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Did You Know These About Shreveport?

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Shreveport has attractions and activities for everyone out there.  Entertainment-check, shopping-check, outdoor fun-check, art and culture-check, zoo, water parks, riverfront casinos, nightlife, all check. The list is endless. Shreveport is the destination to be added to your bucket list. But before you venture out into this Port City, you might want to know something about it. It is better to know a little background information and enrich your knowledge. So here are some important and interesting facts about Shreveport.

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Shreveport Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Shreveport is the east seat of Caddo Parish extending along the banks of Red River into the Bossier City. 
  • It is located in the northwest part of Louisiana near the borders of Arkansas and Texas.
  • It lies at the intersection of I-49 and I-20.
  • It is the third largest city in Louisiana and 113th largest city in the US.
  • Shreveport has a sister city- Bossier, which is located in the eastern part of the Red River.
  • It is settled on a low elevation having a view of the Red River.
  • Wetlands, Cotton fields, Waterways and Pine forests surround the city.
  • The ethnic composition of Shreveport includes White-41.16%, Black or African American- 54.-70%, Asian-2.0%, Native American-1.0%, from some other race-1.2%, and two or more races-1.5%.

Shreveport History Fast Facts

  • Shreveport was first established in 1803 and originally got the name “Shreve Town” in honor of the US Army Corps of Engineers- Captain Henry Miller Shreve.
  • In 1839, Shreve Town Company founded Shreveport as a town
  • Shreveport was incorporated as a city in 1871.
  • During the Civil War, Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana for a brief time, when Baton Rouge was succeeded by Union Forces.
  • By 1980s, the dominant sector in Shreveport was the oil industry.

Shreveport Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Shreveport follows a mayor-council type of government.
  • The city is the parish seat of Caddo Parish.
  • The city has the highest property taxes in the nation.
  • According to Fast Company, it is an ideal place to promote tech startups.
  • It is the cultural and commercial center of the Ark-La-Tex area, where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas come together.
  • Shreveport as a Service economy: The city has transitioned into a service economy and experienced a fast growth in the gaming sector, with focus on riverboat gambling.

Shreveport Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Shreveport is nicknamed as “Port City”.
  • Shreveport also celebrates “Mardi Gras”, a carnival celebration loaded with costumes, feathers, beads, food, parties, family-fun parades, drinks and music that whip through the streets of Shreveport. 
  • The city is home to “Chimp Haven”, which is a sanctuary for chimpanzees that have been retired from the entertainment and biomedical research industry
  • One of the famous landmarks in the city is the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.
  • Shreveport hosted the superhit radio show –Louisiana Hayride, from 1948 to 1960, which has been accredited with launching the music legends- Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
  • The city is home to 20,000 rose bushes at The Gardens of the American Rose Center.
  • The city is home to “Fort Humbug”, a military site used to hoodwink Federal spies into thinking that the region was heavily armed. However, the site was full of fake cannons.
  • Many exterior scenes of the popular series of HBO “True Blood: was shot near Shreveport.
  • Shreveport is home to the first ever Shriner’s hospital in the world. It was founded in 1922.
  • Shreveport is home to one of the largest art murals in the United States- “Once In A Millennium Moon Mega Mural” on the AT&T Building.
  • The city is home to some great sports stars, including Tommy Maddox, Terry Bradshaw and Todd Walker. 
  • The popular pastime in Shreveport is fishing.
  • The city is known for its Cajun-Creole staples. The city even celebrates a “Mudbug Festival”, a Cajun festival. 
  •  The city is home to two riverfront casinos- Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino and Eldorado Resort Casino. People in Shreveport are no strangers to the slot machines.
  • The city has been named as “All American City” thrice- in 1999, 1979 and 1953.
  • Shreveport Times” is the daily newspaper serving the city.
  • Over 100 films have been shot in Shreveport. Some of the films are-
    • The Guardian, Premonition, The Mist, Drive Angry, The Great Debaters, Soul Men, The Iceman, Dark Places, I Saw the Light, and many more.
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