Shreveport Off The Beaten Path

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    Historic Oakland Cemetery

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 14, 2012

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    On the very edge of Shreveport's business district by the Municipal Auditorium is the old Oakland Cemetery, resting place of Shreveport's pioneers for over 150 years. It is not that well known (which is why I have listed it as off the beaten track) but it is the city's oldest and arguably most important landmark. After we visited Oil City, we ate lunch and got to Oakland about 1400. We drove around the cemetery past the entrance at Milam Street and Elvis Presley Boulevard, but couldn't find a place to park on the street. So we parked in an adjacent lot, and walked over. I took some pictures.

    Facts About Oakland

    * Founded in 1847
    * Oldest monument bears a death date of 1842; moved here from earlier, now vanished, Fannin Street Cemetery, which closed when Oakland was opened.
    * At least 15 (and probably 16) Mayors rest here
    * 85% of burials pre-date 1900
    * Ten acres in size
    * Boundaries are Milam, Christian and Sprague Streets and the Municipal Plaza
    * Believed to contain about 5,000 burials, many of these unmarked
    * 759 victims of the 1873 yellow fever epidemic rest in a mass grave; more throughout cemetery
    * Jewish section (1858) was third Jewish Cemetery in Louisiana outside New Orleans
    * Over 300 veterans of the Civil War are buried here
    * Oakland is still in use, though few burials now take place here
    * Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1977

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    Barksdale AFB Eighth Air Force Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 22, 2010

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    Homebase to both the B-52 Stratofortress and the A-10 Thunderbolt II, Barksdale is an important air force base in United States. Outside the museum, twenty-eight aircraft are on static display, including the P-51 Mustang (photo 5), the B-17 Flying Fortress, the F-84F Thunderstreak, the B-47 Stratojet (photo 2), the KC-97 Stratofreighter, the B-52D Stratofortress and the B-29 Superfortress.

    Bob took a lot more photos outside of the museum than I did because I was tired. I walked back to our Inn unit and left him taking photos. He has one of the MiG 21F (photo 4), and the Lockheed Shooting Star. There are more photos in the Bossier City travelogue

    The Museum is located at the North entrance of Barksdale Air Force Base.

    The museum is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm, everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

    A Government issued ID, (Drivers License, Passport etc.) is required to gain entry at the museum entrance.

    All vehicles are subject to search.
    No backpacks, briefcases or large bags will be allowed in any buildings.
    Visitors please sign in upon entering the museum.

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    Caddo Lake Lift Bridge

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 22, 2010

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    I found out about this historic bridge in the AAA handbook. So, since it was free, we went out to Mooringsport north of Shreveport to see the Historic Caddo Lake Lift Bridge. There were people fishing on and under the bridge (photo 5). We watched someone putting their boat on a trailer. A train passed on the railroad bridge (photo 4).

    In 1914, the bridge at Mooringsport was built to replace the ferry.

    According to the website:
    The Midland Bridge Company of Kansas City, Missouri built the bridge under authority of the Caddo Parish Police Jury. This vehicular bridge illustrates the unique "Vertical-Lift" design of Mr. James Alexander Low Waddell of the illustrious firm of Waddell and Harrington Bridges. This design allowed the entire center span to lift in a vertical direction to allow tall oil equipment to pass through, especially Gulf Oil Company's pile driver. This design was invented in 1893...

    In the summer of 1941, just prior to World War II, the United States Army held maneuvers in and around Mooringsport as a means of preparing the soldiers for war. During the maneuvers, Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton came to Mooringsport and led the Red and Blue armies in the "capture" of the bridge. They also bombed the bridge with sacks of flour.

    In the mid 1940's, ownership of the bridge was transferred away from Caddo Parish to the Louisiana Department of Highways {LA Department of Transportation & Development-DOTD}. Shortly after the transfer, the Department of Highways realized that there was no longer a need for the bridge to open. Consequently, the concrete counterweights were removed from the bridge's tower and dropped in the lake. ..

    In the late 1970's due to the narrow width of the bridge, the flow of vehicular traffic was changed to one alternating lane. At this time, the DOTD determined that the useful life of the bridge had been exhausted and it was time to consider its replacement. In 1989, the DOTD received funds from the Federal Highway Administration for a bridge replacement project. The project called for the construction of a new two lane bridge approximately fifty feet to the east of the old bridge. (photo 2)

    Due to efforts of preservationists, the old bridge was not demolished as in the original plans

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    Louisiana State Oil and Gas Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 22, 2010

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    The exhibit starts off with the exhibits of the local Amerindian population (the Caddo Indians) with relics and arrowheads dating back 10,000 years. There is are many artifacts including a wooden flow line pipe, an electric motor patented in 1899, a steam-driven fluid pump, pipe tongs and other equipment and there are dioramas depicting the life of early oil town workers including a bar and house. There is also a large collection of early boomtown and gusher photographs. There was also an exhibit on clearing log jams with a mock-up of a dynamite igniter (where you push down the handle to set off the dynamite). Bob pushed it and it really went off with a bang and startled him.

    In another part of the museum, the Caddo Indian Room, features Caddo Indian. Outside, you can visit the oil derrick and historic boomtown buildings just outside the museum.

    Also you can see the previous home of the museum which was in the city's old Kansas City Southern railroad depot where the museum was when it was initially formed by a group of citizens in 1969. They wanted to highlight the historic importance of the town as the site of the 1911 "Ferry No. 1" well, which was one of the world's first over-water discovery wells.

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  • This place stinks! No kidding!

    by shannaflores Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Okay I have been here for 16 months, my husband is in the military. If you are coming from a bigger city, and want to do something other than the casinos good luck. Theatre, clubs, etc. are smaller scale. If you are not from a bigger city ;then you'll like it. I live in Bossier...and I do enjoy the Outback steakhouse, but that seems to be the best place to eat here. (Doesn't say much) Great place for family outdoor activity during the warm seasons, but that's about it.

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    Caddo Lake

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 9, 2006

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    According to a Caddoan legend, Caddo Lake was shaped by an earthquake. It was alleged that an Caddo Indian Chief was warned by the Great Spirit to shift his village from the low lands. The Chief unfortunately disregarded the warning and one day while he and his men were out on a hunting trip, the ground started shaking and the village disappeared below the water of the newly created Caddo Lake.

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    Party Central- Family Fun Center

    by Sophie1980 Written Jun 30, 2004

    Here you can play miniature golf, go go-karting, they have bumper boats where you can soak your family and friendsand a climbing wall. Also outside is a huge slide for kids, and a couple of merry-go-round type rides. Inside there are arcade games and a play area for kids which is free.
    Here they serve chips, hotdogs, sandwiches, etc.
    Out of the way, but great family fun.

    Location: 4401 Viking Drive, Bossier City.

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    The Port

    by keeweechic Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Port is located in northwest Louisiana at the head of navigation on the Red River. The Port of Shreveport-Bossier is one of America's fastest growing multimodal inland transportation and distribution centres.
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    400 year old trees

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 17, 2002

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    There are trees on this lake that have been ringed at 400 years of age, gracefully draped in Spanish Moss. There are more than 216 species of birds, 47 mammals, 90 reptiles, and 77 species of fish which make their home here.
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    Legend Has It

    by keeweechic Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There could be some truth to this story because in 1811 New Madrid, Missouri had an earthquake that measured 8.9 and this could have knocked down enough trees to form the great raft that dammed the Red River and formed Caddo Lake.
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    All Saints Church

    by keeweechic Updated May 11, 2003

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    All Saints Church no particular reason for this other than we passed it on the way back from Natchitoches, on the southside of Shreveport, and I thought the design was really quite different.
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