Shongaloo, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 32°56′17″N 93°17′54″W / 32.93806°N 93.29833°W / 32.93806; -93.29833
City of Shongaloo
City
Shongaloo, LA, Civic Center IMG 0662.JPG
Shongaloo Civic Center
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Webster
Elevation 256 ft (78 m)
Coordinates 32°56′17″N 93°17′54″W / 32.93806°N 93.29833°W / 32.93806; -93.29833
Area 7.9 sq mi (20.5 km2)
 - land 7.9 sq mi (20 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 178 (2010)
Density 21.7 / sq mi (8.4 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Location of Shongaloo in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Shongaloo is a village in Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States.

West of Shongaloo on Louisiana Highway 2 is Munn Hill, a homestead of Daniel and Rebecca Munn, established on July 26, 1900.

Shongaloo has a civic center for town council meetings as well as general usage. There is an adjacent museum with a restored log cabin.

Geography[edit]

Shongaloo is located at 32°56′17″N 93°17′54″W / 32.93806°N 93.29833°W / 32.93806; -93.29833 (32.938129, -93.298369).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2). 7.9 square miles (20 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.38%) is water.

Mt. Paran Baptist Church is lined with flags in observance of Memorial Day 2009.

Transportation[edit]

Shongaloo is connected to other cities by road. Currently, there is no air or boat access directly to the village. Air transportation is possible by using the Springhill Airport (15–20 minutes) or using the Shreveport Regional Airport (60–80 minutes). Shongaloo is connected to Sarepta and Homer by LA 2. Shongaloo is also connected to Magnolia and Minden by LA 159 (the highway name changes as you go into Arkansas to AR 19). LA 157 connects Shongaloo to Springhill and ALT LA 2 and LA 615 to Haynesville.

Interstate 69[edit]

Proposals have been made to build Interstate 69 south of the city around the community of Leton and east of the city near Haynesville. Currently, Shongaloo will have access to the freeway via an exit at LA 159, LA 2, and ALT 2.

Name meaning and pronunciation[edit]

Shongaloo is an Indian term meaning "Running Water" or "Cypress Tree". Shongaloo is pronounced Shawn-ga-lew.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 162 people, 65 households, and 47 families residing in the village. The population density was 20.5 inhabitants per square mile (7.9/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 9.7 per square mile (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.15% White, 0.62% Native American, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 65 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,809. About 5.0% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 18.8% of those sixty-five or over.

Local Channels[edit]

Local channels

Channel Number Network City of licence
KTBS 3 ABC Shreveport, Louisiana
KTAL 6 NBC Shreveport, Louisiana
KTVE 10 NBC El Dorado, Arkansas
KSLA 12 CBS Shreveport, Louisiana
KPXJ 21 The CW Minden, Louisiana
KLTS 24 PBS/LPB Shreveport, Louisiana
KMSS 33 FOX Shreveport, Louisiana
KSHV 45 MNT Shreveport, Louisiana

Shongaloo is located in the Shreveport/Texarkana broadcasting market (#82 DMA Market).

Education[edit]

North Webster Lower Elementary School on Louisiana Highway 2 is located in the plant of the defunct Shongaloo High School.
The Shongaloo Museum is a log cabin structure behind the Civic Center.

North Webster Lower Elementary School, formerly Shongaloo High School before 2011, serves Shongaloo, Sarepta, and Cotton Valley for Pre-K-2nd graders. The school was formed during consolidation which moved Shongaloo 3rd-12th grade students to various schools within Webster Parish. In 1979, the Shongaloo Tiger baseball team won the Louisiana Class C Championship.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • Daniel Miles "Champ" Branton (born 1949), former mayor of Shongaloo
  • Parey Pershing Branton, Sr., former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, the Webster Parish School Board, and mayor of Shongaloo; father of Daniel Branton
  • Robert L. Frye - Republican nominee for state education superintendent in 1972, was born in Shongaloo in 1927.[3]
  • E.D. Gleason (1899–1959), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1952 until his death in office
  • Mary Smith Gleason (1899–1967) of the nearby Evergreen Community succeeded her husband as a member of the Louisiana House from 1959-1960.
  • Talmadge L. Heflin, born in Shongaloo, is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives.
  • Leland G. Mims (1901–1979), businessman and president of the Webster Parish Police Jury, the parish governing board, from 1956–1973, was born in the Evergreen Community southwest of Shongaloo.
  • Carlus D. Morgan (1917–2007), educator and member of the Webster Parish Police Jury from 1988–1992, resided in the Evergreen community.
  • J. L. Munn, member of the Webster Parish Police Jury from Shongaloo from 1936–1952
  • Gary Steven Sexton (born 1953), sheriff of Webster Parish since 2004
  • Franklin Sims, reptile expert in the 1970s; son of Samuel "Sammy" and Sheila Sims
  • Bobby J. Myers, Master's degree in Finance from the University of Houston, former Captain, United States Air Force, and Texas county executive

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Robert L. Frye". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, February 6, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 

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