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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.

Bienville Parish, Louisiana

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Bienville Parish is located in northwest Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 14,353. This parish was created in 1848. The parish seat is Arcadia. Bienville Parish is named in honor of the founder of the city of New Orleans, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.

Etymology - Origin of Bienville Parish Name

Bienville Parish was named in honor of the founder of the city of New Orleans, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.


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Bienville County History

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.

Bienville parish is located in northwest Louisiana. Loggy Bayou flows south from Lake Bistineau and crosses Bienville Parish west of Ringgold before it enters Red River Parish and then joins the Red River.

Neighboring Parishes

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.

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