The newest addition Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Winn Parish from the Friends of the Louisiana Political Museum Foundation. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.
The uniqueness of Winn Parish is its vast history not only of deep-rooted politics, but also of scattered communities that once prospered on its timber, railroads, salt mine, and rock quarry. The arrival of railroads more than a century ago opened virgin pine forests to commercial logging, and timber mills sprang up, flourished, and then disappeared as resources were depleted. Centuries' use of a saltworks foretold development of a successful salt mine, but the discovery of a nearby rock quarry was an accident.
Winn was carved from the north-central Louisiana parishes of Natchitoches, Catahoula, and Rapides by an 1852 legislative act. Parish seat Winnfield is readily known as the birthplace of populist demagogue Huey P. Long, and it was also home to two other governors, brother Earl K. Long and handpicked successor O.K. Allen. The parish had its dark side, too, as bandits like the West and Kimbrell Clan roamed the southern regions.
Highlights of Winn Parish:
• The majority of the images were donated from private collections and local residents.
• Profits from the sale of the book will be utilized by the Friends to complete repairs on the Fisher House located on Main Street which will house the Dewey Allen family furniture collection.
• The book contains a sampling of photographs about forestry, railroads, old businesses, people, politics, early lifestyle, schools and churches.
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