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Shreveport is the center of culture and commerce in the Ark-La-Tex region, where Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas meet. It is home to Centenary College and to a number of entertainment and dining options.


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Fast facts about Shreveport:

  • The City of Shreveport was founded by the Shreve Town Company in 1836, incorporated as a town in 1839 and incorporated as a city in 1871 (Louisiana became the 18th state on April 30, 1812).
  • Captain Henry Miller Shreve, commanding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, cleared the Red River of a 180-mile-long raft of debris in the 1830s, opening the area for commerce. Shreveport is named in his honor.
  • The Shreve Town Company bought the land for the city from the indigenous Caddo Indians in 1835.
  • Consisting of 64 city blocks, the original town site now serves as Shreveport's central business district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The population of Shreveport is 200,199.
  • The combined population of Northwest Louisiana (ten parish area) is 590,408 and covers 7,740 square miles.
  • Shreveport is 177 feet above sea level.
  • Shreveport's sister city, Bossier City, was founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1907.
  • Opened in 1933, Barksdale Air Force Base is the largest bomber base in the world.

Sources: The City of Shreveport and 

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