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Ruston, Louisiana

Coordinates: 32°31′47″N 92°38′26″W / 32.52972°N 92.64056°W / 32.52972; -92.64056
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Ruston, Louisiana
ruston de Louisiane
City of Ruston
Cyclist riding north on North Vienna Street
Cyclist riding north on North Vienna Street
Louisiana's College Town; The Peach City; Rus Vegas
Interactive map of Ruston
Coordinates: 32°31′47″N 92°38′26″W / 32.52972°N 92.64056°W / 32.52972; -92.64056
Country United States
State Louisiana
Incorporated1885; 139 years ago (1885)
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorRonny Walker (R)
 • Total21.21 sq mi (54.93 km2)
 • Land21.14 sq mi (54.75 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
331 ft (101 m)
 • Total22,166
 • Density1,048.58/sq mi (404.86/km2)
 • µSA (2020)
48,396 (US: 228th)
 • CSA (2020)
255,500 (US: 123rd)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
71270, 71272, 71273
Area code318
AirportRuston Regional Airport

Ruston is the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. Ruston is the principal city of the Ruston micropolitan area which includes all the Lincoln Parish.

Geography[change | change source]

Ruston is located at 32°31′47″N 92°38′26″W / 32.52972°N 92.64056°W / 32.52972; -92.64056 (32.529674, -92.640466) and has an elevation of 331 feet (100.9 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (55 km2), of which, 21.1 square miles (55 km2) of it is land and 0.07 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (0.3%) is water.

Regional cities and their distance from Ruston, Louisiana include:

City Miles
Monroe, Louisiana 32 miles
Shreveport, Louisiana 68 miles
Jackson, Mississippi 152 miles
El Dorado, Arkansas 53 miles
Texarkana, Texas 139 miles
Little Rock, Arkansas 171 miles
New Orleans, Louisiana 296 miles
Lufkin, Texas 185 miles
Alexandria, Louisiana 94 miles
Vicksburg, Mississippi 109 miles

Education[change | change source]

College[change | change source]

College City
Louisiana Tech University Ruston
Grambling State University Grambling

Media[change | change source]

list of Media in the Ruston Micropolitan area and East Central Ark-la-tex:

Newspaper[change | change source]

Newspaper Serve
Ruston Daliy News City of Ruston

AM[change | change source]

Channel Callsign Format Owner
1490 KRUS Urban contemporary Example

FM[change | change source]

Channel Callsign Format Owner
88.3 KAPI Example Example
89.1 KLPI Example Example
91.5 KGRM Example Example
94.1 KRLQ Classic Country Example
95.5 KQWJ Example Jonesboro
97.7 KPCH Sports The Radio Center
99.3 KNBB Oldies The Radio Center
104.9 KTOC Gospel Jonesboro
107.5 KXKZ Country The Radio Center

Transportation[change | change source]

Interstates[change | change source]

Number Highway
20 I-20

U.S.[change | change source]

Number Number
63 U.S. 63
80 U.S. 80
167 U.S. 167

Point of Interest[change | change source]

Place Address
Ruston Country Club 2000 S Vienna St, Ruston, LA 71270

Notable people[change | change source]

  1. Trace Adkins, Country singer who attended Louisiana Tech; originally from Sarepta
  2. Stephen Babcock, high-profile Louisiana trial lawyer who attended Ruston High School, and Louisiana Tech University.
  3. C.E. Byrd, president of Louisiana Tech, and founder of C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport.
  4. C.E. "Cap" Barham, attorney, state senator, and lieutenant governor
  5. Charles C. Barham, attorney and former state senator
  6. Leon Barmore, basketball coach who was born and reared in Ruston, played basketball at Louisiana Tech
  7. George W. Bond, president of Louisiana Tech University from 1929 to 1936
  8. Terry Bradshaw, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, attended Louisiana Tech
  9. Kix Brooks, country music singer, who attended Louisiana Tech.
  10. P.J. Brown, NBA player, attended Louisiana Tech
  11. Mary Elizabeth Talbot Busbee (1927-2012), the First Lady of Georgia from 1975 to 1983, was born and reared in Ruston. Known as "Mary Beth", she was a medical technologist and a graduate of Louisiana Tech. Her husband was the late Democratic Governor George D. Busbee.
  12. John Ardis Cawthon, education professor and regional historian at Louisiana Tech University
  13. John R. Conniff, educator, president of Louisiana Tech from 1926 to 1928
  14. Claybrook Cottingham, president of Louisiana College from 1910–1941, and Louisiana Tech president from 1941 until his death in 1949
  15. Paul M. Davis, Jr., orthopedic surgeon and real estate developer in Alexandria, was born in Ruston in 1919.
  16. Fred Dean, NFL Hall of Fame, attended Ruston High and Louisiana Tech
  17. Hollis Downs former state representative; financial analyst; Louisiana Tech professor
  18. Clarence Faulk, newspaper publisher, radio broadcaster, businessman
  19. W. C. Friley, founder of Ruston College in late 1880s, a forerunner of Louisiana Tech; later president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and Louisiana College in Pineville, succeeded there in 1910 by Claybrook Cottingham
  20. Will Cullen Hart Indie rock musician, visual artist, and founding member of the Elephant Six Collective and The Olivia Tremor Control, and leader of Circulatory System, attended Ruston High School and was a disc jockey at Louisiana Tech's radio station KLPI
  21. Wiley W. Hilburn, journalist and author
  22. Berry Hinton, baseball coach and Louisiana Tech alumni secretary
  23. George B. Holstead, state representative from Lincoln Parish (1964–1980)
  24. Sonja Hogg, founding coach of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters
  25. John S. Hunt, III, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner from 1964–1972, was born in Ruston.
  26. Bert Jones, former NFL player, attended Ruston High School
  27. Dub Jones, former NFL player, attended Ruston High.
  28. K.D. Kilpatrick, mortician and former member of the Louisiana State Senate
  29. Karl Malone, Basketball Hall of Famer, attended Louisiana Tech, currently lives in Ruston
  30. Jeff Mangum, Indie rock musician and founding member of the Elephant Six Collective and Neutral Milk Hotel, attended Ruston High School and was a disc jockey at Louisiana Tech's radio station KLPI
  31. Garnie W. McGinty, Louisiana historian
  32. Paul Millsap, NBA player, attended Louisiana Tech
  33. E. R. Minchew, educator
  34. Ryan Moats, athlete, attended Louisiana Tech
  35. Robert W. Mondy, historian of early years of Lincoln Parish and the American frontier
  36. Luke McCown, NFL quarterback, attended Louisiana Tech
  37. Kim Mulkey, head women's basketball coach at Baylor University, whose career as a player at Louisiana Tech placed her in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
  38. L.D. "Buddy" Napper, attorney, former state representative, and minor league baseball player
  39. Virgil Orr, former state representative; Louisiana Tech vice president
  40. Morgan D. Peoples, historian
  41. Hilda Taylor Perritt, first female mayor of Ruston from 1991-1998
  42. Elton C. Pody, mayor of Ruston from 1983 to 1991
  43. Arthur T. Prescott, educator and founding president from 1894 to 1899 of Louisiana Tech University
  44. Patrick Ramsey, athlete, attended Ruston High
  45. Tim Rattay, athlete, attended Louisiana Tech
  46. E.S. Richardson, president of Louisiana Tech from 1936–1941
  47. Willie Roaf, NFL Hall of Fame player, attended Louisiana Tech
  48. Scotty Robertson, high school, college, and professional basketball coach, died in Ruston in 2011
  49. W. C. Robinson, mathematics professor and second president of Louisiana Tech from 1899 to 1900
  50. Jimmy G. Shoalmire, historian, Ruston resident, 1958–1967
  51. Robert C. Snyder, English professor at Louisiana Tech, a founder of the Lincoln Parish Library
  52. Matt Stover, current NFL player, attended Louisiana Tech
  53. George Stone, former National League pitcher with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.
  54. Josh Scobee, current NFL player, attended Louisiana Tech
  55. Don Shows, football coach
  56. Mickey Slaughter, former NFL quarterback, attended, and later coached football for, Louisiana Tech
  57. Polly Smith, photographer
  58. Robert Schneider, Indie rock musician, record producer, founding member of the
  59. Elephant Six Collective, and frontman of The Apples in Stereo, attended Ruston High School
  60. Lawson Swearingen, reared in Ruston, former state senator, president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and professor of management at Southeastern Louisiana University
  61. F. Jay Taylor, president of Louisiana Tech, 1962–1987
  62. David William Thomas lived in Ruston during the early 1930s while he headed the Louisiana Tech Journalism Department
  63. William Y. Thompson, historian
  64. Robert O. Trout, sociologist
  65. Kyle Williams, NFL player, attended Ruston High
  66. John D. Winters, historian
  67. Kenny Wright, 9-year NFL DB.(Minnesota Vikings 1999-2001, Houston Texans 2002-2004, Jacksonville Jaguars 2005, Washington Redskins 2006, and Cleveland Browns 2007)

References[change | change source]

  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 2, 2024.
  2. "QuickFacts: Ruston city, Louisiana". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 2, 2024.

Other websites[change | change source]