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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.

Webster Parish, Louisiana

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Webster Parish is a parish located in the northwestern section of the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 41,207. The seat of the parish is Minden.

The parish is named for 19th-century American statesman Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It was created on February 27, 1871 from lands formerly belonging to Bienville, Bossier, and Claiborne parishes.

Webster Parish is part of the Shreveport-Bossier City, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Webster Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of US statesman Daniel Webster.


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Webster County History

Webster Parish was created on 1871, from Claiborne, Bossier and Bienville Parishes and the parish was named in honor of US statesman Daniel Webster. The Parish seat is Minden.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 615 square miles (1,590 km2), of which 593 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (3.5%) is water.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Columbia County, Ark.
  • Northeast: Claiborne Parish
  • Southeast: Bienville Parish
  • West: Bossier Parish
  • Northwest: Lafayette County, Ark.


The elected Webster Parish School Board operates local public schools.

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