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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.

Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

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Morehouse Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 29,979. The parish was formed in 1844. The parish seat is Bastrop. Morehouse Parish is named in honor of early settler Abraham Morehouse.

Morehouse Parish comprises the Bastrop, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Monroe-Ruston-Bastrop, LA Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Morehouse Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of early settler Abraham Morehouse.


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Morehouse County History

Morehouse Parish was created on 1844, from Ouachita Parish and the parish was named in honor of early settler Abraham Morehouse. The Parish seat is Bastrop.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 806 square miles (2,090 km2), of which 795 square miles (2,060 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Morehouse Parish is located in north Louisiana. Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge and part of the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge is located in this county. Sand Lake and Little Mallard Lake are located in Morehouse Parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Ashley County, Ark.
  • Northeast: Chicot County, Ark.
  • East: West Carroll Parish
  • South: Richland Parish
  • Southwest: Ouachita Parish
  • West: Union Parish
  • Northwest: Union County, Ark.


Morehouse Parish School Board operates local public schools.

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