In the northwest corner of the state, at its junction with Arkansas and Texas, Shreveport/Bossier is Louisiana’s third largest metropolitan area, after New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Unlike the two southerly cities, which were sustained by the Mississippi River, the area grew out of commerce on the Red River. It’s fitting therefore, that Shreveport is named after the man who made that possible. Capt. Henry Shreve led the effort to clear out the debris that clogged the Red River, making it unnavigable. With the area suddenly open and ready for commerce, Shreveport was founded in 1836, and grew rapidly.
|Louisiana Boardwalk, Shreveport
The city’s original townsite, covering 64 blocks, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the riverfront, the Louisiana Boardwalk offers a day’s worth of shopping and dining. In Bossier City, the Barksdale Air Force Base presents an air show led by the flying aces of the U.S. military.
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