Dixie Inn, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 32°35′40″N 93°20′12″W / 32.59444°N 93.33667°W / 32.59444; -93.33667
Village of Dixie Inn
Village
Village of Dixie Inn, LA IMG 1531.JPG
Dixie Inn Village Hall
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Webster
Elevation 167 ft (50.9 m)
Coordinates 32°35′40″N 93°20′12″W / 32.59444°N 93.33667°W / 32.59444; -93.33667
Area 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 - land 0.3 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 352 (2000)
Density 1,163.9 / sq mi (449.4 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Dixie Inn in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Water tower in Dixie Inn
Nicky's Mexican Restaurant is located at the intersection of the Cotton Valley Highway and Shreveport Road in Dixie Inn.

Dixie Inn is a village in Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 352 at the 2000 census. It is located off Interstate 20 at the old Shreveport Road some twenty-six miles east of Shreveport. Minden, the seat of Webster Parish, is located some two miles to the east. Dixie Inn is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Most of the original houses in Dixie Inn were built during World War II to serve munitions workers at the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant located off U.S. Highway 80 to the east.

Dixie Inn was incorporated in 1956. Clyde A. Stanley (1910–1959) was the first mayor of the village, having defeated James Whit "Tinker" Volentine (1915–1982), 69-54 votes. All but seven of the registered voters participated in the election.[1]

Historic Antioch Baptist Church[edit]

The Antioch Baptist Church in Dixie Inn was first established in September 1858 as the Gum Spring Church, named for a natural spring near the site of what became in the next century the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant. The church moved eastward to the existing site effective February 25, 1872, with the Reverend John Dupree as the first part-time pastor. Antioch observed a centennial ceremony on that same day in 1972. In 1882, fire destroyed the building and all church records. The structure was rebuilt and new rooms were added over the years. In 1943, the church called J. R. Hearron as its first full-time pastor.[2]

In 1957, Antioch opened a new brick-veneer sanctuary, the planning of which had been undertaken during the tenure of pastor Millard Robert Perkins, Sr. (1918–1979), a native of Glenmora in Rapides Parish. However, the construction was not completed until the summer of 1957, by which time Thomas E. Windsor had become the pastor. On October 20, 1957, a few months after the construction of the new sanctuary, all of the church buildings except the pastor's residence were razed by fire. Reconstruction soon began and was completed in October 1959. Since Hearron, the full-time Antioch pastors have included Cecil Basham, J. Guy Allen, Millard Perkins, Thomas Windsor, Jack Edwin Byrd, Sr., Charles W. Wallace, and Malcolm Self. Wayne Reeves was called from Antioch as a pastor in Many, Louisiana.[2] The current pastor is Keith Adams.[3]

Millard Perkins was a graduate of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and had been the pastor of several congregations in Texas and Louisiana, including the Gilgal Baptist Church, originally established in 1842 and based in a 1947 sanctuary located on the Old Arcadia Road near Minden.[4] Prior to his death of a heart attack, he operated Perkins Grill in downtown Minden. He was survived by his wife, the former Pearl Buxton, and five children. Perkins is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana.[5]

Historic Antioch Baptist Church on U.S. Highway 80 in Dixie Inn dates to 1872. It has been twice ravaged by fire, most recently on October 20, 1957, when the sanctuary and the educational building were destroyed. The current church complex opened in October 1959. There is a small cemetery to the right of the church.[6]

Geography[edit]

Dixie Inn is located at 32°35′40″N 93°20′12″W / 32.59444°N 93.33667°W / 32.59444; -93.33667 (32.594552, -93.336707).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 352 people, 146 households, and 88 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,163.9 inhabitants per square mile (453.0/km²). There were 189 housing units at an average density of 624.9 per square mile (243.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 81.25% White, 16.76% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.28% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

There were 146 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.2% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $21,500, and the median income for a family was $19,750. Males had a median income of $28,000 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,303. About 27.2% of families and 29.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.5% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minden Herald, June 13, 1957, p. 1
  2. ^ a b "Antioch Baptist Church Celebrating 100th Year", Minden Press-Herald, February 23, 1972, pp. 1, 8
  3. ^ "Antioch Baptist Church of Minden". antiochbaptistminden.org. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gilgal's name found in Joshua", Minden Press-Herald, August 1, 1986, p. 11B
  5. ^ "Perkins rites are today", Minden Press-Herald, November 30, 1979, p. 1
  6. ^ http://www.wcbcenter.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=20307&PID=535121&Style=
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.