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By: Raymond Powell

Most “Buff Historians” enjoy tidbits of historical facts – those important dates and happenings that we thought we knew but like to see in print. The following article is such information that is condensed.

DeSoto Parish was organized in 1843 upon Gen. Alexander Mouton’s signature – Gen. Mouton of Mansfield Civil War Battles fame was his son. Carved out of Natchitoches and out of newly formed Caddo Parish. Boundaries were the Sabine River on the west and the Red River on the east, Wallace Bayou on the north and Dooley’s bayou on the south. A land exchange with newly formed Sabine Parish put the southern boundary on a section line to straighten the southern boundary.


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