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Washington Parish, Louisiana
|Parish of Washington|
Bogalusa City Hall
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
|Named for||George Washington|
|• Total||1,750 km2 (676 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,700 km2 (670 sq mi)|
|• Water||17 km2 (6.4 sq mi)|
|• percentage||2 km2 (0.9 sq mi)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||LA: 24th|
|• Density||26.940/km2 (69.78/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Website||Washington Parish, Louisiana|
Washington Parish (French: Paroisse de Washington) is a parish located in the interior southeast corner of the U.S. state of Louisiana, one of the Florida Parishes. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,168. Its parish seat is Franklinton. Its largest city is Bogalusa. The parish was founded in 1819.
There are at least two articles about the history of Washington Parish:
There is also a book which is online: Bogalusa Story, by C. W. Goodyear
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 676 square miles (1,750 km2), of which 670 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 6.4 square miles (17 km2) (0.9%) is water.
Adjacent counties and parishes
- Pike County, Mississippi (northwest)
- Walthall County, Mississippi (north)
- Marion County, Mississippi (northeast)
- Pearl River County, Mississippi (east)
- St. Tammany Parish (south)
- Tangipahoa Parish (west)
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||12,758||28.06%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,410||3.1%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 45,463 people, 17,613 households, and 11,924 families residing in the parish.
Washington Parish is currently known for its agriculture, particularly watermelons. Through much of the 20th century, its economy was based on its timber and paper industry.
In 1906, The Great Southern Lumber Company, founded by the Goodyear brothers from New York, purchased huge tracts of forest and established a sawmill in Bogalusa to harvest the local virgin pine forests. This company was the first to introduce reforestation in order to sustain the timber industry locally. Taken over by Crown Zellerbach, it later started a paper mill and chemical businesses in the area.
The local business passed through several hands as the lumber and related industries restructured through the late 20th century. In the 21st century, Temple-Inland Corporation is the largest employer in the parish.
Students residing outside of Ward 4 attend Washington Parish School System. Students within Ward 4 attend Bogalusa City Schools.
Northshore Technical Community College is located in Bogalusa.
- Henry "Tank" Powell (born 1945), state representative from Tangipahoa Parish from 1996 to 2008; member of the Louisiana Board of Pardons since 2008
- Weldon Russell (born 1946), former state representative for Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes; born in Washington Parish
- Malinda Brumfield White (born 1967), state representative for Washington and St. Tammany parishes, effective 2016
- Katherine Haik (born 2000), from Franklinton, named Miss Teen USA 2015 at the age of fifteen
In Spanish: Parroquia de Washington para niños
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