Start, Louisiana

Start is a small unincorporated community in Richland Parish.


Start is a small unincorporated community in Richland Parish. The community itself has several churches, the Start Mart, Start In-and-Out, homes, Whitten Barber Shop, Walters Woodworks, and the Start Fire Department.

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.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting created a documentary of Start in 2006.

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. The zip code for the Start Community is 71279.