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With an abundance of political history, and the Kisatchie National Forest only minutes away, Winnfield is the ideal destination for political history and adventure. Visit the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame, explore the many winding trails, or horseback ride through the woods, either way Winnfield will show you a good time.

KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST

Kisatchie National Forest has more than 604,000 acres, is spread across seven parishes in Louisiana. Hidden in the bayous, beneath the bald cypress groves and old growth pine, is a world of natural beauty, excitement, learning, recreation, resources and wildlife in their purest form. Kisatchie is located right outside of Winnfield on US-84. There you will find horseback riding, camping and cabins, hunting, bicycling, fishing, hiking and so much more. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie for more information.

WINN HISTORY

The City of Winnfield strives to be a family-oriented community with close relationships, friendly attitudes and a Louisiana history to be proud of. The community believes in getting to know your neighbors and lending a helping hand whenever needed. Winnfield is the type of place where everyone knows everyone, and there is no such thing as a stranger.

Winnfield, Louisiana, was established in 1855 and serves as the parish seat for Winn Parish, which is located in central Louisiana. The Louisiana Legislature created Winn Parish in 1952 when it was carved out of the surrounding territories of Natchitoches, Rapides Parish and Catahou LA.

During the Civil War, Winnfield was a popular place for soldiers to stop and eventually stay permanently. Winnfield was a major producer of salt in the Civil War days, salt kettles used at Big Cedar furnished salt for the Confederate army. Later the Cary Salt Works started an 840 foot deep mine south of Winnfield. Between 1959 and 1960, a series of high explosives were set off inside the Carry Salt Works in an unused portion of the mine. Unfortunately, the mine later was flooded by an underground river unknown to the project managers. The mine and all the equipment, including transport trains and tools, still remain abandoned at the bottom of the lake.

INFAMOUS GOVERNORS

Huey P. Long, also known as the Kingfish, is an infamous politician in Louisiana, known for his dirty politics, the creation of the tallest state capital in the United States and the legacy he left behind at Louisiana State University, especially with the marching band. Both Huey P. Long and Earl K. Long were born in Winnfield and grew up there until later relocating to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Huey P. Long never finished high school at Winnfield High, but he did go on to serve as Louisiana’s 40th Governor. He was later awarded an honorary high school diploma for all the good he did for the public school system, such as giving all public school students the opportunity for free school text books.

After four turbulent years in as Louisiana Governor, Huey P. Long considered running for president in 1932 against Franklin D. Roosevelt, but those dreams were cut short. Huey P. Long was assassinated in the Louisiana State Capitol on September 10, 1935. His memorial grave is located in downtown Baton Rouge, in front of the State Capitol in which he constructed. As a memorial to Huey P. Long, a large statue of him resides outside of the Winn Parish Court House, and is accompanied by an informational plaque recounting his accomplishments and significance to Winnfield.

Earl K. Long was Huey P. Long’s younger brother and Louisiana’s 45th Governor. He served for three non-consecutive terms, always leaving office before his term ended. Earl K. Long died in 1960. Although Huey’s political aspirations prevented him from returning to the town in which he grew up, Earl visited Winnfield often and instilled traditions still represented today. Every spring, the city of Winnfield hosts the Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials festival, and maintains several memorial sites for him. Earl K. Long’s memorial grave site is located in the Earl K. Long Memorial Park underneath a statue of the former governor. Huey and Earl’s parents, Huey Pierce Long Sr. and Caledonia Tison Long, are both buried in the Winnfield public graveyard located at corner of West Bounty Street and South Street.

Oscar Kelly Allen, also known as O.K. Allen, was also born in Winnfield and was Louisiana’s 42nd Governor. He succeeded Alvin Olin King, who briefly served as Governor after Huey P. Long’s assassination. Several members of the Allen family still live in Winnfield today. His grave and memorial site is also located in Winnfield on the side of the public graveyard.

EVENTS

Events in Winnfield are an experience all their own. With a variety of activities and an abundance of fun, a good time is what you will have when you attend any of the following Winn Parish events.

FEBRUARY

Mardi Gras with the Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Parade and the Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Ball

MARCH

Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials

APRIL

Louisiana Forest Festival

MAY

Winn Parish Relay for Life, the Winnfield Downtown Garage Sale and Market Fest

SEPTEMBER

Sikes Wolf Creek Festival and the Winn Parish Fair

OCTOBER

Winn Fall Festival

NOVEMBER

Veteran’s Day Program and Winn Downtown Holiday Open House

DECEMBER

Christmas Parade and Christmas festivities

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