DescriptionWith the completion of a railroad across northern Louisiana in the mid-1880s, area merchants, farmers and cotton growers converged on a rail shipping townsite established by Robert E. Russ. Today I-20 is the primary transportation artery to points east and west of Ruston, and natural gas, oil and a respectable peach crop sustain the economy. Ruston is home to Louisiana Tech University, and Grambling State University is 5 miles west in Grambling.
The Louisiana Tech Conservatory and the John D. Griffin Horticultural Garden, US 80 and Tech Farm Road, display tropical plants; phone (318) 257-2918. The 1849 Absalom Autrey House, 15 miles north on SR 152, is a hand-hewn log dogtrot house open by appointment; phone (318) 251-0018.
Recreational opportunities are available at nearby Lake Claiborne State Park. Lincoln Parish Park, 3.5 miles north on SR 33, is known for its challenging 10-mile mountain bicycle trail, complete with jumps. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping also are available; phone (318) 251-5156.
The Louisiana Peach Festival , held the fourth weekend in June, features antique cars, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, a peach baking/cooking contest, sports events, a parade and lots of music.
Visitor InfoRuston-Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau 2111 N. Trenton St. RUSTON, LA 71270. Phone:(318)255-2031 or (800)392-9032
Things to SeeLincoln Parish Museum