Carmel Located about 6 miles east of Mansfield on SMITHPORT LAKE RD/PR-10.
Keatchie The name is believed to have originated with the Indian word 'Kichai' meaning 'big cat' or 'black panthers'. The panthers were likely common in the area because one or more are still seen from time to time. Keatchie now about 300 people strong, was settled in the mid-1800s as a trading post between the Native American tribes in the area, the Kichai and Caddo tribes, and settlers moving westward from the Carolinas and Alabama. Growth continued when a women's college was established in 1852 and the Houston East and West Transportation Company put an east-west railroad through the village in 1876. The old college, closed in 1912, and several historic homes and churches remain standing and are recognized on the historic registers.
Logansport In 1830, a Dr. Logan who practiced medicine on both the Louisiana and Texas sides of the Sabine River established a ferry crossing the waterway. He named the site Waterloo, but the name later changed to Logan's Ferry and finally to Logansport. Logansport is one of only two towns on the banks of Toledo Bend Reservoir, and it has one of the two bridges that cross the mighty lake into Texas. DeSoto is bounded on the north by Caddo Parish, on the east by Red River and Natchitoches Parish, on the south by Sabine Parishand on the west, the Sabine River and Toledo Bend separates DeSoto from Texas until the "dry line" begins a few miles north of Logansport. This surveyed line extends some fourteen miles northward and is actually the old line of demarcation on which surveys began in 1819. By driving out of Logansport along the old Marshall Road, travelers can find a granite marker that established the boundary between the Republic of Texas and the United States in 1840. It is on the Louisiana-Texas line just north of Louisiana Highway 1618 as it enters into Texas. Texas Highway 84 or Highway 7 from Shelby County, TX enters into Logansport.
Longstreet Originally named the Franks community after the family that donated land to the village, the name was changed to Longstreet following the Civil War to honor the noted Confederate general. Check out the businesses of Longstreet around 1900.
Mansfield click here to go to Mansfield Page
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