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Haynesville enjoys a rich heritage dating back to its settlement in 1818. In a decade, there were eighteen families when the military road from Fort Jesup to Fort Towson was built through the area.
The community took the name Haynesville in 1843 from farmer Samuel Haynes of Georgia, who established Old Haynesville about two miles south of the town's present site. In 1898, the whole town moved north to meet the railroad.
In the early 1920 's, Haynesville was the scene of one of the states's biggest oil booms. When the first oil was discovered, Haynesville became a boom town with a population of some 20,000 persons. The economy today is boosted by oil, hunting, and fishing as well as the timber industry with large logging and pulpwood production in the area.
Haynesville United Methodist Church - The frontier life of our Methodist Church in Haynesville began back in 1850, soon after the first settlement was made in what we now call the "Old Town". Land for the location of the first church was donated by J. C. Taylor, one of Haynesville's oldest and most prominent merchants, who has been called "the father of the first community of Haynesville." ... (Claiborne Parish Church Histories)
More History of Claiborne Parish - Claiborne Parish was created from Natchitoches Parish by Act No. 42 of the Louisiana General Assembly approved March 13, 1828, and named in honor of the first American governor of Louisiana, William Charles Cole Claiborne...
Population as of 1994 La Tech Estimate: Town of Haynesville 2,744 / Claiborne Parish 17,000.
Rail, bus and truck - Haynesville is served by the Louisiana and Northwest Railroad with connections to the Cotton Belt and Mid-South and Mid Louisiana Railroads; Trailways Lines, Inc., Fed-Ex, SAIA Motor Freight and United Parcel Service.
The Haynesville Municipal Airport provides a 3,000 foot asphalt runway. The nearest commercial airports are at Shreveport (70 miles) and El Dorado, AR. (40 miles).
Distance to Major Cities
Atlanta ~ 570 miles
Birmingham ~ 440 miles
Chicago ~ 835 miles
Cincinnati ~ 845 miles
Dallas ~ 240 miles
Denver ~ 1030 miles
Houston ~ 295 miles
Kansas City ~ 570 miles
Memphis ~ 285 miles
Minneapolis ~ 1025 miles
Nashville ~ 475 miles
Haynesville is located in northern Claiborne Parish on U.S. Highway 79. It is 60 miles northeast of Shreveport, 331 miles north of New Orleans, 167 miles south of Little Rock, AR., and approximately 4 miles from the Louisiana-Arkansas state line.
Principal access roads are U.S. Highway 79 and State Highway 520, 2, 9 and 146. The nearest interstate exchange with Interstate 20 is 35 miles south.
Haynesville is served by two banks, fifteen churches representing eight religious faiths, and one weekly newspaper. There are also two Nursing Homes, a Medical Clinic and a Dentist office.
The town is governed by a Mayor and five-member Board of Alderman. The police department has three patrol cars and six full-time personnel. The Fire Department has three triple combination pumper trucks manned by twenty volunteers.