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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.

Winn Parish, Louisiana

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Winn Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,313. Its seat is Winnfield. The parish was founded in 1852. It is last in alphabetical order of Louisiana's sixty-four parishes.

Winn is separated from Natchitoches Parish along US Highway 71 by Saline Bayou, the first blackwater protected waterway in the American South.

Etymology - Origin of Winn Parish Name

the parish was named in honor of Louisiana state legislator Walter Winn.


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Winn County History

Winn Parish was created on 1851, from Natchitoches, Rapides and Catahoula Parishes and the parish was named in honor of Louisiana state legislator Walter Winn. The Parish seat is Winnfield.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 957 square miles (2,480 km2), of which 950 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Jackson Parish
  • Northeast: Caldwell Parish
  • Southeast: La Salle Parish
  • South: Grant Parish
  • Southwest: Natchitoches Parish
  • Northwest: Bienville Parish


Winn Parish School Board operates local public schools.

There is also the Huey P. Long Campus of Louisiana Technical College in Winnfield. The facility is being relocated from downtown to north of Winnfield on US Highway 167. Funding for the structure was obtained by former State Senator Mike Smith of Winnfield.

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