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Winn Parish, Louisiana

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The parish was founded in 1852. It was named for Walter Winn or Winfield Scott.

There was little military action in Winn Parish during the Civil War, but there was a problem with conscripts fleeing into the wooded areas to avoid military duty. That these conscripts refused to fight for the Confederacy is understandable considering that Union support was higher in north Louisiana, and especially high in Winn Parish. The Confederate States Army defeated a Union detachment sent to destroy a salt works in the parish. Winn Parish contributed to the $80,000 raised to build fortifications on the nearby Red River.

After the war, bandits roamed the Natchez Trace or Harrisonburg Road that ran through the lower part of the parish. Among the worst were the West and Kimbrell clan. For seven years they preyed especially on travelers and migrants passing through the area.

Winn Parish is the home of the former Long family Democratic political dynasty, started by Huey Long. It is the birthplace of three governors of Louisiana. Governor Earl Long is buried in Winnfield in a public square known as the Earl K. Long State Park.

Adjacent Parishes

Cities, Towns, Villages & Communities

  • Atlanta
  • Calvin
  • Dodson
  • Jordan Hill
  • Joyce
  • Packton
  • Saint Maurice
  • Sikes
  • Tannehill
  • Tullos (part)
  • Wheeling
  • Winnfield (County Seat)

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