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Desoto was probably the first white man to view that part of Louisiana which is now Franklin Parish.  By consulting a map of his travels, it can be seen that one of this camping places was on Deer Creek, at or near where Gilbert now stands. Franklin Parish had its birth in an accident which happened on Little Boeuf River more than a century and a half ago.  Two keelboats, laden with machinery, ran aground.  The machinery in one was said to be able to gin cotton at the breathtaking rate of four bales a day.  In the other was a massive, hand wrought contrivance of iron and steel that could "cut more cypress boards in a day than 50 men."  After backbreaking efforts to free their boats from the sandbar which held them fast, the boatmen decided to pitch their camp on the banks of the Little Boeuf River when they were. This camp became a settlement which grew rapidly through the industry of its founders.

Maps of Louisiana Parishes 1840 - 1873

In 1840 Louisiana Parishes Looked some what like this

In 1843  Franklin Parish was created on from portions of Ouachita, Catahoula and Madison Parishes.

In 1868 Richland Parish from Franklin, Carroll, Morehouse, Ouachita. Franklin gained from Tensas Parish.

In 1873 Franklin gained from Catahoula Parish. Witch is today the Parish boundaries.

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