Keachi, Louisiana

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Keachi, Louisiana
Town
Keachi Town Hall
Keachi Town Hall
Location of Keachi in De Soto Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Keachi in De Soto Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°10′55″N 93°54′24″W / 32.18194°N 93.90667°W / 32.18194; -93.90667Coordinates: 32°10′55″N 93°54′24″W / 32.18194°N 93.90667°W / 32.18194; -93.90667
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish DeSoto
Government
 • Mayor Travis Whitfield
Area[1]
 • Total 5.07 sq mi (13.14 km2)
 • Land 5.03 sq mi (13.03 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation 335 ft (102 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 295
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 293
 • Density 58.23/sq mi (22.48/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-39085
Welcome sign to Historic Keachi
The Presbyterian Church in Keachi dates to 1848 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Keachi (pronounced "key-chai"; also spelled Keatchie or Keachie) is a town in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 295 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the ShreveportBossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Keachi features several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including Allen House, Keachi Baptist Church, Keachi Presbyterian Church, Keachi Store, Keachi United Methodist Church, Liberty Lodge, The Oaks, Prude House, Spell House, and the Swearingen House.[4] It also includes Keachie College.

During the American Civil War, the Keatchie "highlanders" obtained $1,500 from the DeSoto Parish Police Jury for the war effort. The highlanders were known for their unusual dress, kilts and plaids, purchased with these funds.[5]

Andy V. Loftus, a banker, farmer, and rancher who died at the age of seventy-seven on April 18, 2016, had been scheduled to be inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Club Hall of Fame in Mansura in Avoyelles Parish for his civic and community contributions to DeSoto Parish. The Shreveport Times agriculture editor Jack Dillard said that Loftus "will not be replaced, he will be missed."[6]

Geography[edit]

Keachi is located in northwestern DeSoto Parish at 32°10′55″N 93°54′24″W / 32.18194°N 93.90667°W / 32.18194; -93.90667 (32.182055, -93.906658).[7] Louisiana Highway 5 passes through the town, leading east 4 miles (6 km) to Kickapoo and south 7 miles (11 km) to Longstreet. Highway 172 leads west 8 miles (13 km) to the Texas border, and Highway 789 leads north 10 miles (16 km) to Spring Ridge. Shreveport is 32 miles (51 km) to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Keachi has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.1 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.81%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 316
1890 326 3.2%
1960 345
1970 328 −4.9%
1980 342 4.3%
1990 277 −19.0%
2000 323 16.6%
2010 295 −8.7%
Est. 2016 293 [2] −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 323 people, 135 households, and 91 families residing in the town. The population density was 64.4 people per square mile (24.8/km²). There were 147 housing units at an average density of 29.3 per square mile (11.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 65.33% White, 29.41% African American, 2.17% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

There were 135 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,071, and the median income for a family was $41,667. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,225. About 17.9% of families and 23.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.6% of those under age 18 and 26.2% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Keachi town, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 38
  6. ^ Jack Dillard. "Agriculture industry loses two of its finest". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.