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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.

Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

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Lincoln Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 46,735.  The parish was created on February 24, 1873. The parish seat is Ruston.  Lincoln Parish is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Parish comprises the Ruston, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Lincoln Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln.


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Lincoln County History

Lincoln Parish was created on 1873, from Bienville, Jackson, Union and Claiborne Parishes and the parish was named in honor of Abraham Lincoln. The Parish seat is Ruston

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 472 square miles (1,220 km2), of which 472 square miles (1,220 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Lincoln Parish is located in north Louisiana. Lake Claiborne, Lake D’Arbonne, Caney Lake and James Lake are located in this parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Union Parish
  • Southeast: Ouachita Parish; Jackson Parish
  • Southwest: Bienville Parish
  • Northwest: Claiborne Parish


Lincoln Parish residents are zoned to Lincoln Parish School Board schools.

The parish is home to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, and Grambling State University in Grambling.

Bethel Christian School is located in Ruston

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