About the city Shreveport
Shreveport is a town like no other, and is the third largest city in Louisiana. When it comes to a clash of culture, transportation and food, the greater Shreveport area continues to deliver a one of a kind experience in Northwestern Louisiana. In this article, we are going to look at the history of Shreveport, the current attractions in the city, and some of the best places to grab a bite to eat in and around the city core (as of 2-20-2017).
Shreveport, Louisiana was founded in 1836, on the edge of the Red River and where the Texas trail met said river. Before the founding, the area was seen as a productive river for transportation, except there was an 180-mile-long log jam that impeded shipping traffic. The United States Army Corps of Engineers, led by Captain Henry Miller Shreve undertook the task. His specially modified riverboat the Heliopolis removed the jam, and the village of Shreve Town, which would later be named Shreveport.
During the Civil War, the city acted as the capital of Louisiana, as the previous capitals, Baton Rouge and Opelousas fell under Union control. The city was also home to the trans-Mississippi department of the Confederate Army and continued to be a Confederate stronghold throughout the war. As well, it as home to Fort Albert Sidney Johnston which was built on the ridge overlooking the city, and continues to stand as a historic site.
During the 20th century the city started to fall into some disrepair, as the city struggled with a river that was not navigable, and a dying industrial footprint. However, in the mid-1990’s the city started to see a facelift, and it has continued to grow into one of the best places to live in the state. This was due to a few reasons, but one of the main ones was that riverboat gambling was allowed once again. The downtown and riverfront areas saw a revitalization of this industry. As well, the city took on a streetscape project where brick sidewalks were built, statues, sculptures and mosaics were also added. As well, the O.K. Allen Bridge was lit for the first time with neon lights, which had added a little extra light to the downtown area.
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The top gallery in the Northwest Louisiana area is in fact in Shreveport. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is home to some of the top American and European art collection in the south-east. With more than four centuries of art represented, you will find works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell here. As well, if you arrive in the spring time you will be able to see the over 10,000 azaleas in bloom around the galleries beautiful garden.
Eldorado Resort Casino
The Eldorado is one of the many casinos that dot the Shreveport waterfront that celebrates the rich riverboat gambling tradition. With three restaurants and all the table games that you can handle, the gambling does not stop at the Eldorado. As well, some great acts come, though, and the lounge singers are some of the best in the state. As well, some great acts come, though, and the lounge singers are some of the best in the state.
Sci-port Discovery Center
One of the largest science and entertainment centers in Louisiana, the Sci-port Discover Center is home to the only IMAX Dome Theatre in the state. As well, it has well over 200 hands-on exhibits, interactive programs and demonstrations. As well, its homes to the Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium and it truly has some amazing presentations for all ages. This is a great space for both adults and children, and its worth the trip for the afternoon for sure.
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Opened in 1939, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is a great spot for any children or adults in your party. It showcased Louisiana agriculture, industry, art and history, and is home to some truly one of a kind piece in the state. It has been operated by the Public Works Administration for the last 80 years and continues to offer free admission to the public.
Barksdale Global Power Museum
This private collection and museum are truly one of the top collections in the United States for authentic war prizes. With authentic uniforms, battle exhibits and some amazing aircraft, this space is a must stop for any history or military junky. The collection dates back to World War One and has some of the best pieces in the state, if not the nation.
Where to eat
Jack Binions Steak House
It is something to say when you have the best steak house in Shreveport, but the steaks at Jack Binions is truly amazing. Not only can you have some great steak, but the seafood that is available here is great, and so is the chicken. Make sure to get the potatoes, we are not sure what they do to them, but the garlic mashed potatoes are truly something to die for.
Jacquelyn’s Café is a must stop for lunch eats in Shreveport. It offers great southern comfort food, and the fried chicken is something to take the drive for. With great pricing and a wonderful staff, the local favorite best be on your list for food.
If you are looking for the best seafood in the area, look no further than Crawdaddy’s Kitchen. With everything from crawfish to alligator, the food is truly Cajun cooking at its finest. You need to get the gumbo and if you are feeling a little adventurous you can try the fried frog legs. Crawdaddy’s is popular with the locals and tourists alike and is worth the money. Make sure to get there early to get a table or two!
Shreveport is truly an amazing place full of history, great sites and even better food. You better come hungry, and with some walking shoes because Northwest Louisiana’s finest city is waiting for you. No matter if you are from the continental United States, Canada, Europe or just down the road, Shreveport is a welcoming place and never say no to seconds.