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Marksville
Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana

ZipCodes
71351




Page Contents for Marksville, Louisiana

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Location

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government



Statistics & Facts

The Louisiana state capital is Baton Rouge.
The population of Marksville is approximately 5,526 (1990), 5702 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,058 (1990), 2067 (2010).
The amount of land area in Marksville is 8.029 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.035 sq kilometers.
The distance from Marksville to Washington DC is 1028 miles.
The distance to the Louisiana state capital is 73 miles. (as the crow flies)
Marksville is positioned 31.12 degrees north of the equator and 92.06 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Location

in central Louisiana.
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History & History Related Items

Marksville's roots stretch back to 1780 when the first Spanish Military Poste was established on the outskirts of the present day city limits. The post served as the headquarters for Carlos DeGrandpre who was Lt. Governor of the Red River District of Louisiana in the late 1700s.
The town itself was named for Marc Eliche, who settled in the area and married in 1796. He donated land for a courthouse after the Louisiana Purchase, and the parish government moved to his new little town. In 1809, the name Marksville has been seen on early surveys, so the town calls this the birthyear.
Settled mostly by the children of direct French immigrants to Louisiana, the area also is the site of the Marksville prehistoric native American site, one of the most significant archeological sites in the U. S.
The town is situated on a flood safe prairie which attracted settlers. Most of the original French families have descendants who make up a good portion of the population today.
In 1947 Fish Fell from the skies in Marksville, and made Life Magazine and Ripley's Believe it or Not.
Every Easter Sunday morning, residents gather on the Couthhouse Square to knock eggs to see who has the hardest shell in the annual Easter Egg Knocking Contest.
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Attractions

Jim Bowie, founder of the bowie knife, lived in Marksville. He made the Bowie Knife in Marksville
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Marksville City Government

Marksville is the Parish Seat of Avoyelles Parish

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