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By: Raymond Powell

Let’s take a trip through Mansfield and DeSoto in the summer of 1860 looking through the eyes of a New Orleans newspaper reporter. The reporter had been sent to Natchitoches, Mansfield and Shreveport by buggy and horse to report on the conditions in Northwest Louisiana.

Traveling from Natchitoches, La. on the Ridge Road, (same road that the Union Soldiers took 4 years later) known today as La. Hwy. 175, he encountered few homes. Most of the plantation owners of the river land lived in Mansfield due to mosquitoes and muddy roads. The river land was selling for $20 an acre and hill land for $10 an acre.


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