Haynesville, Louisiana

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Haynesville is a town in northern Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States, located just south of the Arkansas border. The population was 2,679 at the 2000 census.

Haynesville is known as the "Gateway to North Louisiana" and the "Butterfly Capital of Louisiana".



Haynesville was settled in 1818. The community took the name "Haynesville" in 1843 from farmer Samuel Haynes of Georgia, who established Old Haynesville some two miles south of the present site of the town. In 1898, the whole town moved north to meet the railroad, now the Louisiana and Northwest Railroad.[1]

Modern Haynesville was built on a 1920s petroleum boom, one of the largest in Louisiana. For a time, the population reached twenty thousand.[1] The "old boom town" was constructed in what is called Baucum Spur. It consisted of a hotel, restaurants, and saloons.

The Haynesville economy is supported still by oil as well as hunting, fishing, and timber, with considerable logging and pulpwood production in the area.[1]

Since 1907, Haynesville High School has won fifteen state championships in American football. This record is second to John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge in Jefferson Parish in the New Orleans suburbs. Haynesville maintains a longstanding rivalry with nearby Homer High School in the parish seat of Homer, which also opened in 1907.

Haynesville has a variety of churches, including Baptist, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Missionary Baptist, and Pentecostal[church of christ].


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