|City of Natchitoches|
Exchange Bank in Downtown Natchitoches
|Nickname(s): The Destination of Travelers since 1714|
Location of Natchitoches in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.
|Incorporated as a town||February 5, 1819|
|• Body||City Council|
|• Mayor||Lee Posey|
|• Total||26.42 sq mi (68.43 km2)|
|• Land||22.73 sq mi (58.87 km2)|
|• Water||3.69 sq mi (9.56 km2)|
|• Estimate (2016)||18,319|
|• Density||805.94/sq mi (311.18/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Website||City of Natchitoches|
Natchitoches (// NAK-ə-təsh; French: Les Natchitoches) is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. It was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana. It was named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe. The City of Natchitoches was first incorporated on February 5, 1819. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches's sister city is Nacogdoches, Texas.