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Hop on the "haunted" trolley for exclusive inside access to some of the most significant historic haunted landmarks of Shreveport-Bossier. This tour derives from original research done in collaboration with LSUS History professors. Stories and stops will include: Oakland Cemetery, Municipal Auditorium, The Logan Mansion, Caddo Courthouse, The Calanthean Temple, and the Spring Street Museum, among others.
Like many cities at least 150 years old, Shreveport has a plethora of architectural styles that represent its history and the people that have lived here; much of it can be seen in downtown Shreveport. Neoclassical Revival, Federal, Victorian, Queen Anne, Beaux Arts, Art Déco, and Romanesque Revival are a few of the architectural styles. Delve into the history of the buildings, who lived there, what was its original purpose and what it is now as a repurposed building. Tours of the inside of some of these buildings can be included if requested in advance.
Barksdale Air Force Base has a long history since its dedication in 1933 as a military base. This tour offers important highlights of military history that has occurred on this base but also features the human interest stories of this still active air base. View beautiful Beaux Arts-inspired urban designs from the 1930’s that still exist today as living quarters for officers. See where President George W. Bush addressed the nation after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Lastly, visit the Global Air Strike Museum to see an array of military air history.
Let our local foodie gurus take you on the ultimate foodie tour. Join them as they take you around Shreveport-Bossier showing off a mix of the wonderful flavors we offer “up north” which differentiates us from south Louisiana. You will make your way throughout the city stopping at some of the area's most talked about eateries and enjoying a variety of cuisine that represents a blending of many cultures: Creole, Tex Mex, Cajun, Italian, Spanish, Soul, and more. The food tour is a customized tour and final pricing will depend on your selection of locations.
"Goodnight, Irene" and "You Are My Sunshine" are 2 of the world's most-recorded songs. Both tunes were developed as their authors, Leadbelly and Jimmie Davis, lived and performed in Shreveport. Our music mensch tells tales about those fellows, plus the story of James Burton and "Suzie Q," of "Good Rockin' at Midnight" and Sam Cooke's hit, "A Change is Gonna Come." At the Municipal Auditorium the Louisiana Hayride country music variety show, featuring Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, comes alive. Blues, jazz, vaudeville, soul music, rock and classical music each have a role in Shreveport's musical story.
Shreveport's public sculptures along Texas Street - a statue of Leadbelly among them - signal to visitors that an art scene is alive. Local artists will guide you to downtown galleries such as Norsworthy Gallery, Agora Borealis, Southern University Museum of Art, which has a splendid collection of African art, Artspace and Central Artstation, as well as the Marlene Yu Museum on nearby Travis St. We would be amiss if we didn't include the piece de resistance of Shreveport art centers, it can be said, the RW Norton Foundation Art Gallery in South Highlands neighborhood.
The glowing taverns and restaurants of downtown Shreveport beckon to visitors of this city on the Red River. Music and food mavens appreciate experiencing the music scene and can tell you about the latest drinks and appetizers from the city's chefs. The craft brewery scene, including Great Raft, Red River Brewing and Flying Heart Brewery, offer a friendly series of stops as you investigate Shreveport's night life.
Consuming stuffed shrimp from Freeman & Harris (the longest running black family owned restaurant business in the US), jiving to the jazz of Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong, and dancing on the rooftop of the 4-story Calanthean Temple on Texas Avenue -- a tour of Black history in Shreveport includes lots of entertainment. It wouldn't be complete without the civil rights movement and the visits by Martin Luther King, Jr., to Shreveport's Little Union Baptist Church; the vaudeville acts at the Star Theater; salacious activity in St. Paul's Bottoms red light district; the life of the "Father of American folk music," Huddie “Leadbelly”. Finally, the soul music concerts by Sam Cooke and James Brown at the Municipal Auditorium will bring a finger-snapping close to the tour.
History lovers ... get to know the city via Texas Street, from the steps of First United Methodist Church to the edge of the Red River. The tour begins with tales of the Caddo Indians, emphasizes the dynamic Red River and includes the booms in cotton, timber and petroleum. On Texas Avenue the sights and stories touch upon African-American and immigrant life. Storytime will not close until the sounds of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, James Burton and James Brown have been called upon at the Municipal Auditorium.
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