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Bossier Parish

Bossier Parish is named for Pierre Bossier, who was a state senator and United States Representative from Natchitoches Parish.


Surrounding Parish and County Courthouses: 

N – Lafayette County, Arkansas

E – Webster Parish and Bienville Parish

S – Red River Parish and Caddo Parish

W – Caddo Parish


Created:  February 24, 1843                              Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana

Parish Seat: 

Fredonia  1843 – 1852

Bellevue   1852 – 1888

Benton     1888 – present


Parish Courthouse – Benton  


Location:  204 Burt Boulevard / Benton Road

Built:  1970 – 1972

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Merideth & Kelly

Contractor:  J P McMichael Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a five story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped ground to the south of the center of Benton. The south front has a central recessed entrance on the first story. The middle stories have long vertical adjoining windows. The top story has square windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court of the 26th Judicial District. On the west side is the new addition built in 2003 and completed in 2007. The architect was Alliance Incorporated and HDR Architects, Inc. and the contractor was Walton Construction.


See:  The 26th Judicial District includes Webster Parish.


History:  The parish was created in 1843 and Fredonia was selected as the parish seat. The first Police Jury met at Bodcau Bayou in 1843 and the first courthouse was a wood building built in Fredonia in 1843. The parish seat was moved to Bellevue in 1852. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in Bellevue at a cost of $23,000 in 1852. The parish seat was moved to Benton in 1888. The third courthouse was the Robinson’s Hotel in Benton. In 1893 the fourth courthouse was built in Benton at a cost of $23,684. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1970 to 1972.



Parish Courthouse – Benton



















Photos taken 2010 and 2019