Vernon and Anacoco: The tale of two lakes

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Vernon Lake and Anacoco Lake

In Vernon Parish, Louisiana, there are two decent size man-made lakes that have been the source of a lot of confusion for me.

Vernon Lake I have thought for years was Anacoco Lake, while Anacoco Creek I thought was Vernon Lake or maybe Anacoco Lake, and Anacoco Lake… well, I realized I had no idea of its actual location for the past umpteen years.  Now, through the joy of the Internet and lengthy government-created .pdf reports, I have a clear idea of which lake is which and where and why and even how.  I think.

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Burr’s Ferry Bridge over Sabine River scheduled for replacement

Burr's Ferry Bridge, crossing the Sabine River
Burr’s Ferry Bridge, crossing the Sabine River

Another bridge crossing the Sabine River is scheduled to be replaced within the next year.  Burr’s Ferry Bridge, a kind of strangely attractive bridge which crosses between Newton County in Texas (Tx. Hwy. 63) and Vernon Parish in Louisiana (La. Hwy. 8), will soon be replaced.

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DeSoto Parish Courthouse history is live and in living color

The original DeSoto Parish Courthouse, in Mansfield, Louisiana
The original DeSoto Parish Courthouse, in Mansfield, Louisiana

Live and in living color, the very first ever courthouse to serve the parish of DeSoto in Northwest Louisiana stands rather proudly just a few blocks away from the current parish courthouse.

I’ve seen this courthouse a few times, and am always impressed that the parish has been able to keep it looking so good all of these years.  Yes, it could use a little work, but it is over 150 years old!

I only realized last week there was much more to this story than restore and preserve…

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