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.
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Bienville Parish was created on 1848, from Claiborne Parish and the parish was named in honor of the founder of the
city of New Orleans, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. The Parish seat is Arcadia.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 822 square miles (2,130 km2), of which 811 square miles (2,100 km2) is
land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.3%) is water. The highest natural point in Louisiana, Driskill Mountain (535 ft), is located in Bienville
Parish. Driskill Mountain is 11 miles (18 km) south of Arcadia at Latitude 32 degree, 25 minutes North; Longitude 92 degree 54 minutes West.
Loggy Bayou flows south from Lake Bistineau and traverses Bienville Parish west of Ringgold before it enters Red River Parish and thereafter
joins the Red River.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
North: Claiborne Parish
Northeast: Lincoln Parish
East: Jackson Parish
Southeast: Winn Parish
South: Natchitoches Parish
Southwest: Red River Parish
Northwest: Bossier Parish; Webster Parish
The Bienville Parish School Board operates area public schools.