Haunted Ark-La-Tex


Built in 1856, Keatchie College opened on a limited scale of operation. In the following year, the institution was incorporated as the Baptist Union Male and Female College

Then, in 1861, war came to the Southland for 3 years. As a school for girls and young women, classes continued to be taught, unlike male institutions
In which war usually meant suspension of operation. During this period, the 2nd floor of the school was used as an infirmary for Civil War Soldiers. There is also a confederate cemetery for the wounded that died at the college, located down the road.

By 1864, financial difficulties at the school became increasingly marked. The heavy hand of war, seemingly remote at first, made its impact in the immediate vicinity with the Red River Campaign and the Battle of Mansfield, which was fought in April 1864. For an entire school year, classes were suspended. After the battle of Mansfield, Keachi College was used as a hospital to treat the wounded soldiers.

The college closed in 1912.

Keatchie, sometimes spelled Keachie, is located in DeSoto Parish. The community name derives from the Caddo Indian term for ‘panther’.

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~ by Voltima on May 28, 2010.

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