Richland Parish, Louisiana
|Parish of Richland|
Alto Presbyterian Church
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||September 29, 1878|
|Named for||Fertile (rich) land in the area|
|• Total||576 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||559 sq mi (1,450 km2)|
|• Water||9.375 sq mi (24.28 km2) 1.6%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||36/sq mi (14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
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. The parish seat and largest community is Rayville.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Transportation
- 4 Population Trends
- 5 Education
- 6 Communities
- 7 Government
- 8 Notable people
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Politics
- 11 See also
- 12 Further reading
- 13 References
- 14 External links
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.
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.
- Morehouse Parish (north)
- West Carroll Parish (northeast)
- Madison Parish (east)
- Franklin Parish (south)
- Caldwell Parish (southwest)
- Ouachita Parish (west)
Parks and Wildlife management areas
- Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
- Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area
- Floy Ward McElroy Wildlife Management Area
|Interstates and State Highways|
|U.S. Highway 80|
|Louisiana Highway 15|
|Louisiana Highway 17|
|Louisiana Highway 585|
|Louisiana Highway 132|
|Louisiana Highway 133|
|Louisiana Highway 135|
|Air, Rail, Levee|
|Rayville Municipal Airport|
|Delhi Municipal Airport|
|Monroe Regional Airport|
|Kansas City Southern Railroad|
|Tensas Basin Levee District|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
- 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
- Riverfield Academy, K-12
- Delhi Charter, K-12
Community and Technical Colleges
- Louisiana Delta Community College, (with campus locations in neighboring Tallulah, Winnsboro, Lake Providence, Bastrop, Monroe, and West Monroe.)
- University of Louisiana at Monroe
- Louisiana Tech University, (Ruston)
- Grambling State University, (Grambling)
Other notable place names include Bardel, Bee Bayou, Buckner, Charlieville, Goff, Jonesburg, New Light, Producers Spur, Sun Spur, and Warden.
|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|
- Ralph Abraham, from Alto, elected Member of Congress in The United States House of Representatives.
- Jamar Adcock, a politician and banker in Monroe, born in Richland Parish
- Benny Gay Christian, state representative for Richland Parish, 1964 to 1974.
- Terry Doughty, is a federally appointed judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
- George B. Franklin, Jr., was a prominent planter, philanthropist, and conservationist.
- Elvin Hayes, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, born in Rayville
- Arlene Howell, Miss Louisiana USA 1958, Miss USA 1958
- Fred W. Jones, Jr., city, district, and state court judge, born in Rayville; resided in Ruston, Louisiana
- Ralph E. King, Winnsboro physician who represented Richland Parish in the Louisiana State Senate from 1944 to 1952 and again from 1956 to 1960
- William L Kirk, of Rayville was a United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe/Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe.
- Ernie Ladd, a football player/professional wrestler, born in Rayville
- Moses J. Liddell was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as a judge for the Supreme Court of the Montana Territory.
- Wiley Person Mangham, an American publisher and editor. He is the namesake for the town of Mangham, Louisiana
- Charles McConnell, politician in Springhill, Louisiana; a native of Richland Parish
- Keith Munyan, Jr., commercial photographer in North Hollywood, California
- Tim McGraw, Country musician, born in Delhi, and raised in Start
- Darryl Riser, editor of the Delhi Dispatch and Richland Beacon-News and, formerly, the Richland Journal
- Robert Max Ross, was a Republican politician and activist who qualified to run for Governor, U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House, for the purpose of advancing the two-party system in Louisiana, at a time it did not exist.
- Francis C. Thompson served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1975 until 2008; since in the Louisiana State Senate
Tim McGraw, a famous country musician.
Ralph Abraham, U.S. House of Representatives.
Elvin Hayes, NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Wiley Person Mangham, American Publisher and Editor.
Rhymes Memorial Library in Rayville was the first parish wide public library in Louisiana.
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