Driskill Mountain, the Highest Point in Louisiana
- Name: Driskill Mountain
- Elevation: 535 feet (163 meters)
- Location: 5.3 miles southeast of Bryceland, Louisiana.
- Township and Range: Northeast corner of Section 32, T.17N., R.5W.
- Parish: Bienville
- USGS 7.5' Map: Bryceland
- Latitude: 32 degrees, 25 minutes, 28 seconds N
- Longitude: 92 degrees, 53 minutes, 50 seconds W
- UTM Northing: 35-87340 N
- UTM Easting: 5-09710 E
- Named For: James Christopher Driskill, the landowner of the mountain.
James Christopher Driskill
James Christopher Driskill, the person for whom Driskill Mountain was
named, was born in Hancock County, Georgia on June 27, 1817. In 1840
he married Eugenia Irwin Walker. In October 1859, Mr. Driskill sold his
land in Troup County, Georgia, and moved his family, which by then
consisted of him, his wife, eight boys, and one girl to Louisiana. In
Louisiana, Mr. Driskill had bought 324 acres, which included Driskill
Mountain, on December 1859. During the Civil War, Mr. James Christopher
Driskill served in the Home Guard. His eldest son, William B. Driskill
was killed in action at the "Battle of the wilderness" on May 5, 1864.
Another one of his sons, James B. Driskill, disappeared after he had
left Louisiana to fight in the Civil War. Except for one son and daughter,
Mr. James Christopher Driskill's family remained in the area. His
descendents still live in the area to this day.
(NOTE: The above text is distilled from information given me by Mr.
Joe Driskill. Any factual errors are my responsibility.)
Location of Driskill Mountain Within Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Location of Driskill Mountain Within the United States
Note: Both of the above maps are modified from maps produced by the Tiger Map Server
at the U.S. Census Bureau using the U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Name
Information System GNIS Query Form.
Driskill Mountain Web Pages
Information about and pictures of Driskill Mountain and the highest points of other states can be found at:
America's Roof U.S. Highpoints Guide.
Chris Anderson's High Points Scrapbook Page. Brief descriptions and photographs
of U.S. State High Points visited by Chris Anderson.
State Highpointers Club WWW Site. This site is the most
comprehensive of the highpoint web pages.
Locating Other Geographic Features and Town
Information about other geographic features and towns can be obtained at:
The LSU Cartographic Information Center.
U. S. Geological Survey GNIS Query Form.
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Paul V. Heinrich
Dec 18, 2001
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