(submitted by and photos by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Killian is Livingston Parish's youngest municipality, having been incorporated in 1968. It is named for John S. Killian, who claimed Section 41, T8S-R6E. This claim is shown on a map dated May 16, 1854, along with Killian Bayou. The survey of this claim was approved by the Secretary of the Interior on July 10, 1858, but Killian's claim was never actually confirmed.
Some 400 acres of the claim were granted to Andrew Jackson Patterson between 1868 and 1871.
Killian's post office was established on June 19, 1891 with Robert J. Dunwoody as postmaster. The post office was discontinued on April 30, 1954. One of the oldest churches in the area is Huff Chapel, first organized in 1890.
Several schools were located in the Killian area at one time. These include Rome School, named for the ferry; Daisy School, named for Mrs. Daisy Kemp; Carthage School, named after the landing; Lella School, named for Mrs. Lella Strickland; and Killian School. The black church served as a classroom for the young blacks, but school was held for only four weeks out of year.
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