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|Catahoula's first cotton gin built in early 1800s|
By Stanley Nelson
During the winter of 1804-1805, William Dunbar of Natchez and Dr. George Hunter of Philadelphia, accompanied by 12 U.S. soldiers and their sergeant, explored the Ouachita River following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
At present day Jonesville (30 miles west of Natchez), Dunbar walked the ground, examined the soil and wrote in his journal that the site where four rivers met was an excellent location for a town.
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