another town with the same name in St. Mary Parish.
Franklinton became the parish seat on February 10, 1821.
Bogalusa is the only incorporated city in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Incorporated in July 4, 1914.

This area was rural and forested with virgin longleaf pine. In the early 20th century, entrepreneurial brothers Frank and Charles W. Goodyear, already successful businessmen from Buffalo, New York, purchased hundreds of thousands of acres of forest in this area and in southwestern Mississippi. They established the Great Southern Lumber Company, constructed a huge sawmill (the largest in the world at the time) in the middle of the forest, and developed Bogalusa, Louisiana, as a company town. It had housing for workers and supervisors, several hotels, churches, a YMCA and YWCA, schools, and other services in a year, opening facilities in 1907. To access the timber and transport processed lumber from the mill to markets, they built the New Orleans Great Northern Railroad, connecting Bogalusa to the port.

The virgin forest was harvested, and the sawmill run by Great Southern Lumber Company closed in 1938. The paper mill and chemical operations continued. Gradually in the late 20th century, these operations declined; as jobs left, the population dropped.  [source: wikipedia]

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Angie ~ Bogalusa ~ Enon ~ Franklinton ~ Jenkins - Mount Hermon ~ Thomas ~ Varnado ~ Warnerton


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Website Updates:
Nov 2017:  Gossip and Visiting News: BURRIS, BICKHAM, PITTMAN, SHOEMAKER, PIGOTT, DUNN.  Obituaries for MAGEE, MULANY, REESE, BULLOCK, SULLIVAN, MITCHELL, SCHRALL, KING, BALL, BICKHAM, STRINGFIELD, CAMARANTA, SMITH.  Biographies for BATEMAN, BURRIS, FAUST, VARNADO, WARREN.  Marriage Announcement for FOIL-RAYBORN, HENRY - MARTIN; MAGEE - BALL; MOGABGAB - JOPES; PITTMAN - HOGG.  Sicklist news for COERKERN, GAYER, CONERLY, MAGEE

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Pike County, Mississippi (northwest)
Walthall County, Mississippi (north)
Marion County, Mississippi (northeast)
Pearl River County, Mississippi (east)
St. Tammany Parish (south)
Tangipahoa Parish (west)


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