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Louisiana Parishes
Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties (Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas).
On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845).In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.

Allen Parish, Louisiana

Allen Parish History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Oberlin
Year Organized: 1910
Square Miles: 765
Court House:

P.O. Box G
Parish Courthouse
Oberlin, LA 70655-2007

Etymology - Origin of Parish Name

the parish was named in honor of Henry Watkins Allen, the Confederate governor of Louisiana.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Allen Parish was created on June 12, 1912, from Calcasieu Parish and the parish was named in honor of Henry Watkins Allen, the Confederate governor of Louisiana. The Parish seat is Oberlin.

Neighboring Parishes:

  • Northeast: Rapides Parish
  • East: Evangeline Parish
  • South: Jefferson Davis Parish
  • West: Beauregard Parish
  • Northwest: Vernon Parish

Cities and Towns:

- Elizabeth town Incorporated Area
- Kinder town Incorporated Area
- Oakdale city Incorporated Area
- Oberlin (County Seat) town Incorporated Area
- Reeves village Incorporated Area

Parish Resources:

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County Resources
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"