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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.

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Red River Parish, Louisiana

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Red River Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,091, making it the fourth-least populous parish in Louisiana. Its seat is Coushatta. It was one of the newer parishes created in 1871 by the state legislature under Reconstruction. The plantation economy was based on cotton cultivation, highly dependent on enslaved labor before the American Civil War.

Etymology - Origin of Red River Parish Name

the parish was named in honor of the Red River, which is part of the Mississippi River watershed

Demographics:

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Red River County History

Red River Parish was created on 1871, from Caddo, Bossier, Bienville, DeSoto and Natchitoches Parishes and the parish was named in honor of the Red River, which is part of the Mississippi River watershed. The Parish seat is Coushatta.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 402 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 389 square miles (1,010 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (3.3%) is water.

Loggy Bayou flows south from Lake Bistineau, traverses Bienville Parish, and in Red River Parish joins the Red River.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Bienville Parish
  • Southeast: Natchitoches Parish
  • West: DeSoto Parish
  • Northwest: Caddo Parish; Bossier Parish

Education

Public schools in Red River Parish are operated by the Red River Parish School District.

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