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Bienville Parish, Louisiana


"Sportsman's Paradise"

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Statistics & Facts

The Louisiana state capital is Baton Rouge.
The population of Arcadia is approximately 2,854 (2005), 2919 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,231 (2000), 1069 (2010).
The amount of land area in Arcadia is 7.678 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Arcadia is 3.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Arcadia to Washington DC is 1026 miles.
The distance to the Louisiana state capital is 180 miles. (as the crow flies)
Arcadia is positioned 32.55 degrees north of the equator and 92.92 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Arcadia elevation is 360 feet above sea level.
Arcadia per capita income is $ 10,962 (2000).
Arcadia median income is $ 24,600 (2005).
The Arcadia median home price is $ 44,000 (2005).
Arcadia average annual rainfall is 54 inches per year
Arcadia average temperature is 66 degrees F.


in northwest Louisiana near Grambling and Ruston. Other nearby communities include Bryceland, Gibsland, Simsboro, Athens, Bienville and Lisbon.
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History & History Related Items

Though Arcadia was inhabited as early as the 1820’s, it was not incorporated as a village until 1855. The name was bestowed by the first postmaster, Shadrick P. Sutton, and means beautiful hills. It became an official town in 1903 once it reached the requisite 1,000 residents. The present location was taken in 1884 when the town was moved to be closer to the railroad as it came through. Arcadia’s claim top fame came in 1934 when the pursued outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were trapped and killed by the Parish Sheriff’s posse.

The settlement which was to become Arcadia had its origins in the 1820's, but it was not until 1855 that Arcadia became an incorporated village. Shadrick P. Sutton was the first post master, and it was he who gave Arcadia its name, which means "beautiful hills." Arcadia officially became a town in 1903 when the census declared that there were one thousand residents. The original townsite is still referred to as Old Town by the local residents. Try this history page for Arcadia.
Historic Downtown Arcadia
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Bonnie and Clyde Trade Days


23 May 1934 - The deaths of Bonnie & Clyde on the outskirts of town. For details, see historical events for Arcadia.
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Arcadia City Government

Arcadia has a Mayor and a 5 member city council

Town of Arcadia

1819 Railroad Avenue
Post Office Box 767
Arcadia, LA 71001
Phone 318-263-8456
FAX 318-263-2571

Arcadia City Hall
810 S Railroad Ave
Arcadia, LA 71001-3704
Phone: 318-263-8455


Bienville Parish Clerk-Court
601 Locust St # 100
Arcadia, LA 71001-3600
Phone: 318-263-2123

Arcadia Historical Events

1934, 23 May
May 23, 1934 is a day many locals remember as the day that put Arcadia on the proverbial map. The bodies of outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow -- shot and killed in a spectacular showdown with law enforcement officials in the outskirts of Arcadia -- were brought to downtown Arcadia to the Bienville Parish Coroner, who performed the requisite autopsies in the back of Conger's Furniture Store on Railroad Avenue. The streets of downtown became a sea of curiosity-seekers as thousands of people from hundreds of miles surged into the area.

Arcadia Chamber

Arcadia Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 587
Arcadia, LA 71001
Phone: (318) 263-9897

Arcadia Organizations

Arcadia Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 587
Arcadia, LA 71001
Phone: (318) 263-9897

Arcadia Libraries

Bienville Parish Library
2768 Maple St
Arcadia, LA 71001-3615
Phone: 318-263-7410

Arcadia Schools

Bienville Parish School Board
2019 Locust St
Arcadia, LA 71001
Phone: 318-263-9416 Arcadia


The population of Arcadia was:
1997 - 3,200
2000 - 3,041
2005 - 2,854
Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 21,661
2005 - $ 24,600

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 47,100
2005 - $ 44,000

Median resident age:
2000 - 36.8 years

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