Saline, Louisiana

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Saline is a village in southeastern Bienville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 296 at the 2000 census. Saline is pronounced: (Suh-leen).

Jamie Fair, a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1980–1984, resides between Saline and Castor off Louisiana Highway 9.

Former Second Judicial District Court Judge David T. Caldwell (1925-1993), based in Jonesboro, was born in Saline and graduated from Saline High School in 1942.[1]

A branch of Sabine State Bank operates in Saline.

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Geography

Saline is located at 32°9′51″N 92°58′38″W / 32.16417°N 92.97722°W / 32.16417; -92.97722 (32.164170, -92.977127)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.1 km² (1.2 mi²), all land.

Saline looks like a step back into the past with buildings all of which have been there for about 30 years. The main road that runs through Saline is where all the businesses are located. The rest of the area is like one big neighborhood.

The biggest attraction to Saline is the Mill Creek Reservoir. Usually misnamed as Saline Lake, it is the biggest, easiest to access and safest body of water in Bienville Parish. The waters are fairly deep and were long ago cleared of trees and tree stumps, making it ideal for boating, skiing, knee-boarding and other water activities. The only danger in the area is the spillway which is a tower that raises about 50 feet (15 m) off the water. It has a ladder that goes to the top and some people climb it to jump off—but it is very unsafe and has claimed lives.

Churches and cemeteries

Saline has several Baptist congregations, including Old Saline Baptist, whoe original pastor was George Washington Baines, maternal great-grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Within Saline is the Magnolia Baptist Church. Several miles east of Saline off Louisiana Highway 155 is Carolina Baptist Church. All three rural churches have accompanying cemeteries.

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