Welcome to Shreveport
Captain Henry Shreve cleared a 165-mile logjam on the Red River and founded the river-port town of Shreveport – now the third-largest city in the state – in 1839. The city boomed with oil discoveries in the early 1900s, but declined after WWII. Some revitalization came in the form of huge Vegas-sized casinos and a riverfront entertainment complex. Today the casinos still form the main tourism draw in Shreveport, which has an odd identity – it's a large city in one of the most socially conservative parts of the country that attracts visitors looking to engage in a little sin (ie gambling).