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.
Simpson was on the old Beef Road, the trail over which the Texas cattlemen drove their herds of wild long-horned cattle to shipping points on the Red River.
Among the first settlers in the area were the Simpsons, for whom the town was named, and a Dr. Mims. The first settler was Elias Hayman, who settled with his family just two or three miles from the center of the community of Simpson.
--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.