John Hayward, Gazetteer of the United States of America… (Philadelphia: James L. Gihon, 1854), 618.
Washita (according to the French, Ouachitta) Parish, La., c. h. at Monroe. Lying towards the N. E. part of the state, drained by the Washita River and its branches, and the sources of the Little River. Its length from E. to W. is 90 miles and its mean width 60 miles. It is extensively covered with pine forest; and in some parts, on the rivers, the land is liable to be overflowed. Where the soil will admit of cultivation, cotton is the chief article of production.