DeSoto Parish
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Mansfield LA 71052

Ph: (318) 872-1310
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DeSoto Parish

A Quick History

In 1682, the explorer LaSalle claimed, in the name of France, all the land drained by the Mississippi River and its tributaries. This area included about half of what is now DeSoto Parish.

Following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 the land that is now DeSoto Parish was a neutral strip, and remained so after the Sabine River became the western boundary between the US and the Republic of Texas. It became a haven for those fleeing from the law.

In the 1820s, communities began to develop. The first was Cow Pens and the second was Screamerville. Both are now just a part of the parish’s written history.

In 1835, the US bought the land that is now DeSoto Parish from the Caddo Indians. Forty thousand dollars in cash or goods was paid in one year’s time and $10,000 was paid annually for four years.

In 1843, land that had been in the parishes of Caddo and Natchitoches became DeSoto Parish. The first courthouse was built in 1843 and is now a site maintained by the DeSoto Parish Historical Society. The first jail was built in 1844. The parish seat, Mansfield, was incorporated in 1847.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DeSoto Parish Services
 Ambulance
DeSoto EMS
PO Box 863, Mansfield 71052
(318) 872-5997
 Fire
City of Mansfield
PO Box 548, Mansfield 71052
(318) 872-4246
DeSoto District 1
300 Marshall Rd, Logansport 71049
(318) 697-5150
DeSoto District 2
PO Box 249, Keatchie 71046
(318) 933-8799
DeSoto District 3
PO Box 329, Stonewall 71078
(318) 925-0087
DeSoto District 5, Stanley
PO Box 1089, Logansport 71049
(318) 697-7304
DeSoto District 8
13011 Hwy 175, Mansfield
(318) 872-2453
DeSoto District 9
PO Box 124, Frierson 71027
(318) 797-5673
Water
Bayou Pierre Water System
Emergency
(318) 863-6199
(318) 663-1294
City of Mansfield Water Dept
Emergency
(318) 872-0406
(318) 697-2630
DeSoto Water Works District 1
Emergency
(318) 872-0004
(318) 423-2695
East DeSoto Water System
Emergency
(318) 872-3397
(318) 872-4792
Grand Cane Water Dept
Emergency
(318) 858-3251
(318) 858-6359
Keatchie Water System
Emergency
(318) 933-0330
(318) 272-4622 / (318) 922-4430
Longstreet Water Dept (318) 697-5359
North DeSoto Water District
Emergency
(318) 925-2940
(318) 864-9561
Oxford Road Water System (318) 872-2768
Rambin Wallace Water System
Emergency
(318) 755-2112
(318) 755-2446
South DeSoto Water System
Emergency
(318) 872-4065
(318) 872-5035/6189
South Mansfield Water Dept (318) 872-3960
Town of Logansport (318) 697-5359