Winn Parish Louisiana
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Winn Parish was established in 1852 from lands taken from Catahoula, Natchitoches, and Rapides parish. It is located in the heart of the Kisatchie National Forest
Its seat is Winnfield.
The parish and the town of Winnfield were named in honor of Louisiana state legislator Walter O. Winn by surveyor Dennis Mackie.
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.
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."
Cities, Towns, and
Atlanta * Calvin * Dodson Sikes * Winnfield * Joyce * Saint Maurice * Tannehill
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