Watson, Louisiana

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Census-designated place & Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Livingston
Elevation 69 ft (21.0 m)
Coordinates 30°34′33″N 90°57′11″W / 30.57583°N 90.95306°W / 30.57583; -90.95306Coordinates: 30°34′33″N 90°57′11″W / 30.57583°N 90.95306°W / 30.57583; -90.95306
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 225
Location of Watson in Louisiana
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Location of Louisiana in the United States

Watson is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States. The town is in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Watson Post Office was established on Feb. 20, 1894 by George A. Watson. The first Live Oak school was built in 1895 on land donated by Rev. Joel Ott. Several buildings were used for classes there, until the present site was purchased and a two-story school built. Published histories of Live Oak Methodist Church state that the first church was built not more than a quarter-mile from the present site prior to the Civil War. It was destroyed by Union soldiers. The church history states that W.C. Newsom, Huff Jones, George Nesom, J.B. Easterly and James Chandler erected a new building shortly after the Civil War fire. In 1893, under the pastorate of J.P. Haney of the Mississippi Conference, the frame church that was used until 1950 was constructed. As of April, 2011, there are three churches in Watson, the oldest turned into a thrift store. The newest, finished in late 2010, is, by far, the tallest.

Since Watson is unincorporated, Watson's zipcode of 70786 is available only to Post Office Box recipients. All other residences and businesses use a mailing address for Denham Springs, LA, 70726.


Watson is located at 30°34′30″N 90°57′10″W / 30.57500°N 90.95278°W / 30.57500; -90.95278 (30.575, -90.953).[1] The town is north of Denham Springs and is situated around the intersection of Range Road(LA 16) and Springfield Road(LA 1019). The community sits at an elevation of 65 feet.


Watson is located in a humid, subtropical region. The mild, short, wet, and somewhat warm winters are followed by long, hot, humid, and fairly wet summers.


Watson is within the Livingston Parish Public Schools system and is served by:

  • Live Oak High School
  • Live Oak Middle School
  • Live Oak Elementary (Watson)
  • North Live Oak Elementary
  • South Live Oak Elementary


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