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Guide to Shreveport
Shreveport Apartments For Rent
Extending along the Red River, with a skyline to rival all others, Shreveport is “The Next Great City of the South.” Located in the northwestern part of Louisiana, Shreveport is the third largest city in the state, containing a total area of 120.8 square miles and having a population of more than 199,000.
Shreveport was incorporated in March 1839. Prior to this, the city was known as Shreve Town, named after Henry Miller Shreve. Shreve cleared the Red River of a natural log jam that clogged the river for more than 150 miles. Soon after its incorporation, the city became a center of steamboat commerce, with cotton, agricultural products, and slave trading being major markets, although slave trading wasn’t as big in Shreveport as in other Louisiana cities. By 1860, there were 2,200 free and 1,300 slaves in the city.
During the Civil War, 1863-1865, Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana. Almost 50 years later during the 1910s, the music scene began growing as Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter had achieved fame as a blues singer and guitarist with a unique style that took his influences from Shreveport-area venues. Other big names that came out of or made appearances in the area include Jesse Thomas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bill Wray, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley. In the mid-1990s, the city saw even more growth as riverboat gambling became a big deal and other cultural aspects of the city began to pop up.
Things to Do in Shreveport:
No matter what part of state you’re in, Louisiana is filled with good times. There are tons of great things to do in Shreveport and moving to an apartment here will give you plenty of time to explore it all. The attractions come in all shapes and sizes, the sports and outdoor recreation are amazing, the casinos are a big hit, and the food is to die for.
Whether you are looking for family fun, historical, or cultural things to do, the attractions in Shreveport will provide. Enjoy fun in the sun with a visit to Splash Kingdom Water Park or spend the day learning about science in a great way at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, or get up close and personal with the animals at the Jubilee Zoo. Take a look at the various cultures around the city with visits to the Asian Gardens of Shreveport and the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. For more of a historical attraction, visit the city’s oldest church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and marvel at its beautiful architecture and stained glass windows.
There may not be any major league professional sports teams in the city, but college sports and recreational activities are present and accounted for. At Ark-La-Tex Flyboard you don’t just have fun in the water, but above the water. Catch a game during the season of the Southeast Texas Mavericks, an American Basketball Association team, or the minor league football team, the Shreveport-Bossier Knights. See the post-season college football match-up in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl featuring teams from the ACC and SEC. Enjoy golfing, fishing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and more at the various golf courses and parks throughout the city.
If you’re coming by yourself, then you can enjoy all the nightlife you want; if you’re coming with a family, then you might want to hire a babysitter some nights, because the casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City are fantastic. Casinos in Shreveport include the Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport and Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Shreveport. Eldorado has more than 1,300 slot machines, 50 table games and the largest poker room around. Sam’s Town offers never-ending excitement with more than 1,100 slot machines and 30 table games. There are four other casinos in Bossier City – Boomtown, Diamondjacks, Horseshoe, and Margaritaville.
You can’t live in the south and not have great food. The dining in Shreveport has all that you could possibly want; whether it’s Cajun or international, it is here. For the best in Cajun and Creole cuisine you have to visit places like Herby-K’s and Crawdaddy’s Kitchen. Greek cuisine has a presence here as well, with great places such as Athena Greek & Lebanese Grill and Pita de’ Novo. If you’re in the mood to go south of the border, try an upscale Mexican restaurant like Cantina Laredo or the hidden jewel for casual cuisine, El Compadre Mexican Restaurant. Get some fresh, from scratch, handmade goodies from Geauxsicles or Buttercup Cupcakes to satisfy sweet cravings.
What to Consider When Moving to Shreveport:
All cities, no matter where you go, have facts that you should research. There is so much more to a city than just its attractions and sports. When you’re moving to an apartment in Shreveport, look past the tables at the casinos and dive deeper into the important factors of the city such as the economy, the schools, and other cool facts like film production.
According to the 2013 records, the metropolitan area of Shreveport-Bossier City had five employers that far topped the economy charts in the area – Barksdale Air Force Base, Caddo Public Schools, the State of Louisiana, University Health, and Willis-Knighton Health System. Barksdale Air Force base is located near Bossier City; it was built in 1931 and has been in operation ever since. Caddo Public Schools serves all of Caddo parish, which includes all of Shreveport. University Health is the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.
In case you didn’t know, Louisiana has the third largest film industry in the U.S. with only California and New York ahead of it. The state has even acquired the nickname “Hollywood South” due to its popularity with the film world. Shreveport has not been left out of this equation as all. In fact, there have been 25 movies and two TV series filmed in the city since 2006, including movies such as Soul Men, Year One, W., Olympus Has Fallen, and the show The Gates.
Why Shreveport Apartments Are Hot:
Regardless of why you are moving to the city, Shreveport apartments are definitely hot and everything in the city proves it. There is so much to do in this great city and being a resident here, you get to experience it all at your own pace. Take the time to explore the various attractions, go see one of the popular sporting events taking place – even if you don’t have a favorite team yet. Visit the local museums and parks and make some new friends. Taste the fantastic cuisine at the many restaurants in the city and spend just enough time in the casinos to take some extra cash back home. Everything in this city will show you why Shreveport is “The Next Great City of the South.”
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Centenary College of Louisiana
- Bossier Parish Community College
- La Tech College Shreveport
- Southern University Shreveport
- LSU Shreveport
Nearby Military Bases
- Barksdale Air Force Base
- Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant District 2
- Louisiana Army Ammunition Plan District 5
- The Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium was built in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Gardens of the American Rose Center is a 118-acre botanical garden with over 20,000 rose varieties in 65 gardens.
- The 85-acre Ford Park, located on Cross Lake, features tennis courts, disk golf, a walking trail, ball fields, and a fishing pier.
- Barksdale Air Force Base, which opened in 1933, is across the river from Shreveport in Bossier.
- Events in Shreveport include the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival, Mardi Gras, and the Independence Bowl.
- The Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a four-year public university that was established in 1967.
The Shreveport Court House
The convention center in Shreveport
The historic Red River District in Shreveport contains restaurants and clubs.
Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City
The railroad track joining Shreveport and Bossier City
The Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City located along the Red River is filled with shops and restaurants.