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 Education, Geography, and History
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
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
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
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.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
Northeast: Bienville Parish
Southeast: Natchitoches Parish
West: DeSoto Parish
Northwest: Caddo Parish; Bossier Parish
Public schools in Red River Parish are operated by the Red River Parish School District.