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French: Paroisse de Winn

Winn Parish was established on Feb. 24, 1852 from lands which had belonged to the parishes of Catahoula, Natchitoches, and Rapides. The parish and the town of Winnfield were  named in honor of Louisiana state legislator Walter O. Winn  by surveyor Dennis Mackie.  The Parish seat is Winnfield . Winn Parish was incorporated in 1855 and  is located in the heart of the Kisatchie National Forest. Among the prominent people associated with Winn Parish, Huey P. Long, Earl K. Long, and Oscar K. Allen. All three were governors of Louisiana. Descriptions of the parish seat found in the diary of a passing Confederate soldier stated that Winnfield was an ugly town with only about five ugly buildings. The soldier even described the parish jail as being ugly, and he offered his sympathies to the poor soul who had broken any law that would cause him to have to stay in such a lockup. A later description by a government surveyor in the late 1800s gives a similar description. Sadly, Winn Parish was poor from birth. Today Winn Parish resembles a step back in time. Full of Historical homes and buildings built long ago. The stories and legends of ancestors repeated over time, from generation to generation, tell of outlaws and bandits, governors and politicians, oilmen and railroad men. The era of the Indians and before and after the Civil War. Winn Parish in 1861 seceded from Union, and became the "Free State of Winn."



Adjacent parishes

Jackson Parish (north)
Caldwell Parish (northeast)
La Salle Parish (southeast)
Grant Parish (south)
Natchitoches Parish (west)
Bienville Parish (northwest)


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Dodson Sikes
Saint Maurice


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