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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.

Sabine Parish, Louisiana

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Sabine Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 24,233. The seat of the parish is Many.

Sabine was one of five parishes created in as many weeks by the Louisiana State Legislature March 7, 1843. It was created from Natchitoches Parish with the Sabine River as the international boundary between the United States and the Republic of Texas as the western boundary.

Etymology - Origin of Sabine Parish Name

the parish was named in honor of the Sabine River and the so-called Sabine Free State.


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Sabine County History

Sabine Parish was created on March 7, 1843, from Natchitoches Parish and the parish was named in honor of the Sabine River and the so-called Sabine Free State. The Parish seat is Many

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,012 square miles (2,620 km2), of which 867 square miles (2,250 km2) is land and 145 square miles (380 km2) (14%) is water.

Sabine Parish is the home of the popular Hodges Gardens, Park and Wilderness Area near Many. Built privately in the 1950s, the gardens will come under the management of the State of Louisiana in 2007. The naturalist Caroline Dormon helped to lay out the park.

Toledo Bend Reservoir was constructed in the middle 1960s to provide power and recreation to the Louisiana/Texas border at the Sabine River.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Natchitoches Parish
  • Southeast: Vernon Parish
  • South: Newton County, Tex.
  • Southwest: Sabine County, Tex.
  • Northwest: Shelby County, Tex.; DeSoto Parish


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

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