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Because of the specialized care that we take, there is no need to shutdown the facility while we are painting. Gras also invested in real estate; by the s was the largest landholder in Caddo Parish. He is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Shreveport. A number of local African-American musicians became nationally famous. By the s, Huddie William Ledbetter —also known as "Lead Belly", a blues singer and guitarist who eventually achieved worldwide fame—was performing for Shreveport audiences in St.
Paul's Bottoms, the notorious red-light district of Shreveport which operated legally from to Ledbetter began to develop his own style of music after exposure to a variety of musical influences on Shreveport's Fannin Street, a row of saloons, brothels , and dance halls in the Bottoms.
By , neglect and lack of use, due to diversion of freight traffic to railroad lines, resulted in the Red River becoming unnavigable. In , the United States Army Corps of Engineers restored navigability by completion of a series of federally funded lock-and-dam structures and a navigation channel. The following is copied content from Barksdale Air Force Base ; see that page's history for attribution.
As early as , the citizens of Shreveport became interested in hosting a military flying field. In , Shreveport citizens learned that the 3rd Attack Wing stationed at Fort Crockett, Texas, would be enlarged by percent and would require at least 20, acres 81 km2 to support aerial gunnery and a bombing range.
The efforts to procure the government's commitment to build the facility in the Shreveport metropolitan area were spearheaded by a committee co-chaired by local civic leaders Andrew Querbes and John D. Ewing , beginning in It took a great deal of correspondence between the interested parties and the original proposal was rejected.
However, in February , a young crop duster, an Air Corps captain named Harold Ross Harris, was hired to fly over the local area in order to find a suitable site for the airfield. Captain Harris selected what he felt was an adequate location for a military airfield. It was a sprawling section of cotton plantation near Bossier City. The site selection committee, representing the wealthiest taxpayers in the city, unanimously agreed upon the Barksdale Field location.
A delegation of citizens traveled to Washington, D. Following the return of this delegation, a special Army board visited Shreveport and reported the location met all requirements of the Air Corps. The site was selected 5 December , as the location of the airfield.
The land in Bossier Parish on which the airfield was built was unincorporated land near Bossier City that was annexed by the city of Shreveport once the site had been selected among 80 candidates. The last of these bonds matured on December 31, After acquisition, Shreveport then donated the land to the federal government per their agreement, while the federal government assumed all the costs of building construction and equipment installation.
Shreveport had originally proposed a site adjacent to Cross Lake Shreveport, Louisiana in Caddo Parish, Louisiana , but the United States Department of War deemed this location inappropriate due to the lack of suitable terrain for the facility's future expansion. Subsequent to the establishment of the military installation, Bossier City grew and expanded southward and eastward, eventually enveloping the area surrounding the base.
Technically, Barksdale AFB is neither in Bossier City nor Shreveport but, like all military bases, is an autonomous community with its own infrastructure. Shreveport was home to the Louisiana Hayride radio program, broadcast weekly from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium.
During its heyday from to , this program stimulated the careers of some of the greatest figures in American music. The Hayride featured musicians such as Hank Williams and Elvis Presley , who made his broadcasting debut at this venue. In , headlines across the country reported that musician Sam Cooke was arrested after his band tried to register at a "whites-only" Holiday Inn in Shreveport. Public facilities in Louisiana were still segregated, a social and constitutional injustice that the Civil Rights Movement was working to change.
In the mids, the coming of riverboat gambling to Shreveport attracted numerous new patrons to the downtown and spurred a revitalization of the adjacent riverfront areas. Many downtown streets were given a facelift through the "Streetscape" project. Traditional brick sidewalks and crosswalks were built, and statues, sculptures, and mosaics were added to create a better pedestrian environment.
Allen Bridge, commonly known as the Texas Street bridge , was lit with neon lights. Residents predictably had a variety of reactions to these changes.
Shreveport was named an All-American City in , , and Since the downturn in the oil industry and other economic problems, the city has struggled with unemployment, poverty, drugs and violent crime. In the local government and police authorities reported a crime drop in most categories; it was part of an overall reduction in crime since the late 20th century. Shreveport sits on a low elevation overlooking the Red River. Pine forests, cotton fields, wetlands, and waterways mark the outskirts of the city.
According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of Shreveport encompasses many neighborhoods and districts. Below is a list of areas in the Shreveport area of Caddo Parish:.
In the Highland section, along Fairfield Avenue, more than a half dozen houses have been designated as historic and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include residences once occupied by Lieutenant Governor Thomas Charles Barret, who served early in the 20th century; a Broadway director, Joshua Logan ; a former governor, Ruffin Pleasant , and wife; a physician and developer, George W.
Slattery, a major real estate owner, whose former home is one of five remaining structures in Shreveport designed by the noted architect N. Steere School, expanded in , is named for Albert Coldwell Steere, developer and founder of the Broadmoor neighborhood; the institution was added in to the National Register of Historic Places.
It was designed by Edward F. Robinson Place in Shreveport, former home of physician and developer George W. For much of Shreveport's history, its skyline only displayed low- and mid- rise structures. In the 20th and 21st centuries, high rises began to appear in Downtown Shreveport. Rainfall is abundant, with the normal annual precipitation averaging over 51 inches 1.
Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail , damaging winds and tornadoes occur in the area during the spring and summer months. Shreveport is also home to a branch of the National Weather Service which provides forecasts and warnings for the greater Ark-La-Tex region. As of the census , the population of Shreveport was , The racial and ethnic composition of the population was There were 91, households, out of which The average household size was 2.
Population ages ranked as follows: The median age was 34 years. The city ranks third in the nation of cities over , population with significant gender disparity: Shreveport has Christianity as the city's dominant religion. Its residents were predominately Protestant through the nineteenth century.
The current sanctuary dates to The church is pastored by Pat Day. Among its former pastors were D. During a severe thunderstorm in , the fiberglass steeple of the church toppled and fell onto a passing car. A second Methodist congregation is named for J. The church was begun as a mission in Methodist layman James Noel and his wife, Fannie, provided financially for the church in its early years.
The congregation decided to name the church for the Noel's late son. Like First United Methodist, it opened in the current sanctuary in and grew rapidly. A fire gutted the building in , and only a portion of the loss was covered by insurance.
The members expanded their ranks and rebuilt at the Herndon location. In the current Noel Memorial pastor was Flint Shea. The large Holy Trinity Catholic Church , located downtown, was founded in Five priests died of yellow fever in the epidemic. The current sanctuary in Romanesque revival style architecture dates to Dodd , an early radio minister and founder of the former Dodd College for Girls. Former Governor Jimmie Davis , also a Shreveport city commissioner, taught history for a year under Dodd's tutelage.
The last was previously pastored by Wayne L. DuBose, now a Baptist denominational officer. Westview Christian Church is an independent Christian church that serves members from diverse denominational backgrounds. Shreveport is home to Shreveport Community Church, an inter-denominational church belonging to the Assemblies of God.
Particularly striking in size and architecture is St. Mark's dates its establishment to the first religious service held in Shreveport in The Jewish community dates to the organization of Congregation Har El in , made up primarily of German Jewish immigrants in its early years.
It developed as B'nai Zion Temple, today the city's Reform congregation, which built the largest synagogue. Agudath Achim, founded in as an Orthodox congregation of immigrants from Eastern Europe, is today a traditional Jewish synagogue. Kawaler, the current rabbi, is focused on rebuilding the congregation, which dwindled in size during the second half of the twentieth century. Shreveport, historically, has had a large and civic-minded Jewish community and has elected three Jewish mayors.
The third largest religious group in Shreveport and its surrounding metro area is Islam. Shreveport was once a major player in United States oil business, and at one time could boast Standard Oil of Louisiana as a locally based company. Beginning in , United Gas Corporation , the nation's busiest pipeline operator and massive integrated oil company, was headquartered in Shreveport.
Pennzoil performed a hostile takeover in , and forced a merger. In the s, the oil and gas industry suffered a large economic downturn. This affected all of the regional economy, and many companies cut back jobs or went out of business, including a large retail shopping mall, South Park Mall, which closed in the late s. Its major facilities were adapted for use by Summer Grove Baptist Church.
Shreveport suffered severely from this recession, and many residents left the area. Since that time, Shreveport has largely transitioned to a service economy. In particular, there has been rapid growth in the gaming industry. The city hosts various riverboat gambling casinos , and, before Hurricane Katrina in , was second only to New Orleans in Louisiana tourism. Nearby Bossier City is home to one of the three horse racetracks in the state, Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau is the official tourism information agency for the region. The bureau maintains a comprehensive database of restaurants, accommodations, attractions, and events. Managed by SMG , it includes an space parking garage. An adjoining Hilton Hotel opened in June It was constructed by and owned by the city, which has been a controversial issue, the subject of discussions about use of public funds. Shreveport is a major medical center of the region and state.
As of November , excitement has centered around development of the Haynesville Shale , with many new jobs in the natural gas industry expected to be created over the next few years. However, the recent economic downturn has resulted in a lower market price for natural gas and slower-than-expected drilling activity.
The city expected to generat revenue by leasing the mineral rights on public lands in the near future as neighboring municipalities have already done. Vincent , but the long-term fate of the business is in doubt. An outdoor fountain included in the remodeling project, is crumbling and without water, and plants surrounding the structure have died. In Fortune magazine ranked Shreveport the " 1 place to start a business".
Vincent operations; Sears is reportedly in jeopardy, too. Online shopping and changing consumer habits pose a serious threat to shopping malls; analysts say that as many as one in four could close nationally within the next five years. According to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report ,  the top employers in the metropolitan area are:. Tax incentives offered by the state government have given Louisiana the third largest film industry in the country, behind California and New York.
Louisiana is sometimes called "Hollywood South". Facilities include sound stages , prop rental facilities, the Fairgrounds Complex, and the Louisiana Wave Studio, a computer-controlled outdoor wave pool. Several television series have been shot in Shreveport and the surrounding area, including The Gates , and Salem The Louisiana Film Prize has spurred the creation of over short films shot in Shreveport and northwest Louisiana by filmmakers from around the world since its inception in Founded in and incorporated in , Shreveport is the parish seat of Caddo Parish.
It is part of the First Judicial District, housing the parish courthouse. It also houses the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, which consists of nine elected judges representing twenty parishes in northwest Louisiana.
A portion of east Shreveport extends into Bossier Parish due to the changing course of the Red River. The city of Shreveport has a mayor-council government.
The elected municipal officials include the mayor , Ollie Tyler , and seven members of the city council. Cedric Glover, now a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives , was the first African American to hold the mayoral position.
Under the mayor-council government, the mayor serves as the executive officer of the city. As the city's chief administrator and official representative, the mayor is responsible for the general management of the city and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Caddo Public Schools is a school district based in Shreveport.
The district serves all of Caddo Parish. Its founding superintendent was Clifton Ellis Byrd , a Virginia native, who assumed the chief administrative position in and continued until his death in Shreveport has several colleges, including the Methodist -affiliated Centenary College founded at Jackson, Louisiana , in ; relocated to Shreveport in and Louisiana State University in Shreveport , which opened as a two-year institution in It became four-year in Shreveport also has one of the largest nursing schools in northern Louisiana, the Northwestern State University College of Nursing.
Since July , Shreveport is home to a local Remington College campus. This location offers both diploma and degree programs, and is active in the Shreveport community. Virginia College opened in