Downtown History Tours

Each one of the buildings and spaces in Downtown Shreveport has stories to tell. More than 180 years old, downtown has lived through it all – war(s),  economic collapse, a legal Red Light District, gunfights in the streets, Yellow Fever, railroad wealth, oil and gas millions, Huddie Ledbetter, Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley. Our tales are big and bold, writ large by people who were unwilling to take no for an answer and whose decisions were incredibly wise and unreasonably idiotic. They are no longer around to speak for themselves, so we now do it for them. You owe it to yourself to explore our history of colorful women, shady men, business tycoons and balladeers, some of whom have apparently refused to shed the surly bonds of earth and remain to lend a little ‘spirit’ to various occasions. Downtown is proud to show off its past with a variety of talks and tours, and you’re always welcome to take part. Ogilvie Wiener Mansion Tours– Tours of the work happening at the beautiful Queen Anne Ogilview Wiener Mansion are each Saturday and Sunday, 4-6 pm. Wear light clothing and comfy shoes, there is no air conditioning and stair climbing will be required. The beautiful home is located in the city’s first subdivision. The owner and builder, William Burwell Ogilvie, did not get to enjoy it long. The Ogilvie mansion was built in...

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