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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
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.
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 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.
Mardi Gras with the Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Parade and the Krewe of Kingfish Mardi Gras Ball
Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials
Louisiana Forest Festival
Winn Parish Relay for Life, the Winnfield Downtown Garage Sale and Market Fest
Sikes Wolf Creek Festival and the Winn Parish Fair
Winn Fall Festival
Veteran’s Day Program and Winn Downtown Holiday Open House
Christmas Parade and Christmas festivities