The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society, Dr. Mark Provenza and the Red River Valley Railroad Historical Society present Downtown Shreveport’s second annual hidden history tour — Hidden History II: Downtown’s Railroad Past.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Noon – 4:00pm
Begins at artspace ● 710 Texas Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
*Admission: $5/person (plus fees)
*Participants will be riding trolleys and shuttle buses.
*Not all stops on the tour are handicap accessible.
*Tours will be conducted rain or shine.
Purchase tickets in advance here! Select your tour time and plan to be at artspace 15 minutes before your tour departs. Tickets will not be mailed, but you can pick them up at WILL CALL at artspace.
12:00pm ● 12:15pm ● 12:30pm
1:00pm ● 1:15pm ● 1:30pm
2:00pm ● 2:15pm ● 2:30pm
3:00pm ● 3:15pm
A number of things will be happening on the grounds of the Railroad Museum-Shreveport Water Works Museum (the last stop on the tour) including live music, vendors, model railroaders, and Operation Lifesaver. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Tables and chairs will be available for you to relax, sit and listen to live music, have a bite to eat and enjoy a bit of downtown Shreveport’s wonderful history. The Shreveport Water Works Museum will also be open for tours. TOUR DETAILS BELOW.
Make a weekend of it — Come get your downtown on!
Additional Nearby Events & Attractions You Might Enjoy
- Robinson Film Center
- Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center
- Eldorado Resort Casino
- Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino
*all are withing walking distance
- Best Western Chateau Suites
- Call 318-222-7620 and request the “Downtown Development Authority” rate.
- Hilton Downtown Shreveport
- Book here or call 318-698-0900 or 1-800-HILTONS and request the “HHT” rate.
- Holiday Inn Downtown Shreveport
- Call 318-222-7717 and request the “Downtown Development Authority” rate.
- Remington Suites Hotel
- $135/Standard Suite | $165/Deluxe Suite | $180/ Premier Suite | $240/VIP Suite | $265/Grand Suite
- Call 318-425-5000 or 1-800-444-6750 and request the “Downtown Development Authority” rate.
Perhaps more than the river, cattle or oil and gas, the railroads helped define who we are and how Shreveport developed. During the early part of the 20th Century, downtown Shreveport was the crossroads of the nation, the home of three passenger stations, several round houses( light maintenance and storage buildings) and one freight depot. Just after WWI, some 45 passenger trains came through just one of Shreveport’s downtown stations each day.
Hidden History II will show you the places important to our railroad history, introduce you to some of the people who played a role in that history, and allow you to see photographs and memorabilia from the actual era, some never publicly viewed before. At 3 pm, the Railroad Museum on the grounds of the Shreveport Water Works Museum will hold its official Grand Opening.
This tour will be a come-and-go that will allow you to spend as much-or-as little time at each stop as you wish. You can finish the tour in two hours or stay at one stop for four hours, your choice! The tour will begin at artspace, 710 Texas. Tickets for the tour will be on sale here and bathrooms will be available. Trolleys and mini-buses (free for ticket holders) will be starting the tour from here, and tour brochures will be included in the cost of a ticket.
Tour Stops Include: grounds of old Union Station, the old Jefferson Hotel, grounds of Central Station (train station), the Globe Map Building for a never-before seen showing of some of the photographic works of O. Winston Link, the country’s premier rail photographer, the former Creswell Railroad Hotel and the Shreveport Waterworks Museum/Railroad Museum for the Grand Opening of the Railroad Museum.