Vivian, Louisiana

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Vivian, is a town in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States and is home to the Red Bud Festival. The population was 4,031 at the 2000 census. It was founded as a railroad stop in North Louisiana and named after the daughter of an locomotive engineer.[citation needed]

Vivian is part of the ShreveportBossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.



From 1938-1946 and again from 1962-1966, the Vivian mayor was Earl Williamson, a political mainstay in northern Caddo Parish who also served on the then police jury from 1933-1972 and again from 1979-1980. State law at the time permitted Williamson to occupy both posts. Williamson was succeeded as mayor in 1966 by Jimmy Wilson, a grocer and banker, who served until 1972, when he won his only term in the Louisiana House of Representatives.


Vivian is located at 32°52′16″N 93°59′12″W / 32.87111°N 93.98667°W / 32.87111; -93.98667 (32.870974, -93.986731)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.3 km²), all of it land.


With Shreveport becoming a great location for film makers, Vivian has been gaining its own time on film due to its small town atmosphere.

  • Exterior shots of the supermarket in the film The Mist were shot in Vivian in 2007 with Tom's Market providing the basis.
  • Outdoor scenes for Straw Dogs were shot in the downtown region in 2009.

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