Shreveport was founded in 1836 at the meeting point of the Red River and the Texas Trail, an overland route into Texas. A 180 mile logjam known as The Great Raft had blocked shipping on the Red River until it was cleared by the Army Corps of Engineers, led by Henry Miller Shreve, the city's namesake. Shreveport soon became a center of steamboat commerce based principally on cotton and crops. By 1860, Shreveport had a population of 3,500 within the city limits. During the American Civil War, Shreveport was a Confederate stronghold. The Red River remained navigable throughout the Civil War but disuse, along with the rise of the railroad, resulted in the river once again becoming un-navigable by 1914. In 1948, the Louisiana Hayride radio show began broadcasting from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, introducing audiences to Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. In 1994, the Army Corps of Engineers completed a series of lock-and-dam structures on the Red River, opening the river to commercial traffic and enabling Shreveport to establish port and shipping services.
Shreveport is hot and humid in the summer, with an average of 91 days with temperatures above 90 °F. Rainfall is abundant year-round, with seven to ten days of precipitation in any given month. The most severe storms occur in spring and summer. Winters are mild, with an average of 35 days dipping below the freezing temperature. Learn more about the weather conditions in Shreveport using the following links.
The Shreveport Area Transit System, commonly known as SporTran, provides bus services in Shreveport and Bossier City. Every bus route converges at downtown Shreveport, linking the entire city. SporTran operates seven days a week on 17 bus routes, with limited operations on the weekends. Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) is served by four airlines with direct service to Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta and Memphis.
Living in Shreveport is very affordable, with a cost of living that is 15% below the national average. This is primarily due to housing costs that are substantially lower than the national average. Use these cost of living calculators to see how your budget fits living in Shreveport.
Caddo Parish Public Schools serves more than 42,000 students in Shreveport and Caddo Parish. There are 71 public schools and 15 private schools in Shreveport. Students can attend any school of their choice in the district.
The median home value in Shreveport is $113,800, substantially lower than the national average. Shady Grove and Cross Lake are two of the most popular neighborhoods for home shoppers. Explore your home buying options using the following links.
You can find dozens of name brand accommodations in Shreveport for an overnight or longer stay. The Remington Suite Hotel and Spa is a historic boutique hotel offering comfort and great amenities in Shreveport's historic district. Sam's Town Hotel and Casino offers luxury, convenience and gaming, all in one location. The Fairfield Place Bed and Breakfast is an adult-only accommodation with vintage-inspired guest rooms and a meeting space for business travelers.
Louisiana is known for great taste and Shreveport is no exception. For a taste of savory Cajun dining, try Crawdaddy's Kitchen in Shreveport or Ralph & Kacoo's Seafood in Bossier City. Fertitta's Deli not only serves great sandwiches, it is the only family-owned restaurant on the National Registry of Historic Places. Chef Giuseppe Brucia brings his fine-dining experiences from Milan, Italy to Shreveport at Ristorante Giuseppe. For something out of the ordinary, explore the Caribbean and Latino dishes at Sabores Dominican Restaurant.
From art galleries to casino gaming, there is plenty to do in Shreveport at any time of the year. Shreveport’s original municipal water system, the McNeill Street Pumping Station, is now a museum featuring a Victorian-era waterworks display. The historic Strand Theatre opened as a vaudeville palace in 1925, and today is considered one of the best performance stages in the South, if not the world. Sci-Port is a science and entertainment center located on the Shreveport riverfront and features over 290 science, space science, technology and math exhibits. The 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base features authentic uniforms, battle exhibits and aircraft dating back to World War I.