Follow the Historic Trail Itinerary


Travel around northwest Louisiana to learn about the culture through its historic places. Shreveport was originally occupied by Caddo Native Americans and later settled in the early 1800s by pioneers from the Carolinas. The town became prosperous in 1836 after Captain Henry Miller Shreve and his men removed a 165-mile logjam that had formed along the Red River. The settlement was incorporated into Shreve Town Company, which was officially renamed to Shreveport in 1837.

Bossier City, located across the river, dates back to 1843 when General Pierre Evariste John Baptist Bossier, a famous Creole general, was instrumental in forming the parish across the Red River from Shreveport. The town was officially incorporated in 1907 after a fire destroyed most of Bossier City’s downtown, that is today a group-friendly entertainment district called the East Bank District.

From the stage that Elvis Presley performed his radio debut to pioneer settlements and historic homes, Shreveport-Bossier is brimming with history. The scenic backroads, Boom or Bust Byway, is a great way to see historic places like the Caddo Lake Drawbridge and Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum that tell the story of Caddo Parish’s history. In addition to the many historical attractions, your group will also love Shreveport-Bossier’s 24-hour gaming, riverfront entertainment, shopping at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, year-round festivals, and mouthwatering cuisine.

Itinerary duration: 2 days
Walking required: Moderate
Availability: Year-round

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