Ten fun facts about Shreveport/Bossier City Louisiana
The original city of Shreveport was housed within sixty four blocks that had the Red River and Cross Bayou as boundary lines.
Author Charlaine Harris writes her Sookie Stackhouse novels based on the area around New Orleans. These novels were the inspiration for the television series known as true Blood.
For ten years Shreveport was home to the radio show ‘Hayride”. This radio show is often credited with helping the careers of singers like, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and the great Hank Williams.
The 8th Air Force Museum, which is considered to be very impressive is housed in this city.
The poet Ephraim David Tyler made his home in Shreveport.
Fort Humbug makes its home in Shreveport. The actual name of the Fort was Fort Turnbull, but the Fort was hastily constructed as a decoy to make spies think that the city had adequate military protection. There were even fake cannons put into place to make the Fort look more realistic. When it was discovered that the Fort was a decoy it was said to be nothing more than a great big humbug, and the name stuck from then on.
The R. W. North Art Gallery, Shreveport is located in this city.
The city is also home to a science center called Sci-Port.
The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is a popular landmark in Shreveport.
Is home to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.
5 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BOSSIER PARISH5 Fascinating Facts about the History of Bossier Parish
This year marks the 176th anniversary of Bossier Parish. Today, we are a thriving parish that has seen a continual growth in population, business and innovative ideas. Many have chosen to raise their family in our parish because they know it is a safe place to live, work and play. To celebrate the parish’s anniversary, the Bossier Press-Tribune created an anniversary edition. This great guide is perfect for those looking to brush up on their local history. Leading us to the question: Do you know all about the history of Bossier? Here are some fascinating historical facts that might surprise you.
1. Bossier Parish Was Formed on Feb. 24, 1843That’s right—175 years ago, the Louisiana Legislature formed Bossier Parish. Early residents fought to have their own government. In order to become a parish, they had to give the area law enforcement, court systems and an infrastructure. All of these things were needed to get the legislature to approve the parish. General Pierre Evariste Jean Baptiste Bossier was a key player in delivering the petition to the legislature to create Bossier Parish and it was eventually passed into law.
2. Shed Road Used to be a Dirt-Floored Roof-Covered RoadwayWho knew that Shed Road had been around for so long? This roadway used to be dirt floored and roof covered from 1872-1882. It was the only one of its kind in America at the time. A Minden attorney built the roadway to get Webster Parish farm goods to the Red River steamboats. It was eventually not needed anymore when the railroad took over as a better and cheaper way to ship things.
3. Plain Dealing Holds Highest Temperature in Louisiana RecordOn Aug. 10, 1936, Plain Dealing hit 114 degrees. This is the highest temperature ever recorded in Louisiana history. Today, the parish temperatures don’t surpass that record and we know residents are very thankful for that.
4. There Was a Population Boom From 1950-1990 in Bossier CityOver a span of just 40 years, Bossier City grew in population from 1950-1990 by 280 percent. In addition to the population growth, the area also grew in size. If you look at the history of Bossier, this seems to be a continual trend throughout the parish. Currently, the city’s population is estimated at over 70,000. Now, Bossier City is the 6th largest city in the state of Louisiana.
5. Bossier City Was Recognized by Money Magazine in Feb. 2018This year, Bossier City was recognized by Money Magazine as the best city in the state of Louisiana to live in. They cite Bossier as a place with, “ongoing infrastructure improvements, a low cost of living and rich local culture.” It is no wonder the population of Bossier is projected to have a steady growth in the future.
Looking for more facts about the history of Bossier? Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the parish by checking out the Bossier Press-Tribunes’ special anniversary edition.