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Morehouse Parish

Morehouse Parish is named for Abraham Morehouse, who was an early settler.


Surrounding Parish and County Courthouses: 

N – Ashley County, Arkansas

E – West Carroll Parish

S – Richland Parish and Ouachita Parish 

W – Union Parish


Created:  March 25, 1844                       Map of Louisiana highlighting Morehouse Parish

Parish Seat: 

Bastrop  1844 – present


Parish Courthouse – Bastrop  


Location:  100 West Madison Avenue / South Washington Street

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Stevens and Nelson Company of New Orleans

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Bastrop. The north and south sides have a large central porch with four white columns rising to a wide header with the third story above. The east and west sections of the building are recessed in three sections. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with clock and black round roof. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the large Parish District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the second story with balconies on the third story. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 4th Judicial District. Additions were made in 1935. The architect was J W Smith & Associates and the contractor was Gravier & Harper. A further addition was added in 1966. The architect Jacka & Mattison.


See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.


See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Ouachita Parish


History:  The parish was created in 1844 and Bastrop was selected as the parish seat. The first courthouse in 1844 was a log cabin. The second courthouse was built in 1870 and was destroyed by fire in 1871. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1871. The building was remodeled in 1884. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1915.



Parish Courthouse – Bastrop

















Parish District Court courtroom

















Photos taken 2011 and 2019