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 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 Democrat-turned-Republican Robert R. Adley. 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..
Minden is also the name of a small city in southern Nebraska. In 2010, its population was 2,923. Minden is the the county seat of Kearney County and the location of Harold Warp's Pioneer Village, a major tourist attraction in Nebraska.