Denham Springs is a city in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Denham Springs is home to one of the largest Bass Pro stores in the country. Population in 1990 was 8,381, in 2000, 8,757, and increased to 10,308 by 2008. The city is situated at the intersections of the east-west highways, US 190 and Interstate 12, with La. Hwy. 16, the major north-south artery in western Livingston Parish. Denham Springs is also located on the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, a line which played a large role in the city's early development. The Amite River also forms a portion of the municipality's boundary, but the river is not navigable at this point. Ground-water springs which come to the surface at the base of the low-lying ridge which runs through the center of the city have figured in the city's name since at least the 1850s.