Among Louisiana cities, there perhaps is none whose short history is more
interesting and unique than that of the City of Bogalusa . The very name �Bogalusa� is
copyrighted. �The Magic City,� �The Green Empire,� � slogans of past years,
are as appropriate today as they were when the axe felled the first tree to
carve from a virgin pine forest the community destined to be an industrial
cities of the South.
Bogalusa is situated on the eastern border of Washington Parish in the �Florida
Parishes� section of Louisiana on the Pearl River (the dividing line between
Louisiana and Mississippi), and is the chief manufacturing and trading center
of the Pearl River Valley. Reputed to have been the largest unincorporated
community in the nation at that time, Bogalusa was incorporated July 4, 1914,
with a commission form of government.
The name �Bogalusa� is derived from the Indian named creek �Bogue Lusa,� which
flows through the city, the definition of which is smoky or dark waters. Bogalusa
owes its birth to the enterprise of the Goodyear interests of Buffalo , New
York , who established the lumber industry here in 1906, and erected the Great
Southern Lumber Company plant. This plant became the largest pine sawmill in
the world. Today Inland Paperboard & Packaging ranks as one of the outstanding
manufacturers of Kraft Liner Board and Kraft Bag Paper in the nation.
FACTS ABOUT BOGALUSA, LOUISIANA
Founded in 1906 when the lumber industry was established. Incorporated July 4, 1914.
Located in Washington Parish, Louisiana, where the
Bogue Lusa Creek flows into the Pearl River. Latitude 30° 47' 00",
Longitude 89° 52'
Totals 9.9 square miles. City has 121 miles of paved streets.
103 feet above sea level.
Mean annual temperature 66.4°F. Mean annual rainfall
13,365 in corporate limits; 43,926 in Washington Parish - 2000 U.S.
�Mayor-Council� form, mayor and seven council members,
elected by voters every four years. This form of government was inaugurated
on December 4, 1978.
Public school system includes 6 elementary, one junior high and one
high school. Free transportation is provided. There are three non-public schools,
and a state-operated Technical School. Eight major universities are within a
95-mile radius of Bogalusa .
Bogalusa School Board: 1705 Sullivan Dr., 985-735-1392
LA Technical College, Sullivan Campus: 1710 Sullivan Dr., 985-732-6603
There are approximately 67 representing 17 denominations
LSU Health Sciences Center provides 150-plus beds for area residents, with
a two-campus facility. The medical field is comprised of doctors, optometrists,
dentists and specialists providing medical care for the area. There are numerous
health care clinics, a rest home with 205 beds and the Bogalusa Mental Health
There are 6 full service banking institutions in eight locations, a credit
union and several other financial establishments.
Trains : Canadian Northern Railroad (freight
only), several motor freight lines, one interstate bus line, taxicab service,
air transportation, Pearl River Waterway.
Airport - Bogalusa-Carr Memorial Airport, with
a 5,000 foot paved, lighted runway, accessible to business jets.
Highways - State Highways 10 and 21 intersect
in Bogalusa and provide access to Interstates 12, 55, and 59. The city
is within 30 minutes of Interstate connections. Bogalusa is 69 miles north
of New Orleans (one hour drive via Lake Pontchartrain Causeway) and 94 miles
east of Baton Rouge .
Bogalusa is located in Washington Parish, where the town of Franklinton
is the parish seat. The governing parish body is known as the Parish Council
and has 7 council members and a parish president. Parish offices are located
in the Court House Building, 908 Washington St., Franklinton, Louisiana 70438,
Washington Parish Tax Assessor, 1-800-809-0298 or 839-7815
of Court, 985-839-4663
Washington Parish Sheriff, 985-732-7160
District Attorney, 985-735-0380
Washington Parish Tourism Commission, 888-827-7118
Bogalusa City Hall, 214 Arkansas Ave., phone 985-732-6200
City Council, 214 Arkansas Ave., phone 985-732-6202
Bogalusa Police Dept., 202
Arkansas Ave., phone 985-732-3611
Bogalusa Fire Dept., 200 Arkansas Ave., phone
Motor Vehicle Division, 62041 Benjamin Rd., Bogalusa, 70427--732-6628
U.S. Post Office, 305 Ave. B, Bogalusa 70427 985-735-5921 (post office
boxes have zip code 70429)
Social Security Administration, 205 Arkansas Ave.,
Electric: Entergy 1-800-368-3749
Gas: CenterPoint Energy/Entex 985-735-1307
Water/Sewer/Garbage Service: Public
Works Dept., City Hall 985-732-6213
Electrical Inspection: Public Works Dept.,
City Hall 985-732-6213
Cable: Charter Communications 1-800-821-4559
Telephone: BellSouth 1-557-6500
Cellular: Cingular 985-735-7272
Registrar of Voters
Court House, Franklinton 985-732-2925
Other Information for New Residents
Everyone must obtain an occupancy permit for an electrical
inspection from the Public Works Department at City Hall. If you purchase a
house, you should file for homestead exemption at the Washington Parish Tax
Assessor's office between January 1st and April 1st. Property not under
homestead exemption must have property tax paid by December 31st, at the
Sheriff's Office. Bogalusa has zoning laws and codes; additions or new structures
must have building permits obtained at Public Works Department.
All vehicles must be given a safety inspection sticker once a year. Cars must
be registered in Louisiana when residence is established or when employment
is acquired. For a driver's license, out-of-state is good for 90 days; a new
license must be obtained after establishing residence or securing employment.
To register a child for school, there must be a health record of immunization
and a birth certificate to present to the Bogalusa School Board office.
A spacious branch of Washington Parish Library containing over 40,000 volumes
is located at 304 Avenue F; 985-735-1961.
- Newspaper - The Daily News (daily except Saturday)
- Radio - WBOX - Best Country
B-92, and WIKC
- Cablevision - Charter Communications
- Washington Television � local access
- Timberlands Advertiser � free advertiser
Attractions & Entertainment
There is one movie theater with 5 screens, one bowling alley and one 9-hole
golf course in Bogalusa, along with many organized year-round recreation programs
including youth baseball, basketball, football and other sports. Bogalusa has
2 YMCA's with pools, a YWCA, Scouting and Camp Fire. Facilities include lighted
ballparks and tennis courts and several parks and playgrounds. Cassidy Park
includes a petting zoo, tennis courts, nature trails and playgrounds. Lake
Vista Native Preserve features camping, nature trails and fishing. Many other
attractions are listed on the Washington Parish Tourism Brochure.
There are 5 motels and 3 "bed & breakfasts" in
Bogalusa, as well as several mobile home parks.
Bogalusa merchants provide a retail trade zone of more than 184,000
people within a 30-mile radius. Businesses are spread throughout the city, with
concentrations in 5 shopping centers. A diversity of merchandise is offered,
ranging from small specialty stores to the large chains. The Chamber encourages
you to patronize its member businesses and keep our sales tax dollars working
Columbia Street and Vicinity � Avenue F � Austin Street
Center � Pine Tree Plaza � Shopyard Square
Washington Square � Superior Avenue � Avenue
B Shopping Center
Bogalusa has many restaurants, cafes, and fast food establishments. The variety
includes seafood, Mexican, pizzas, Chinese, hamburgers, steaks, etc.
Festivals & Annual Events
A detailed pamphlet listing all major festivals and events in the Washington
Parish area may be obtained by contacting the Chamber or Washington Parish
Maps, Postcards & Video
Bogalusa and Washington Parish Maps, reproductions of the old Bogalusa Postcards,
Washington Parish postcard, and the Washington Parish Video can be obtained
at the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce. Pins and brochures from the Washington
Parish Tourism Commission are also available.