Doyline, Louisiana

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Doyline, Louisiana
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Location of Doyline in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Doyline in Webster Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°31′53″N 93°24′37″W / 32.53139°N 93.41028°W / 32.53139; -93.41028Coordinates: 32°31′53″N 93°24′37″W / 32.53139°N 93.41028°W / 32.53139; -93.41028
CountryUnited States
 • MayorSteven Bridwell (No Party)
 • Total3.34 sq mi (8.66 km2)
 • Land3.33 sq mi (8.62 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
226 ft (69 m)
 • Total818
 • Estimate 
 • Density237.38/sq mi (91.64/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-21590
Lake Bistineau south of Doyline
A mural of nearby Lake Bistineau State Park in Doyline
Doyline Cemetery established in 1885 contains the graves of State Representatives C.W. Thompson and Lizzie P. Thompson.
Town Hall in Doyline
The First Baptist Church of Doyline
The United Methodist Church in Doyline

Doyline is a village in southwestern Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. The population was 841 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Under a cited cost-saving realignment plan, the Webster Parish School Board closed Union Elementary School in Doyline in 2011, as Doyline High School absorbed the elementary pupils. Vandals broke windows in the abandoned structure, which contained asbestos and black mold. The building was hence razed at a cost of $99,000.[3]

The HBO television series True Blood about vampires is filmed in Doyline.[4]


Doyline is an entry point to Lake Bistineau and the Lake Bistineau State Park. The lake itself, popular for fishing, is the reservoir of Dorcheat Bayou, a 122-mile stream that begins in Nevada County, Arkansas.

The Doyline High School Panthers won their state basketball championship in 1967, and two of the players pursued athletic careers. Tommy Joe Eagles played for Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and became the head basketball coach for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs from 1985 to 1989 and the Auburn Tigers in Alabama from 1989 to 1994. Shortly before his death of a heart attack, Eagles had been named coach of the University of New Orleans Privateers men's basketball team,[5] His teammate, James Ponder "Jimmy" Stewart (1949-2017), later played baseball for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and until sidelined by a shoulder injury the California Angels organization. In the early 1980s, Stewart coached basketball and was the pitching coach on three state championship baseball teams at Minden High School. He was from 1985 to 2005 the principal of Doyline High School. He died at the age of sixty-eight of long-term effects a stroke.[6]

On August 24, 2006, an explosion of the Explo Systems, Inc., site at Camp Minden led to the evacuation of six hundred pupils nearby but caused no injuries or fatalities. The site is a former U.S. Army ammunition plant where military bombs were disassembled and recycled.[7]

In December 2012, police began the removal of 2,700 tons of explosives from Camp Minden, located at the site of the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, leading to evacuations from nearby Doyline.[8]

In 2017, Steven T. Bridwell, a Democratic member of the Doyline Town Council, was appointed mayor on the resignation of Gary Carter (No Party) after his arrest for domestic abuse. Bridwell was succeeded on the council by Crystal "Christie" Carter Gates. A special election for both positions will be held in October 2017.[9]


Doyline is located at 32°31′53″N 93°24′37″W / 32.53139°N 93.41028°W / 32.53139; -93.41028 (32.531282, -93.410145).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016790[2]−3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 841 people, 325 households, and 235 families residing in the village. The population density was 252.5 inhabitants per square mile (97.5/km²). There were 359 housing units at an average density of 107.8 per square mile (41.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 79.90% White, 17.12% African American, 0.12% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 2.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 325 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $34,063, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $30,536 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,218. About 12.4% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Michelle Bates (January 9, 2015). "Demoltion of Doyline's Union Elementary underway". Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "True Blood filming locations". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Eagles victim of an enlarged heart". TimesDaily. Google News Archives. Associated Press. August 1, 1994. p. 1D. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "James Stewart obituary". The Shreveport Times. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  7. ^ [1] The Guardian[dead link]
  8. ^ "Tons of explosives found in US town". 3 News NZ. December 4, 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  9. ^ Bruce Franklin (March 13, 2017). "Gates appointed to Doyline council". Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.