Welcoming to Haynesville: "Gateway to North Louisiana"
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Haynesville is known as the "Gateway to North Louisiana" and the "Butterfly Capital of Louisiana". Loice Kendrick-Lacy of Haynesville has written Gardening To Attract Butterflies: The Beauty And The Beast, released by Sarah Hudson-Pierce's Ritz Publications of Shreveport. The book begins with Kendrick-Lacy as a young girl, when she was introduced to butterflies by her grandmother.
Haynesville was settled in 1818. The community took the name "Haynesville" in 1843 from farmer Samuel Haynes of Georgia, who established Old Haynesville some two miles south of the present site of the town. In 1898, the whole town moved north to meet the railroad, now the Louisiana and Northwest Railroad.
Modern Haynesville was built on a 1920s petroleum boom, one of the largest in Louisiana. For a time, the population reached twenty thousand. The "old boom town" was constructed in what is called Baucum Spur. It consisted of a hotel, restaurants, and saloons.
Haynesville is located at (32.961132, -93.138091).
The most common soil is Eastwood series, which has 3 to 10 inches (76 to 254 mm) of brown very fine sandy loam over 20 inches (510 mm) of red clay. It supports a native forest vegetation of loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, southern red oak, American sweet gum and hickory.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,679 people, 1,087 households, and 709 families residing in the town. The population density was 545.2 people per square mile (210.7/km²). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 253.8 per square mile (98.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 49.42% White, 49.76% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.
There were 1,087 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% 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 3.07.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $20,406, and the median income for a family was $28,295. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $20,278 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,163. About 23.8% of families and 27.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.9% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
In May 1999, the Haynesville Police Department discovered the skeletal remains of Shannon Capers, a 13-year old girl who had been missing since March 8, 1997 in the woods behind the Mill Street Apartments on the north side of town. Capers had lived in the apartments and was murdered by her boyfriend, a local drug dealer named Maurice Tate, who also resided in the apartments.
On December 13, 2013, the Haynesville High School Golden Tornado football team, under Coach David Franklin, won its sixteenth Class 1A state championship with a 42-21 victory over the Mangham Dragons of Mangham High School in Mangham in Richland Parish in a game played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Only John Curtis Christian High School in the New Orleans suburb of River Ridge has won more state championships—twenty-six. The Tornado team was undefeated in the 2013 season. It has also secured seven runner-up designations in state championship games. On November 29, the Tornado in a home game defeated the Montgomery Tigers of Grant Parish, 60 to 14. On December 5, the Tornado competed in Tangipahoa Parish with the Kentwood Kangaroos in the Class 1-A semi-finals, the third time in the last five seasons that Haynesville reached semi-finals competition. Haynesville defeated Kentwood, 31-14, and went to the state championship against Mangham.
Notable natives and residents
- Geoffrey Beene, clothing designer
- Edgar Cason, businessman and philanthropist, former Haynesville resident
- Johnny Copeland, blues guitarist and singer
- Demetric Evans, current NFL football player (San Francisco 49ers)
- Doug Evans, former NFL football player
- John Sidney Garrett, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1968–1972)
- Jim Haynes (born 1933), leading figure in British counter-culture
- George H. Mahon, U.S. Representative from Texas's 19th congressional district from 1935 to 1979, was born in Mahon near Haynesville in 1900.
- Danny Roy Moore, Louisiana state senator from Claiborne and Bienville parishes from 1964 to 1968, born in Haynesville in 1925
- Bob Odom, former Louisiana commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
- Rupert Peyton, politician, historian, journalist; first worked for the Haynesville News
- Larry Sale, sheriff of Claiborne Parish from 1936 to 1944; bodyguard at the assassination of Huey Pierce Long, Jr.
- A. L. Williams, football coach at Fair Park High School, Woodlawn High School (both in Shreveport), Northwestern State University, and Louisiana Tech University; born in Haynesville in 1934; retired in Ruston
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Haynesville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
Haynesville United Methodist Church
First Baptist Church in downtown Haynesville
The First Presbyterian Church in Haynesville
This obelisk erected in 1976 in Bicentennial Park in Haynesville is dedicated to the medical profession. The site is at the former location of a hospital.
The large Old Town Cemetery in south Haynesville contains the grave of John Sidney Garrett.
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- Climate Summary for Haynesville, Louisiana
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