Delhi, Louisiana

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Delhi, originally called Deerfield, is a town in Richland Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 3,066.

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History

During the American Civil War, Delhi and Monroe, the seat of Ouachita Parish, were both overcrowded with unwelcome refugees from rural areas to the east when the forces of General U.S. Grant moved into northeastern Louisiana and spent the winter of 1862-1863 at Winter Quarters south of Newellton in Tensas Parish in preparation for the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, not completed until July 4, 1863. Historian John D. Winters reported "strong Union sympathy" in both Delhi and Monroe.[1]

In the 1940s, Delhi was the center of a large natural gas boom, and several functioning gas fields still surround the town.

On February 21, 1971, Louisiana's only recorded F5 tornado struck Delhi. It took forty-six lives and was the deadliest F5 tornado to hit the United States since the Jackson, Mississippi, Candlestick Park Tornado five years earlier in 1966 and the earliest confirmed F5 tornado during a year. Later, on May 3, 1999, it lost its record as most destructive tornado in history to the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado.

Geography

Delhi is located at 32°27′21″N 91°29′36″W / 32.45583°N 91.49333°W / 32.45583; -91.49333 (32.455948, -91.493345)[2]. The town lies at the confluence of US Highway 80 and Louisiana Highway 17, and near to Interstate Highway 20.

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