Welcome to Town of Delhi! Our city is defined less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of shared values our residents hold dear. We take pride in maintaining a wholesome lifestyle, rich in cultural history, along with a deep commitment to the preservation of our environment and a progressive approach to local business.
Delhi is a town in Richland Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. During the American Civil War, Delhi and Monroe, the seat of Ouachita Parish, were both overcrowded with unwelcome refugees from rural areas to the east when the forces of General U.S. Grant moved into northeastern Louisiana and spent the winter of 1862-1863 at Winter Quarters south of Newellton in Tensas Parish in preparation for the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, completed July 4, 1863. Historian John D. Winters reported "strong Union sympathy" in both Delhi and Monroe.
In the 1940s, Delhi was the center of a large natural gas boom, and several functioning gas fields still surround the town.
On February 21, 1971, Louisiana's only recorded F5 tornado struck Delhi. It took forty-six lives and was the deadliest F5 tornado to hit the United States since the Jackson, Mississippi, Candlestick Park Tornado five years earlier in 1966 and the earliest confirmed F5 tornado during a year.
As of the 2000 census, the town population was 3,066. Delhi is the birthplace of country superstar Tim McGraw. He grew up in nearby Start. On February 21, 1971, In addition, Delhi is the home of Francis C. Thompson, a senior member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, a Democrat, who is considered an authority on development and agriculture.