Start, Louisiana

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Unincorporated community
Start Fire Department Station #2
Start Fire Department Station #2
Start is located in Louisiana
Location within the state of Louisiana
Coordinates: 32°29′11″N 91°51′33″W / 32.48639°N 91.85917°W / 32.48639; -91.85917Coordinates: 32°29′11″N 91°51′33″W / 32.48639°N 91.85917°W / 32.48639; -91.85917
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Richland
 • Total 3.608 sq mi (9.344 km2)
 • Land 3.513 sq mi (9.098 km2)
 • Water 0.095 sq mi (0.246 km2)
Population (2017)
 • Total 905
 • Density 250/sq mi (97/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 71279
Start welcome sign notes that Country singer Tim McGraw once resided there.
Start, Louisiana, water tower
Start Baptist Church, 802 Charleston Drive

Start is an unincorporated community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, United States. The community has 657 residents.


Start is located at 32°29′11″N 91°51′33″W / 32.48639°N 91.85917°W / 32.48639; -91.85917 (32.48639, -91.85917).[1] It is adjacent to the communities of Crew Lake to the west, Girard to the east, Oak Ridge to the north, and Alto and Mangham to the south.


Start is a small unincorporated community and mainly consists of farmland, the town itself has several churches, the Start Mart, Start In-and-Out, homes, Whitten Barber Shop, Walters Woodworks, and the Start Fire Department.[2]

Start Elementary School, which is operated by the Richland Parish School Board, is located in the community and serves students in grades kindergarten through sixth.[3]

Louisiana Public Broadcasting created a documentary of Start in 2006.[4]


At the beginning of the 20th century, the community known as Start did not have a name; in 1908, Charles Titsch marked out a town plat and called it Charleston. J.M. Morgan (1866-1940) needed a name in order to operate a post office from his store. Morgantown was submitted to the United States Post Office, but the name was rejected; in 1918, Rachel Morgan, a daughter to J.M. Morgan was the new post master, and submitted the name Charleston, this name was also rejected. Rachel finally concluded that the name Start should be submitted, because they were making a new start, on July 26, 1918, the U.S. Postal Service accepted Start as the official name of the community.[5]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  5. ^ Whinham, Charlie. Lost Louisiana. What's In A Name? III. Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 2006.