Winn Parish

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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.
ISBN: 9780738586939
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Many of the photographs that recreate Winn's colorful history have been donated to the Louisiana Political Museum, but most were provided by individuals specifically for Images of America: Winn Parish. Background and text accompanying photographs were compiled by Friends of the Museum, volunteers cooperating in support of the museum since it opened in 1993 (the centennial of Huey P. Long's birth).
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