Hi All, I just realized that there has not been anything written about Grant Parish. A place I have called home for most of my life. Grant Parish is a beautiful part of Louisiana. I know there is a lot of talk about the other parishes in Louisiana and somehow Poor Grant Parish is left out. Well, Grant Parish has always had it's controversities and probably always will, but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We are smack dab in the middle of the Kisatchie National Forest. We have some of the best fishing in the state and many camping areas. There have been some of the best hunting here also. Of course, the fishermen and hunters like to keep that a secret so don't tell them I spilled the beans on them. There is Hardwater Lake, Stuart Lake Recreational Area, Lake Iatt Game and Fish Reserve and Nantachie Lake Not to mention the little creeks that sport bream, bass, goggle-eyes and white perch. I have even seen some stripers,barfish and bass caught in the oxbos off of the Red River.
Grant Parish is the home of the only 4-H camp for the state where our children are able to forget some of their misery that some of them experience and enjoy just being a kid and learning from some of the best people. I feel that those who devote their time and money to help the kids to experience a week of fun while learning should receive a medal. I love the 4-H clubs and think that if more of the parents and teachers were involved in this wonderful organization our kids would be benefiting from so much. Of course, I grew up in a less complicated world I guess. 4-H was a big part of our lives. There were Achievement days and the majority of the kids would do their best to be the best in their division. 4-H wasn't just tossed in the background and almost forgotten. I learned so much from out 4-H leader, Mrs. Katie Faraldo. We have some of the finest teachers in our schools. They probably make less than some of the teachers in other parishes and I find it amazing that they still want to teach and they do a very good job of it.
We have been "blessed" with one of the largest Federal Prisons placed here in Grant Parish. That alone should put us on the map. Well, come to think of it that is exactly what happened when the excapee went to Canada. You don't have to worry about them tho. If they get out they will go back home. At least that's what we are told. So far so good.
Grant Parish hosts the Pecan Festival and the Dogwood Festival. The Dogwood trees are always beautiful this time of the year. Back in it's hayday, Pollock was a sawmill town. Colfax is famous for the Colfax Riot. The old Indian Inn was just lost to the new 4 lane road going right through Pollock. About the only gaming that went on there was a domino game by the old timers. I guess it will be replaced by the New Casino in Creola.
There are so many churches in Grant Parish that there is no excuse for not going to church. There should be at least one that you can agree with. Grant Parish people are not pretentious people. We are what we are. Just hardworking people who love the freedom(what's left of it) of the country living.
Well, just as I said in the beginning, Grant Parish has always had it's controversities and probably always will. I still love Grant Parish and it's people and I love living in Grant Parish. you can live in Grant Parish and still be in the city of Pineville and Alexandria in a matter of minutes.