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.

Richland Parish
Parish of Richland
Alto Presbyterian Church
Alto Presbyterian Church
Map of Louisiana highlighting Richland Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°25′18″N 91°45′43″W / 32.421736°N 91.762070°W / 32.421736; -91.762070
Country United States
State Louisiana
FoundedSeptember 29, 1878
Named forFertile (rich) land in the area
SeatRayville
Largest townRayville
Area
 • Total576 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land559 sq mi (1,450 km2)
 • Water9.375 sq mi (24.28 km2)  1.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
20,411
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)

HistoryEdit

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]

GeographyEdit

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 parishesEdit

Parks and Wildlife management areasEdit

TransportationEdit

Population TrendsEdit

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]

EducationEdit

Public schoolsEdit

  • 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 schoolsEdit

  • Riverfield Academy, K-12

Charter schoolsEdit

  • Delhi Charter, K-12

Community & Technical CollegesEdit

Regional UniversitiesEdit

CommunitiesEdit

TownsEdit

VillageEdit

Census-designated placeEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

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

GovernmentEdit

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 peopleEdit

GalleryEdit

PoliticsEdit

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 alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 April 26, 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.

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