Minden is a small city in the northwestern portion of Louisiana and the seat of government of Webster Parish. Its 2010 population was 13,082. The city is located some twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport.
Minden was founded in 1836 by Charles H. Veeder, a native of Schenectady, New York, who named it for the city of Minden in Germany. Webster Parish, established in 1871 as a breakaway from Claiborne Parish, is named for U.S. Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts.
For nearly forty years prior to 1871, Minden was the site of a communal colony known as "Germantown". The colony was headed by a woman known as Countess Leon. A museum commemorating this experience operates northeast of the city.
Minden was the early residence of former Governor Robert F. Kennon, a Democrat who served from 1952 to 1956 and lost a comeback bid in 1963. Prior to his governorship, Kennon was a district and circuit court judge.
Republican former U.S. Representative John Fleming of Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District is a Minden physician and businessman though he was born in Mississippi. The state senator from Bossier and Webster parishes is the Republican Ryan Gatti. The state representative from Webster Parish is Democrat Gene Reynolds, a retired educator from Dubberly, a village south of Minden.
The Caney Lakes Recreation Area is located north of Minden. The city is the home of Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary and a branch of Louisiana Technical College, formerly know as the Northwest Louisiana School of Vocational Education..