Start, Louisiana

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Start, Louisiana
Start Fire Department, Station Two.jpg
Official logo of Start, Louisiana
Location of Start in Richland Parish, Louisiana
Location of Start in Richland Parish, Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°29′11″N 91°51′33″W / 32.48639°N 91.85917°W / 32.48639; -91.85917Coordinates: 32°29′11″N 91°51′33″W / 32.48639°N 91.85917°W / 32.48639; -91.85917
CountryUnited States
Post Office Named1918
Previously named Charlestonbefore 1918
Founded byJames Morgan (1866-1944)
 • TypePolice Jury
 • census-designated place3.61 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Land3.51 sq mi (9.1 km2)
 • Rural
3.61 sq mi (9.3 km2)
69 ft (21 m)
 • census-designated place905
 • Estimate 
 • Density257.8/sq mi (99.5/km2)
 • White, Black95.46% / 3.2%
Area code(s)318

Start is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Richland Parish, Louisiana, United States. In 2010, it was named as a census-designated place with a population of 905. On September 8, 2018, Start held a community wide celebration in recognition of its centennial year as the named place of Start.


Start is located at 32°29′11″N 91°51′33″W / 32.48639°N 91.85917°W / 32.48639; -91.85917 (32.48639, -91.85917).[4] Start is located near the Boeuf River to the east and Lafourche Diversion Canal to its west. A small tributary called Crew Lake flows through the community.

Major highways

The Kansas City Southern Railway also passes through the community, running east and west.

Water Tower in Start, Louisiana.jpg


Start is a small, rural, farming community. There are four churches, including Start Baptist Church, Crew Lake Methodist Church, Faith Baptist Church, and Start Assembly of God. The Start Post Office, Start Fire Department, and Start Water System each serve the residents in this community. The Start Fire Department has two stations, located on the north and south side of the railroad.

Start Elementary School, which is operated by the Richland Parish School Board, is a public school for kindergarten through the sixth grade.[5]


Prior to the creation of Richland Parish in 1868, The area now recognized as Start was situated in Morehouse Parish. After the new parish of Richland was formed, this area was often referred to as Ward 3, Crew Lake, Charleston, or Wynn Island. Start officially derived its name in 1918 when the United States Postal Service officially accepted it as new name of the community. Charleston was originally submitted, but this name was rejected. The owner of a small mercantile store in Start named James M. Morgan was granted permission to receive mail at his store, but the area would need a permanent name. James Morgan's daughter, Rachel, suggested that they name the community Start, because they were making a new Start. This name was officially approved by the USPS on September 7, 1918.[6][7]]Louisiana Public Broadcasting aired a segment in 2006 on Louisiana: The State We're In, detailing how the community came up with the name of Start. In the summer on 1923, the Richland Parish School Board passed a motion to advertise for bids on a new high school building, to be known once constructed as Start High School.[8] Marie Robinson was the sole graduate of Start's first graduating class, held in the spring of 1925.[9]

Up until November 29, 1930 mail was continually delivered to both Start and Crew Lake, (located directly west of Start.) After this date, Crew Lake ceased to also serve as a post office location, and the primary hub for mail became Start.[6]

In 1937, Congressman Newt V. Mills announced that the Resettlement Administration, (a New Deal program initiated under President Franklin D. Roosevelt), had purchased the 3,000 acre Millsaps Plantation. This program provided for approximately 40 new families to move in to the Start community.[10][11]

Notable people

Tim McGraw, returned to his hometown for an outdoor concert on September 7, 2002, where more than 40,000 people were in attendance on the site of the C.W. Earle cotton gin. The concert was broadcast nationwide NBC in November 2002.[12]

Mcgraw was raised in Start and grew up believing his stepfather, Horace Smith, was his father and until he met his biological father, McGraw's last name was Smith.[13] At age 11, McGraw discovered his birth certificate while searching in his mother's closet to look for a picture for a school project. Following the discovery, McGraw learned from his mother who his biological father was and took him to meet the elder McGraw for the first time. Tug McGraw denied the parentage for seven years until McGraw was 18 years old. After that time, the two formed a relationship and remained close until the former baseball star's death in 2004.[13]

Community Gallery


  1. ^ "Louisiana: 2010, Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Louisiana: 2010, Population and Housing Unit Counts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Census Fact Finder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Start Elementary School".
  6. ^ a b "Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28". Washington, D.C.: NationalArchive.
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  8. ^ "Official Proceedings of the Richland Parish School Board". The Richland Beacon-News. 21 July 1923. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Richland High Schools Close With Exercise". The Monroe News-Star. 30 May 1925. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Security Farms At Crew Lake Planned". Monroe Morning World. 13 June 1937. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  11. ^ Holley, Donald (1970). "Old and New Worlds in the New Deal Resettlement Program: Two Louisiana Projects Author(s): Donald Holley". Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association. Louisiana Historical Association. 11 (2): 137–165. JSTOR 4231118.
  12. ^ Wecsler, Heather (8 September 2002). "40,000-strong turn out for McGraw". The News-Star. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b Gerome, John (Aug 27, 2004). "After 10 years, McGraw enjoying the biggest hit of his career". The Town Talk. The Associated Press. Retrieved Jul 25, 2018.