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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.

Madison Parish, Louisiana

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Madison Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 12,093. The parish was formed in 1839. The parish seat is Tallulah. Madison Parish is named in honor of United States President James Madison.

Etymology - Origin of Madison Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of US President James Madison.


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Madison County History

Madison Parish was created on 1838, from Concordia Parish and the parish was named in honor of US President James Madison. The Parish seat is Tallulah

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 651 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 624 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (4.1%) is water.

Madison Parish is located in north Louisiana. Parts of the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge and the Vicksburg National Military Park are located in this parish. The Tensas River is probably the most prominent stream found in Madison Parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: East Carroll Parish
  • East: Warren County, Miss.
  • South: Tensas Parish
  • Southwest: Franklin Parish
  • West: Richland Parish


Public schools in Madison Parish are operated by the Madison Parish School Board.

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