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Town of Montgomery
U..S. Post Office, Montgomery, LA IMG 1871.JPG
U.S. Post Office in Montgomery, Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Grant
Elevation 154 ft (46.9 m)
Coordinates 31°39′58″N 92°53′12″W / 31.66611°N 92.88667°W / 31.66611; -92.88667
Area 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km²)
 - land 2.1 sq mi (5 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 730 (2010)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71454
Area code 318

Montgomery is a town in the far northwestern portion of Grant Parish, which is located in north-central Louisiana, United States. The population of Montgomery was 787 at the 2000 census but dropped by 6 percent to 730 in 2010. The town has a poverty rate of 37 percent and a median household income of just under $22,000. The median age is just under forty; the population in 2010 was 78 percent white.

Montgomery is part of the Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area though it is forty miles north of Alexandria. Founded in 1712, even before New Orleans, Montgomery is situated on U.S. Highway 71 close to the boundary with Natchitoches and Winn parishes. It is located on the eastern bank of the Red River.

Downtown Montgomery, LA IMG 1645
Downtown Montgomery facing east
Revised Montgomery High School, Montgomery, LA IMG 1872
Montgomery High School
J.D. Boston VFW Post, Montgomery, LA IMG 2440
The VFW post is named for James D. Boston, Jr. (1916-1986), a World War II prisoner of war and later a history teacher at Montgomery High School.
First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, LA IMG 1856
First United Methodist Church in Montgomery
Revised First Baptist, Montgomery, LA IMG 7499 1
First Baptist Church, 739 Old Jefferson Highway, lost its oldest member in 2013; Ilda Bishop Cardozier, the long-term president of the Women's Missionary Union, died at the age of ninety-eight.
Revised Hargis Baptist Church, Montgomery, LA IMG 1818
Established in 1904, the Southern Baptist-affiliated Hargis Baptist Church has worshipped in this building since 1978. Located east of Montgomery, Hargis also has a church cemetery; pastor Dr. Marvin Jones (2015).
Northside Baptist Church of Montgomery, LA IMG 1642
Northside Baptist Church (founded 1958) now worships in this facility at 330 Bienville Street in Montgomery just off U.S. Highway 71; pastor Kevin Billiot (2011).

1950s political tale

In the 1950s, Montgomery was known as one of the smaller communities in the state which could draw considerable crowds to political gatherings. William J. "Bill" Dodd, veteran Louisiana politician, in his memoirs Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics, recalls a 1955 gathering in which he "eulogized" Huey Long, Earl Long, and attorney general candidate Jack P.F. Gremillion. Dodd satirized Gremillion's World War II record: "Why he almost got killed himself when an enemy shell plowed into one of his most vital organs; if you don't believe Jack Gremillion earned his Purple Heart, he will show you the scars he has to prove it." The scars were on Gremillion's rear end, much to the embarrassment of the successful candidate. From Montgomery, the Long train headed to the parish seat of Colfax.


Montgomery is located at 31°39′58″N 92°53′12″W / 31.66611°N 92.88667°W / 31.66611; -92.88667 (31.666001, -92.886539) and has an elevation of 154 feet (46.9 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 160
1890 144
1900 158 9.7%
1910 174 10.1%
1920 224 28.7%
1930 383 71.0%
1940 495 29.2%
1950 695 40.4%
1960 866 24.6%
1970 923 6.6%
1980 843 −8.7%
1990 645 −23.5%
2000 787 22.0%
2010 730 −7.2%
Est. 2015 721 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 787 people, 332 households, and 210 families residing in the town. The population density was 379.0 people per square mile (146.1/km²). There were 395 housing units at an average density of 190.2 per square mile (73.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.00% White, 20.33% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.13% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 332 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. Nearly 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37, and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,462, and the median income for a family was $23,558. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $17,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,533. About 34.0% of families and 39.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.8% of those under age 18 and 32.3% of those age 65 or over.

Community life

Montgomery-area churches include First Baptist, Northside Baptist, and Hargis Baptist, all Southern Baptist in affiliation, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, St. Luke A.M.E. ( African Methodist Episcopal) Church, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, a United Methodist Church, and a Pentecostal congregation. Northside was located on the main highway during the 1990s. The new church building burned and was rebuilt on the same site at 330 Bienville Street. Hargis Church is located in the Hargis community east of Montgomery.

The Reverend Kevin Billiot is both the pastor of Northside Church and the part-time police chief in Montgomery, for which he earns $20,000 a year. Police officers make $7.50 an hour. "When I arrived here as police chief in April (2011), we didn't have uniforms. We didn't even have badges. We had two badges we shared among ourselves" and wore polo shirts with embroidered badges, Billiot explained."

Current Montgomery Mayor Vera "Susie" Waters, who is paid $265 per month, but also works as office manager for two pharmacies, said that small-town finances "aren't in good shape right now. Any kind of equipment we purchase, we rely strictly on grants. When we can get a donation of equipment it's just a wonderful thing."

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