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Louisiana Parishes

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. 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

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Allen Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,764.The county was created in 1912 when separated from the larger Calcasieu Parish to the southwest.The parish seat is Oberlin. Allen Parish is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen.

Etymology - Origin of Allen Parish Name

Allen Parish is named for former Confederate States Army general and Governor of Louisiana Henry Watkins Allen.


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Allen 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. The county was separated in 1912 from the larger Calcasieu Parish to the southwest.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 766 square miles (1,980 km2), of which 762 square miles (1,970 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Allen parish is located close to the center of Louisiana. Calcasieu River flows through Allen parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

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


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