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Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

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Lincoln Parish, Louisiana
Parish of Lincoln
Lincoln Parish, LA, Courthouse IMG 3776.JPG
Lincoln Parish Courthouse in Ruston
Flag of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Map of Louisiana highlighting Lincoln Parish

Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana

Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Named forAbraham Lincoln
Largest cityRuston
 • Total472 sq mi (1,222 km2)
 • Land472 sq mi (1,222 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2016)47,745
 • Density99/sq mi (38/km2)
Congressional district5th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Autrey Dogtrot House, built in 1849 by Absalom and Elizabeth Norris Autrey, formerly of Selma, Alabama is located west of Dubach. The oldest restored dogtrot house in Lincoln Parish, it was listed in 1980 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Autrey Dogtrot House, built in 1849 by Absalom and Elizabeth Norris Autrey, formerly of Selma, Alabama is located west of Dubach. The oldest restored dogtrot house in Lincoln Parish, it was listed in 1980 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific Railroad depot in downtown Ruston; Robert Edwin Russ, the founder of Ruston, sold land to the railroad in 1883.
Historic Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific Railroad depot in downtown Ruston; Robert Edwin Russ, the founder of Ruston, sold land to the railroad in 1883.

Lincoln Parish (French: Paroisse de Lincoln) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,735.[1] The parish seat is Ruston.[2] The parish was created on February 24, 1873 from parts of Bienville, Claiborne, Union, and Jackson parishes, and its boundaries have changed only once (in 1877). This makes Lincoln parish one of the Reconstruction parishes.[3]

Lincoln Parish comprises the Ruston, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Welcome back to 504 Road Trips! Today, we're on US Highway 80, heading west into the city of Ruston, Louisiana in Lincoln Parish. Here, US-80 runs parallel to, and south of I-20. Ruston is the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, and has an estimated population of 22,370. Ruston is home to Louisiana Tech University, and hosts an annual Peach festival. The city is named for Robert Edwin Russ, the Lincoln Parish sheriff from 1877–1880, who donated 640 acres to the town and this area was eventually known as Ruston, short for Russ Town. The town was a crossroads for two railroads, the Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific Railroad, now Kansas City Southern, and the defunct Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. These two railroads brought people and industry to the area. Near the center of town, US-80 temporarily turns south and merges with US Highway 167. This couplet forms the city's main streets, with Vienna Street carrying US-167 North and US-80 East, and Trenton Street carrying US-167 South and US-80 West. The street names switch from east to west at Vienna Street, and from north to south at the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks. Just to our right is Louisiana Tech University, a coeducational public research University, and is the only Tier One national university in the nine-member University of Louisiana System. Originally opened in 1894, during the second Industrial Revoluation, as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana, the mission of the college was for the education of students in the arts and sciences for the purpose of developing an industrial economy in post-Reconstruction Louisiana. In 1898, the school's name changed to Louisiana Industrial Institute. In 1921, the college became the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute as it evolved into a larger and more capable institute of technology. The name was officially changed to Louisiana Tech University in 1970 as the school developed into a research university. US-80 runs just along the southern edge of the small city of Grambling, Louisiana. The city is home to Grambling State University, a historically black, public, coeducational facility. The university is home of College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former head football coach Eddie Robinson, and is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. The university is a member-school of the University of Louisiana System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The Grambling Tigers football team plays in the annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans against the Southern University Jaguars. We conclude today's video as we leave the city of Grambling. Thanks for watching. Please subscribe, give us a thumbs up, share, comment below, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instragram and Snapchat, and join us for our next 504 Road Trip!



Since the late 20th century, archeologists have dated eleven sites in northern Louisiana where thousands of years ago, indigenous cultures built complexes with multiple, monumental earthwork mounds during the Middle Archaic period, long before the development of sedentary, agricultural societies. At sites such as Watson Brake, Frenchman's Bend, and Caney, generations of hunter-gatherers worked for hundreds of years to build and add to mound complexes. Hedgepeth Site, located in Lincoln Parish, is dated about 5200–4500 BP (about 3300–2600 BCE), from the latter part of this period. Such finds are changing the understanding of early human cultures.[4]

The parish was one of several new ones established by the state legislature during Reconstruction; in 1873 it was formed from land that had belonged to Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union parishes to create one in which newly elected representatives might have more ties to the Republican Party. It was an attempt to break up the old order of political power, and to capitalize on the arrival of the railroad line. The parish is named for the late U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.[5]

In 1934, the historian Robert W. Mondy of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston completed a thesis entitled "A History of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana" as part of the requirements for his master of arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.[6] Another Louisiana Tech faculty member, Robert C. Snyder, was instrumental in the establishment in 1962 of the Lincoln Parish Library. He served as the library board president for many years.[7]

Lincoln Parish is usually Republican in contested elections. In 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the parish with 10,739 votes (56.5 percent) to U.S. President Barack H. Obama, the Democrat who polled 7,956 ballots (41.9 percent).[8]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 472 square miles (1,220 km2), of which 472 square miles (1,220 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.2%) is water.[9]

Major highways

Adjacent parishes


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201647,745[10]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 46,735 people residing in the parish. 55.2% were White, 40.5% Black or African American, 1.7% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% of some other race and 1.1% of two or more races. 2.5% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 42,509 people, 15,235 households, and 9,689 families residing in the parish. The population density was 90 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 17,000 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 57.42% White, 39.84% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,235 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.50% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.40% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the parish the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 25.70% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 17.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $26,977, and the median income for a family was $38,972. Males had a median income of $32,376 versus $20,877 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $14,313. About 18.20% of families and 26.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.10% of those under age 18 and 18.10% of those age 65 or over.


Lincoln Parish residents are zoned to Lincoln Parish School Board schools.

The parish is home to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, and Grambling State University in Grambling.

Bethel Christian School is located in Ruston.

National Guard

527th Engineer Battalion (Triple Alpha) ("Anything, Anytime, Anywhere") is headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, the parish seat. This battalion is part of the 225th Engineer Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard.


  • Eddie G. Robinson Museum
  • Lincoln Parish Park
  • Louisiana Military Museum
  • Lincoln Parish Museum
  • Dixie Center for the Arts
  • North Central Louisiana Arts Council
  • Ruston Community Theatre
  • Celebrity Theatre (movie theater)
  • Annual Peach Festival held in Ruston
  • Annual Chicken Festival held in Dubach
  • Kingdom Collectives Film Festival held in Ruston


Map of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels




Unincorporated communities


Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 57.6% 10,761 38.1% 7,107 4.3% 801
2012 56.5% 10,739 41.9% 7,956 1.6% 298
2008 55.7% 10,680 43.2% 8,292 1.1% 207
2004 59.2% 10,791 39.8% 7,242 1.0% 185
2000 55.9% 9,246 41.4% 6,851 2.7% 454
1996 44.0% 6,973 49.9% 7,903 6.2% 979
1992 43.6% 7,220 43.5% 7,205 12.9% 2,136
1988 60.4% 8,853 37.0% 5,427 2.6% 377
1984 61.8% 9,087 37.0% 5,432 1.2% 182
1980 55.8% 7,515 41.6% 5,598 2.7% 357
1976 57.1% 6,828 41.5% 4,971 1.4% 170
1972 69.2% 6,736 26.6% 2,589 4.3% 416
1968 29.8% 2,643 22.6% 2,009 47.6% 4,225
1964 77.1% 5,766 22.9% 1,714
1960 54.1% 2,766 20.6% 1,051 25.3% 1,292
1956 59.2% 2,676 22.4% 1,014 18.4% 830
1952 60.5% 3,074 39.5% 2,009
1948 11.0% 353 19.5% 625 69.4% 2,223
1944 37.7% 1,032 62.3% 1,705
1940 13.1% 449 86.9% 2,969
1936 8.5% 201 91.4% 2,154 0.0% 1
1932 7.9% 163 92.1% 1,908
1928 39.2% 670 60.8% 1,041
1924 13.5% 157 86.2% 1,005 0.3% 4
1920 15.6% 183 84.4% 989
1916 4.3% 42 95.3% 932 0.4% 4
1912 0.4% 3 84.5% 644 15.1% 115

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2015-01-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Robert W. Preucel, Stephen A. Mrozowski, Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: The New Pragmatism, John Wiley and Sons, 2010, p. 177
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 187.
  6. ^ "Louisiana parish books". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  7. ^ "Robert C. Snyder Obituary". Shreveport Times. June 12, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Lincoln Parish election returns, November 6, 2012". Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2018-03-07.

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