History

Early pioneers came to the area today known as Shreveport and Bossier City more than 175 years ago, recognizing the value of the fertile land along the Red River.

Migration to this area increased after Captain Henry Miller Shreve, a steamboat captain, cleared a great logjam known as the "Great Raft" in the 1830s. The Great Raft stretched 150 miles along the Red River. Captain Shreve's work opened the area to commerce, marking the beginning of growth and prosperity.

In 1835, eight businessmen formed the Shreve Town Company. The town, later to be named Shreveport, was incorporated in 1839. Agriculture was the area's mainstay in those days, but the lumber industry and manufacturing developed through the 1880s with the assistance of railroads. In the early 1900s came the oil boom, serving as the impetus for industrial and commercial expansion.

Bossier City had its beginnings in the 1840s as a small trading post known as Cane's Landing. The site was incorporated in 1907 and named Bossier City. The town became the home of Barksdale Air Force Base in 1933 and since that time has been one of the fastest growing cities in the state.

Today, Shreveport and Bossier City serves as the trade and cultural hub of the Ark-La-Tex, a 200-mile radius extending into Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

Free Attractions

Artspace

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Artspace - Free Life Draw Class

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Artspace - 10% Off Giftspace during May Downtown Artwalk

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Barksdale Global Power Museum

See vintage aircraft and U.S. Air Force memorabilia at…

Barksdale Global Power Museum - Free Admission

Visit Barksdale Global Power Museum and enjoy free…

Betty Virginia Park

The 23-acre Betty Virginia Park offers a walking trail,…

Boom or Bust Byway

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Bossier Arts Council - Enter to Win Art

Mention, “Be A Fan of SB,” to be entered to win an…

Bossier Parish Library Historical Center

Learn about the people and culture of Bossier Parish.…

C. Bickham Dickson Park

C. Bickham Dickson Park sits on 585 acres and offers…

David Raines Community Center

David Raines Community Center and Park sits on 17 acres…

East Bank Gallery

Walk around art exhibitions featuring regional artists and…

Elvis Presley Statue

A bronze statue of Elvis Presley stands tall in front of…

Free Things to Do

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J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center

Learn about the Red River, past and present. The center…