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Plain Dealing, Louisiana
Plain Dealing, Louisiana
Town
Town of Plain Dealing
Leon Sanders, Jr., Municipal Complex
Leon Sanders, Jr., Municipal Complex
Location of Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°54?21?N 93°42?0?W / 32.90583°N 93.70000°W / 32.90583; -93.70000Coordinates: 32°54?21?N 93°42?0?W / 32.90583°N 93.70000°W / 32.90583; -93.70000
Country United States
State Louisiana
ParishBossier
Government
 o Mayor[1]Cindy Anderson Dodson (R)
Area
 o Total1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 o Land1.58 sq mi (4.09 km2)
 o Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
266 ft (81 m)
Population
 o Total1,015
 o Estimate 
(2019)[3]
944
 o RankBO: 4th
 o Density597.85/sq mi (230.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-60670

Plain Dealing is a town in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,015 at the 2010 census.[4] It is part of the ShreveportBossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Prior to 1839, the United States government forcibly removed the Caddo Nation of Native Americans--longtime local inhabitants who had first settled the area over 1,000 years before Europeans' 16th-century arrival in mainland North America--from the area of Northern Louisiana that included the parcel that would later become the town of Plain Dealing.[5]

In 1839, George Oglethorpe Gilmer and his son, James Blair Gilmer, bought 5,000 acres of this land--now described as a "vast, unsettled wilderness"--from the United States government, calling a portion of this acreage "Plain Dealing" after the family's Virginia plantation.[5][6] The "Plain Dealing" name became official when the town was formally chartered on April 24, 1890.[5]

Notable points of more recent history include the following:

  • Plain Dealing recorded the state's hottest temperature ever, 114 °F (46 °C), on August 10, 1936 (see "Climate" section below).
  • The Plain Dealing Post newspaper was established in the 1980s by publisher Danny D. Scott of nearby Springhill.
  • The Bossier Parish minimum security prison is located in Plain Dealing.

Geography

Plain Dealing is 8 miles (13 km) south of the Arkansas border and 31 miles (50 km) north of Shreveport.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.26%, is water.[4]

Climate

Climate data for Plain Dealing, LA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 85
(29)
91
(33)
93
(34)
95
(35)
99
(37)
108
(42)
111
(44)
114
(46)
107
(42)
103
(39)
94
(34)
84
(29)
114
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 56.1
(13.4)
60.1
(15.6)
68.3
(20.2)
76.4
(24.7)
83.1
(28.4)
90.6
(32.6)
93.9
(34.4)
94.2
(34.6)
89.1
(31.7)
79.3
(26.3)
67.1
(19.5)
58.2
(14.6)
76.4
(24.7)
Average low °F (°C) 34.1
(1.2)
36.5
(2.5)
43.4
(6.3)
51.2
(10.7)
59.6
(15.3)
66.9
(19.4)
70.1
(21.2)
69.5
(20.8)
63.7
(17.6)
51.7
(10.9)
41.7
(5.4)
35.6
(2.0)
52.0
(11.1)
Record low °F (°C) -4
(-20)
-14
(-26)
13
(-11)
26
(-3)
35
(2)
45
(7)
52
(11)
51
(11)
36
(2)
22
(-6)
11
(-12)
0
(-18)
-14
(-26)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.38
(111)
3.79
(96)
4.59
(117)
4.88
(124)
4.65
(118)
4.01
(102)
4.23
(107)
3.04
(77)
2.99
(76)
3.44
(87)
4.27
(108)
4.79
(122)
49.06
(1,245)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.9
(2.3)
0.5
(1.3)
0.2
(0.51)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.6
(1.5)
2.3
(5.86)
Source: https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?la7344

Demographics

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,071 people, 418 households, and 280 families residing in the town. The population density was 673.0 people per square mile (260.1/km2). There were 481 housing units at an average density of 302.2 per square mile (116.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 55.28% White, 42.67% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.09% Asian, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 418 households, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,706, and the median income for a family was $32,361. Males had a median income of $32,132 versus $25,455 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,906. About 23.6% of families and 26.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.9% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.

In the years since the Louisiana State Legislature legalized riverboat casino gambling in 1991, the casino industry of nearby Shreveport has become a major source of employment for Plain Dealing residents,[9] as Chris Redford, then a crime reporter with KTBS News in Shreveport, explained in a 2009 television documentary.[10]

Notable people

Gallery

References

  1. ^ (PDF) https://www.bossierchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Bossier-Parish-candidates.pdf. Retrieved 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Plain Dealing town, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b c James A. Marples (2015-03-31). "Finding 'real deal' in Plain Dealing". Shreveporttimes.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "MY HOMETOWN : PLAIN DEALING, LOUISIANA". Webcitation.org. Archived from the original on August 3, 2001. Retrieved .CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Bossier Parish". Laota.com. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Jocelyn Dooley". IMDb.com. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "My Hometown: Plain Dealing, Louisiana". oocities.org. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Oldest Descendant Of First President Succumbs At 93". The Monroe News-Star. Monroe, Louisiana. May 19, 1958. p. 7. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Curry, Robert H." The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ Huffman, Booker T with Andrew William Wright (2012). Booker T: From Prison to Promise: Life Before the Squared Circle. Aurora, Ill: Medallion Press. ISBN 978-1605424682.

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