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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.

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East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Baton Rouge
Year Organized: 1810
Square Miles: 456
Court House:

P.O. Box 1471
Parish Courthouse
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1471

Etymology - Origin of Parish Name

the parish was named in honor of the French phrase bāton rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories.

Demographics:

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County History

Baton Rouge Parish was created in 1792 in the West Floridas area. The land was divided into E. & W. Baton Rouge Parishes in 1810. East Baton Rouge Parish was created on 1810, from Baton Rouge Parish and the parish was named in honor of the French phrase bāton rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories. The Parish seat is Baton Rouge.

Neighboring Parishes:

  • North: East Feliciana Parish
  • Northeast: St. Helena Parish
  • Southeast: Livingston Parish; Ascension Parish
  • Southwest: Iberville Parish; West Baton Rouge Parish
  • Northwest: West Feliciana Parish
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