Shreveport, Louisiana

Shreveport is located in the northwestern part of Louisiana.


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Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana with a population of 217,000 residents (2010).


About Shreveport

Shreveport, Sportsman's Paradise. Shreveport's many lakes and rivers offer recreational activities. Shreveport's businesses are thriving and the job market is strong. The city has many attractions and horse racing and the casinos are a major reason why tourism is booming.



To See And To Do In Shreveport

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

American Rose Center

Norton Art Gallery

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

Planetarium

Casinos

Charles and Marie Hamel Memorial Park

Golf

Bickham Dickson Park



History Of Shreveport

Caddo Indians sold the land in the year of 1835 to the Shreve Town Company. In 1836, Shreveport was founded by the Shreve Town Company and was established to launch a town at the meeting point of the Red River and the Texas Trail. In 1839, the town was incorporated as Shreveport. The first fire company was formed in 1849. In 1858, the large Holy Trinity Catholic Church located downtown was founded. In 1871, Shreveport became a city. The McNeill Street Pumping Station waterworks was founded in 1887 and is still in use. In 1890, the mule-drawn street cars were converted to electric-motorized cars.

In 1900, 16,000 people lived in the city. In 1901, the Shreveport Journal was published. The first skyscraper in the city, the Commercial National Bank Building, was built in 1910. In 1925, one of the worse fires in Shreveport's history occurred when a hot water heater exploded. No lives were lost but a total of 9 city blocks and 194 homes were destroyed. In 1929, the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium was built.

In 1930, trolleys and rail cars were replaced by buses. Shreveport Downtown Airport was built in 1931 and in 1952, the Shreveport Regional Airport was established. In 1954, Elvis Presley gave his first performance (of 84 shows) at the Municipal Auditorium. In 1986, the Regions Tower was built. In 1994, the casino and 23 story hotel "Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall" opened.





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