Like any early frontier, Vernon Parish had the bad man as well as the respected citizen. Among the most notorious of the desperadoes was the Murrell Gang led by John and Andrew Murrell, originally of Tennessee. For years they snared tremendous wealth from travelers who passed along the Old Natchez and San Antonio (Spanish Trail) traces.  From Tall Pines II A History of Vernon Parish, Louisiana and its People by Erbon W. Wise.

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