Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
|Catahoula Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Tensas word for big, clear lake|
739 sq mi (1,915 km²)
704 sq mi (1,822 km²)
36 sq mi (93 km²), 4.84%
16/sq mi (6/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Catahoula Parish (French: Paroisse de Catahoula) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its seat is Harrisonburg, located on the Ouachita River, which forms the eastern boundary of the parish. In 2000, the population of the parish was 10,920.
Coatahoula Parish was the home to many succeeding Native American groups in the thousands of years before European settlements began. Peoples of the Marksville culture, Troyville culture, Coles Creek culture and Plaquemine culture built villages and mound sites throughout the area. Notable examples include Peck Mounds, and the Troyville Earthworks. The Troyville Earthworks have components dating from 100 BCE to 700 CE during the Baytown to the Troyville-Coles Creek periods. It once had the tallest mound in Louisiana at 82 feet (25 m) in height and the second-tallest mound in North America (after Monk's Mound at Cahokia Mounds), but it was destroyed to make way for the Jonesville bridge over the Black River.
Historic era 
At the start of the American Civil War, James G. Taliaferro, a delegate to the state secessionist convention from Catahoula Parish, argued strongly against leaving the American Union. Taliaferro "denied the constitutional right [of a state] to leave the Union and painted a gloomy picture of economic chaos, blighted prosperity, staggering taxation and 'fatal prostration of Louisiana's interests under a southern Confederation,' and he could see no way ahead to prevent final anarchy and war. So 'radical' were the ideas of Taliaferro that the convention refused to print his protest in the pages of [its journal]."
Although the parish trends Democratic, in the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama of Illinois received only 1,659 votes (31.8 percent) compared to 3,486 (66.7 percent) for the Republican nominee, John S. McCain of Arizona. The 2008 totals mirrored those of 2004, when Catahoula Parish cast 3,219 (65.0 percent) for President George W. Bush and 1,673 ballots (34.8 percent) for his Democratic rival, Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts. Local officials are almost entirely Democratic in affiliation, and Republicans rarely contest such elections.
Catahoula Hog Dog 
Catahoula Parish lays claim to its namesake Catahoula Leopard dog breed. The Catahoula breed was owned by Colonel James "Jim" Bowie of the Alamo and his brother Rezin Bowie, both of Alabama. During the early 1900s, Theodore Roosevelt used the Catahoula when hunting. Louisiana Governor Earl Kemp Long also collected these dogs.
The parish has a total area of 739 square miles (1,914.0 km2), of which 704 square miles (1,823.4 km2) is land and 35 square miles (90.6 km2) (4.84%) is water. It is bordered by the Ouachita River on the east.
Major highways 
Adjacent parishes 
- Franklin Parish (north)
- Tensas Parish (northeast)
- Concordia Parish (east)
- Avoyelles Parish (south)
- La Salle Parish (west)
- Caldwell Parish (northwest)
||Caldwell Parish||Franklin Parish||Tensas Parish|
|La Salle Parish||Concordia Parish|
National protected area 
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,920 people, 4,082 households, and 2,992 families residing in the parish. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,351 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 71.78% White, 27.12% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,082 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.
|Catahoula Parish Census Data|
In the parish the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $22,528, and the median income for a family was $27,206. Males had a median income of $26,181 versus $18,427 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,608. About 22.60% of families and 28.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.80% of those under age 18 and 20.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Unincorporated areas 
Water features 
Catahoula Parish School Board operates local public schools.
Notable natives and residents 
- J.C. "Sonny" Gilbert, politician
- St. John Richardson Liddell, Confederate general in the American Civil War, owned large plantation in Catahoula Parish
- David I. Patten, politician
- Joe Raymond Peace, football coach
- William S. Peck, Jr., politician
- William S. Peck, Sr., politician
- Dan Richey, politician
- Chris Shivers, two-time (2000, 2003) PBR World Champion bull rider
- Sean Patrick Flanery, actor (The Boondock Saints), born in Lake Charles in 1965.
National Guard 
The 1087TH Transportation Company of the 165TH CSS (combat service support) Battalion of the 139TH RSG (regional support group) resides in Jonesville, Louisiana.
See also 
- "Indian Mounds of Northeast Louisiana : Troyville Earthworks". Retrieved 2011-10-22.
- John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 13
- "Louisiana general election returns, November 4, 2008". sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
- "Louisiana general election returns, November 2, 2004". sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved June 15, 2010.[dead link]
- Cracker Catahoulas
- Molosser World: Catahoula Bulldog
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2008-02-02.
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- Heinrich, P. V., 2008, Woodville 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle. Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.