Difference between revisions of "Minden, Louisiana"

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*[[Marcus Wren]], pioneer of the dairy industry
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Revision as of 15:35, 16 January 2020

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.

Early in 2018, Minden was ranked the second safest municipality in Louisiana, trailing only Mandeville in St. Tammany Parish in suburban New Orleans. Police Chief Steve Cropper noted that Minden had a safety rating of 79.43 from the website safehome.org. Mandeville had 81.46. Far behind at 31.06 is Alexandria in Rapides Parish. Cropper said that Minden is "really fortunate to be as calm and as safe as it is, considering the fact that we live within thirty miles of a couple of bigger cities that have a lot of issues."[1]

Minden was the early residence of a former mayor and former Governor Robert F. Kennon, a Democrat who served from 1952 to 1956 and lost a comeback bid in 1963 to John J. McKeithen. Prior to his governorship, Kennon was a district and circuit court judge.

Former Minden Mayor Tommy Davis took office in 2013 after his victory in a special election to complete the year remaining in the term of Bill Robertson, who died in office. Davis was elected to a full term in 2014 but did not run again in 2018, when he was succeeded by a former political rival, Terry Gardner.

Republican former U.S. Representative John Fleming of Louisiana's 4th congressional district is a Minden former physician and businessman who joined the Donald Trump national administration in 2017. He was born in Mississippi. The state senator from Bossier and Webster parishes is Moderate Republican Ryan Gatti of Bossier City. The state representative for 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 Minden High School, theLouisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary and a branch of Louisiana Technical College, formerly know as the Northwest Louisiana School of Vocational Education.

The local Monday-Friday newspaper is the Minden Press-Herald.

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  1. Caleb Daniel (January 4, 2018). Report: Minden state’s 2nd safest. Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved on February 16, 2018.