Shreveport, Louisiana

Shreveport is located in the northwestern part and is the third largest city in Louisiana. 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 - Timeline

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. In 1841, the newspaper Caddo Gazette was published. 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 Crisp's Gaiety Theater was built, and the newspaper Daily Shreveport was published. The McNeill Street Pumping Station waterworks was founded in 1887 and is still in use. In 1890, the mule-drawn streetcars were converted to electric-motorized cars. In 1896, the Holy Trinity Catholic Church was built.

In 1900, 16,000 people lived in the city. In 1901, the Shreveport Journal was published. In 1901, the Antioch Baptist Church was built. In 1905, the Caddo Parish Confederate Monument was erected. The first skyscraper in the city, the Commercial National Bank Building, and the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse was built in 1910.

In 1915, the Scottish Rite Cathedral was built. 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. Also in 1925, the C. E. Byrd High School was established. 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 1937, the Masonic Temple was built. 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 hotel "Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall" opened. In 2014, Ollie Tyler becomes mayor. She was the first African-American woman in Shreveport elected mayor.