Marksville, Louisiana

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City of Marksville
City
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishAvoyelles
Elevation82 ft (25 m)
Coordinates31°07′36″N 92°03′58″W / 31.12667°N 92.06611°W / 31.12667; -92.06611
Area4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 - land4.1 sq mi (11 km2)
 - water0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population5,702 (2010)
TimezoneCST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code318
Location of Marksville in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
 
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Coordinates: 31°07′36″N 92°03′58″W / 31.12667°N 92.06611°W / 31.12667; -92.06611
City of Marksville
City
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishAvoyelles
Elevation82 ft (25 m)
Coordinates31°07′36″N 92°03′58″W / 31.12667°N 92.06611°W / 31.12667; -92.06611
Area4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 - land4.1 sq mi (11 km2)
 - water0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population5,702 (2010)
TimezoneCST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code318
Location of Marksville in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Marksville is a city in and the parish seat of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,702 at the 2010 census, an increase of 165 over the 2000 tabulation of 5,537. It is 43 percent African American.[1]

Louisiana's first land-based casino, Paragon Casino Resort, opened in Marksville in June 1994. It is operated by the Tunica-Biloxi tribe.[2]

History[edit source | edit]

Marksville is named after Marc Eliche, who established a trading post after his wagon broke down in this area.[3] He was a Jewish[4] Italian trader, believed to be from Venice. His Italian name was recorded by a Spanish priest as Marco Litche, and as Marc Eliche by French priests after his trading post was established about 1794. Marksville was noted on Louisiana maps as early as 1809.[5] He later donated land that became the Courthouse Square that is still the center of Marksville today. Marksville has a strong Creole and Cajun population. Many of the families have been there since the city was incorporated. These families include Sylvan, Trahan, Malveaux, and Zachary. Louisiana Creole and Louisiana French is spoken in Marksville.

During the American Civil War, Marksville late in 1862 hosted Confederate soldiers from Texas who, in the words of the historian John D. Winters, "built wooden huts to shelter themselves from the icy winds and rain. At night, after the usual camp routines, the men amused themselves around their campfires with practical jokes and group singing or sat listening to the music of a regimental band. Some of the soldiers often gathered under an arbor of boughs to dance jigs, reels, and doubles to the music of several fiddles. On the opposite side of the camp, another arbor served as a church. There at night with the area lighted by pine knots, men listened to the exhortations and prayers of the preacher and sang favorite hymns."[6]

Marksville came under Union control in 1863 as part of Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks's Red River campaign.[7]

Geography[edit source | edit]

Marksville is located at 31°7′36″N 92°3′58″W / 31.12667°N 92.06611°W / 31.12667; -92.06611 (31.126595, -92.066073)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.24% is water.

Demographics[edit source | edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 5,537 people, 2,036 households, and 1,400 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,358.0 people per square mile (524.0/km²). There were 2,198 housing units at an average density of 539.1 per square mile (208.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.98% White, 48.59% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 2,036 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 22.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 79.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,750, and the median income for a family was $25,681. Males had a median income of $24,896 versus $15,865 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,546. About 32.0% of families and 34.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.1% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit source | edit]

All primary public schools are run by the Avoyelles Parish School Board. It operates 2 schools within the city of Marksville. The school board website is [2].[10]

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National Guard[edit source | edit]

1020th Engineer Company (Vertical) of the 527th Engineer Battalion of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in Marksville.

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