Vernon Parish is proud of its history as a part of "No Man's Land" along what was the disputed border with Mexico. Outlaws and bandits as well as heroes and soldiers made their mark on this fertile soil. Louisiana's Legend Country celebrates their stories that shaped the culture of today. Enjoy our historic heritage and hospitality as well as our many outdoor adventures of today.
Anacoco takes its name from nearby Anacoco Bayou, which empties into the Sabine River. The earlierst spellings (1797) for the bayou name are Lianaucucu and Leaunacucou. Other versions are Anacucu, Yanacoco, Yanecoocoo, Yanakoka, De Koocoque, and Kan Coque.
The first element of Anacoco is a derivative of the Spanish ilano or liana, "plain"; later spellings dropped the initial "l," mistaking it for the French definite article. (The French succeeded the Spanish in the settlement of the area.) There are several meanings for the second element of the word "coco," including "raincrow prairie," "cuckoo prairie," and "nutgrass prairie."
In September 1875, the Anacoco post office opened with John I. Kirk as postmaster. The post office closed in July 1899, and its mail was routed through the new Orange post office. Gray's map of 1878 lists the village of Anacoco.
--Leeper, Clare D'Artois. Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries. Louisiana State University Press.