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Lincoln Parish

Lincoln County is named for Abraham Lincoln, who was a member of Congress from Illinois (1847-1849) and President of the United States (1861-1865).


Surrounding Parish Courthouses: 

N – Claiborne Parish and Union Parish 

E – Ouachita Parish

S – Jackson Parish and Bienville Parish

W – Bienville Parish and Claiborne Parish 


Created:  February 27, 1873                              Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana

Parish Seat: 

Vienna  1873 – 1886

Ruston  1886 – present


Parish Courthouse – Ruston  


Location:  100 West Texas Avenue / South Vienna Street

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Neild & Somdal

Contractor:  Southern Builders Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a four story orange colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ruston. The east front has a slightly projecting center section which rises above the main building and with the entrance on the first story which faced with stone. The first story windows are horizontal. On the flat roof there is a recessed fourth story. In the interior, the large Parish Distrit Court courtroom is located on the second story with a balcony on the third story. The building houses the Parish District Ciourt of the 3rd Judicial District.


See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Union Parish.


History: The parish was created in 1873 and Ruston was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse was a small wood building in Vienna. Built in 1873. The building was moved to Ruston in 1886. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by J Reily Gordon and constructed by W T Lewman & Company in 1901 to 1903. A jail was constructed across the street in a separate building. The courthouse was torn down in 1949 to allow construction of the third and present courthouse in 1952.



Parish Courthouse – Ruston













Parish Distrrict Court courtroom















Photos taken 2011 and 2019