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West Carroll
Parish
{French: Paroisse de Carroll Ouest}

The parish was formed in 1877, when Carroll Parish was split in two. The parish seat is Oak Grove. Previous to 1906, when a branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad was run through the town, Oak Grove had been a negligible settlement called Pin Hook. It is said that during the War between the States some Federal soldiers rode up to one of the small stores and demanded to know if there was anything for sale. The storekeeper answered casually, "Oh yes, pins and hooks, pins and hooks." Whenever court is held in Oak Grove an old plantation bell is rung. This bell is mounted on a high scaffold at the rear of the courthouse. It was moved from Floyd, the original parish seat, and was once used to guide lost people back to safety from the swamp east of Bayou Macon, as well as for a signal for social gatherings.

Adjacent parishes


Chicot County, Arkansas (north)
East Carroll Parish (east)
Richland Parish (south)
Morehouse Parish (west)

 

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Epps
Kilbourne
Oak Grove
Forest
Pioneer

 

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