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Caldwell Parish

Map of Caldwell ParishEstablished in 1838, Caldwell Parish was formed from Ouachita and Catahoula parishes.  Caldwell has a population of slightly over 9,300 and an area of 531 square miles.  The economy of the parish is based on agriculture production and the cattle and forestry industries.

DOTD Tourism Map of Caldwell Parish

During the antebellum period and steamboat era, Columbia, the seat of government in Caldwell Parish, was a major shipping point in central Louisiana.  The Civil War temporarily disrupted the parish’s agricultural trade as the Confederate government prohibited the embargo and sale of cotton.  At the conclusion of the war, the cultivation of cotton was re-instituted and river trade escalated.

Symbolic of the cotton kingdom epoch are the picturesque plantation homes that survived along the Ouachita River in Caldwell Parish.

by Alana A. Carmon

Principle Towns




Caldwell Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

Blend of the River (Columbia)

Blues and BBQ (Columbia)

Mardi Gras on Main (Columbia)

Riverboat Festival (Columbia)

Witch Way to Main Street (Columbia)

Louisiana Art and Folk Festival (Columbia)

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Schepis Museum (Columbia)

Martin Home Place (Columbia)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Copenhagen Hills Preserve

Boeuf Wildlife Management Area


Caldwell Parish Courthouses

Caldwell Parish Library

LSU AgCenter