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 About Washington Parish

Washington Parish is located immediately north of St. Tammany Parish. The parish seat is Franklinton, located in the west-central part of the parish. The largest city in the parish is Bogalusa, located in the southeastern part of the parish. In 2000, the population of Washington Parsih was roughly 44,000.


 History

In 1814, during the Battle of New Orleans, General Andrew Jackson and his American soldiers used what was the region of Washington Parish as a battle ground. The area was often known as "The Military Road." Part of the Florida Parishes, Washington Parish was formally founded in 1819 by splitting off from St. Tammany Parish. Both parishes were originally part of neighboring present-day St. Helena Parish. This was necessary as some of the inhabitants in Washington Parish lived too far away from the St. Tammany Parish seat, Covington, to reach it conveniently. Franklinton, referred to as Franklin at the time, became the parish seat on February 10, 1821.

The Washington Parish Courthouse burned twice in its history, first in 1854, then again in 1897. The fires resulted in a loss of nearly 68 years worth of records. Records from the 1820-1830 decade were kept on file in the state land office and escaped the fire. Some of the records from the second fire were salvaged and others were brought in to be re-recorded. So, only the records from the 1840-1860 period are completely lost.

Bogalusa is and has always been the largest city/town of the parish, and was founded in 1906.


 Cities and Towns

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Angie Franklinton
Bogalusa Varnado

 Geography

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Total
676 square miles
100.00%
Land
670 square miles
99.05%
Water
6 square miles
0.95%

 Major Highways

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Louisiana Highway 10
Bogalusa and Franklinton areas
Louisiana Highway 16
Franklinton area
Louisiana Highway 21
Angie, Bogalusa, and Varnado areas
Louisiana Highway 25
Franklinton area
Louisiana Highway 60
Bogalusa area
Louisiana Highway 430
Franklinton area
Louisiana Highway 436
Franklinton and Varnado areas
Louisiana Highway 438
Angie area
Louisiana Highway 1069
Franklinton area
Louisiana Highway 1072
Franklinton area
Louisiana Highway 1075
Bogalusa area
Louisiana Highway 3124
Bogalusa area

 Major Waterways

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Bogue Chitto River Pearl River Navigational Canal
Bogue Luse Creek Tchefuncte River
Pearl River