Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Most DeSoto Parish residents should they ever hear of Wallace Lake would not consider it an important part of our history. Wallace is a portion of DeSoto Parish’s northern boundary with Caddo Parish. In the early part of the 1800’s the Red River was blocked by a massive log jam flooding a large part of northwest Louisiana resulting in Bayou Pierre becoming the route for water transportation for the settlement of Natchitoches to points north.

In 1838 a trading post was established by Thomas Wallace on a hill on the south side of the bayou, which was named in his honor – “Wallace Bayou”. The location of the post is now in DeSoto Parish, however, it was the place where Caddo was formed and served as the first seat of Caddo government. Caddo Parish was organized by the La. Legislature in January 1838 from Natchitoches Parish and reached down to Logansport in an easterly direction to Grand Cane onto the Red River. Thus the southern shore of Wallace Bayou was in Caddo at the time when Caddo was organized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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