Richland Parish, Louisiana

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Richland Parish, Louisiana
Parish
Richland Parish
Alto Presbyterian Church.jpg
Alto Presbyterian Church
Map of Louisiana highlighting Richland Parish
Location in the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
32°25′18″N 91°45′43″W / 32.421736°N 91.762070°W / 32.421736; -91.762070
Founded September 29, 1878
Named for Rich, Fertile Land
Largest Town Rayville
Area
 • Total 576 sq mi (1,492 km2)
 • Land 559 sq mi (1,448 km2)
 • Water 9.375 sq mi (24 km2), 1.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2017) 20,411
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5

Richland Parish is a parish located in the North Louisiana Delta Country in the U.S. state of Louisiana, known for its fertile, flat farmland, cane brakes, and open spaces. The name Richland was chosen due to the rich production from farming.

History[edit]

The parish was officially created on September 29, 1868.[1] Rayville, Louisiana, the parish seat, was named for John Ray, a politician from Monroe with large land holdings in present day Rayville.[2]

Richland Parish is home to the first public parish library in the State of Louisiana, the Rhymes Memorial Library. The library was built in 1925 by the Lambda Kappa Club of Rayville. R.R. Rhymes donated the original building in memory of his wife, Nonnie Roark Rhymes.[3]

Geography[edit]

Bayou Macon flows through the western areas of Richland. Other tributaries in the parish include Crew Lake, and the Lafourche Diversion Canal are located in the western portion of the parish. Boeuf River flows from the northern end to the southern end in the center of the parish.

Adjacent parishes[edit]

Parks and Wildlife management areas[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Bridge crossing the Boeuf River on Hwy 15 near Alto, LA
Interstates and State Highways
I-20.svg Interstate 20
US 80.svg U.S. Highway 80
Louisiana 15.svg Louisiana Highway 15
Louisiana 17.svg Louisiana Highway 17
Louisiana 585.svg Louisiana Highway 585
Louisiana 132 (2008).svg Louisiana Highway 132
Louisiana 133 (2008).svg Louisiana Highway 133
Louisiana 135 (2008).svg Louisiana Highway 135
Air, Rail, Levee
Airport icon small.png Rayville Municipal Airport
Airport icon small.png Delhi Municipal Airport
Airport icon small.png Monroe Regional Airport
Kansas city south lines logo.svg Kansas City Southern Railroad
LA 15 bridge over Boeuf River.jpg Tensas Basin Levee District

Population Trends[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18705,110
18808,44065.2%
189010,23021.2%
190011,1168.7%
191015,76941.9%
192020,86032.3%
193026,37426.4%
194028,8299.3%
195026,672−7.5%
196023,824−10.7%
197021,774−8.6%
198022,1871.9%
199020,629−7.0%
200020,9811.7%
201020,725−1.2%
Est. 201620,430[4]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[9]

As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,725.[9] The parish seat is Rayville.[10]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

  • Delhi Elementary
  • Delhi Junior High
  • Delhi High School
  • Holli Ridge Elementary
  • Mangham Elementary
  • Mangham Junior High
  • Mangham High School
  • Rayville Elementary
  • Rayville Junior High
  • Rayville, High School
  • Start Elementary

Private Schools[edit]

  • Riverfield Academy, K-12

Charter Schools[edit]

  • Delhi Charter, K-12

Community & Technical Colleges[edit]

Regional Universities[edit]

Business and industry[edit]

Richland Parish is home to the Franklin Farms Megasite, which consists of 1,440 acres and is located on I-20. There are roughly 4,000 additional acres located all around the primary site, all with one owner, ideally situated for supplier locations.

Richland Parish Ag Center

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Village[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Other notable place names include Bardel, Bee Bayou, Buckner, Charlieville, Goff, Jonesburg, New Light, Producers Spur, Sun Spur, and Warden.

Government[edit]

Parish Administration Administrators
Sheriff Gary Gilley, No Party
Coroner Dr. Matt Prine, Republican
Assessor Emmett "Lee" Brown, III, Democrat
School Board Superintendent Sheldon Jones
Homeland Security Dawn Williams
Parish Police Jury Police Jurors
District 1, Delhi Steve" Craig, Republican
District 2, Delhi Patrick Stubblefield, Democrat
District 3, Rayville Sharon Gee, Democrat
District 4, Rayville James "Steve" Lofton, Republican
District 5, Rayville Paul Slayter, Republican
District 6, Rayville Althan Smith, Democrat
District 7, Alto Cecil Reddick, Republican
District 8, Start Elliot Colvin, Republican
District 9, Mangham Roy Wiggins, Jr., Republican
5th Judicial District Parish Judicial Leaders
Division "A" Clay Hamilton, Republican
Division "B" Will Rhymes Barham, Republican
Division "C" "Steve" Dean, Republican
Clerk of Court Stacie Williamson, Republican
Parish School Board Board Members
District 1, Delhi "Billy" Calvert, No Party
District 2, Delhi Eugene Young, Jr., Democrat
District 3, Rayville Moses "DeJohn" Wilkins, Democrat
District 4, Rayville James Hough, Republican
District 5, Rayville Alece Copeland, No Party
District 6, Rayville Marie Lewis, Democrat
District 7, Archibald Joe Chapman, No Party
District 8, Start Kevin Eppinette, No Party
District 9, Mangham "Chris" Pruitt, Republican

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 65.5% 6,287 32.9% 3,157 1.6% 153
2012 62.7% 5,846 36.3% 3,387 1.0% 96
2008 62.6% 5,751 36.1% 3,311 1.3% 119
2004 63.1% 5,471 35.6% 3,082 1.3% 112
2000 57.7% 4,895 38.7% 3,282 3.6% 308
1996 43.2% 3,765 47.6% 4,143 9.2% 802
1992 42.8% 3,808 41.6% 3,706 15.6% 1,389
1988 62.9% 5,226 34.1% 2,833 3.1% 256
1984 65.8% 5,980 32.1% 2,918 2.0% 185
1980 54.6% 4,772 42.8% 3,745 2.6% 227
1976 49.9% 3,630 48.1% 3,495 2.0% 145
1972 70.8% 4,304 22.0% 1,335 7.2% 440
1968 16.0% 1,031 15.7% 1,017 68.3% 4,415
1964 85.8% 4,498 14.2% 747
1960 35.6% 1,378 25.7% 996 38.6% 1,495
1956 29.9% 1,063 30.8% 1,094 39.4% 1,400
1952 39.7% 1,645 60.3% 2,499
1948 4.7% 119 37.9% 960 57.4% 1,456
1944 19.0% 488 81.1% 2,087
1940 11.4% 310 88.6% 2,417
1936 6.4% 165 93.5% 2,425 0.2% 4
1932 2.5% 46 97.4% 1,773 0.1% 1
1928 18.3% 242 81.7% 1,083
1924 14.6% 116 85.4% 678
1920 7.0% 50 93.0% 664
1916 1.1% 7 98.9% 650
1912 0.5% 2 89.9% 393 9.6% 42

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richland Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Leeper, Clare D’Artois (2012). Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. p. 204.
  3. ^ "Richland Library First To Form Under New Law" (page 3). The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana). Newspapers.com. 13 Jan 1928. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-07.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°25′N 91°46′W / 32.42°N 91.76°W / 32.42; -91.76