The small city of Minden is the parish seat of Webster Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. It is located twenty-eight miles east of Shreveport. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,027.
|City of Minden|
The combined Minden City Hall and Convention Center opened on Broadway Street in 1970.
Location of Minden in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
|• Government||Mayor Tommy Davis(R)|
Mayor-elect Terry Gardner (R)
|• Total||15.16 sq mi (39.26 km2)|
|• Land||14.99 sq mi (38.82 km2)|
|• Water||0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||839.08/sq mi (323.96/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
During the Civil War, a large Confederate encampment was located just east of Minden. It housed about 15,000 Confederate soldiers. The town served as a supply depot for the Confederate Army. Close to thirty Confederate soldiers who died in the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill are buried in the Old Minden Cemetery.
During the Great Depression, one of the two Minden banks failed and a fire destroyed a major section of the downtown area (1931).
On May 1, 1933, a tornado occurred in the town, destroying 20% of the homes.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.0 km² (12.0 mi²). 30.8 km² (11.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.75% water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,027 people, 5,166 households, and 3,430 families residing in the city. The population density was 423.0/km² (1,095.2/mi²). There were 5,795 housing units at an average density of 188.2/km² (487.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.34% White, 52.17% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,166 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 22.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,175, and the median income for a family was $31,477. Males had a median income of $28,401 versus $19,199 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,114. 26.6% of the population and 21.0% of families were below the poverty line. 39.3% of those under the age of 18 and 20.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
The Minden Community House is located at Victory Park in this facility completed in 1987 by the W-M Construction Company of Minden, after the previous contractor, Tarver Brothers of Shreveport, defaulted on the project. The previous community house building was razed. The McDonald-Monk House, built in Victorian style in 1904 at the intersection of Lewisville Road and East and West Street in the Historic Residential District, was added in 1986 to the National Register of Historic Places. The house is named for its builder, the banker J. W. McDonald, and the educator Miriam Robinson Monk (1923–2006), who purchased it in 1968. Dorcheat Historical Association Museum at 116 Pearl Street near the post office sponsors monthly public lectures. One of the oldest continuous businesses in Minden is the Western Auto dealership operated downtown by John P. Collins and previously by his grandfather and mother. The former Holland Crawford Insurance agency clock has long been a mainstay of downtown Minden. The company was founded by Castle Overstreet Holland (1895–1981) and operated until 2012 by his son-in-law, Wayne Scott Crawford (1928–2014). This historic bell, a gift to the City of Minden by the family of James Anderson Powell Sr. (1921-2016), of the former Blazer Construction Company, previously hanged over the former Webster Parish Courthouse building from 1905 to 1951.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Minden, Louisiana.|
- "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 6, 2019.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Minden Press-Herald, January 1, 1987
- "Wayne Scott Crawford". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Michelle Bates (August 1, 2017). "Fithen remembered as a man with a heart of gold". Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- "James Anderson Powell, Sr". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved April 9, 2016.