By 1914, neglect and lack of use due to diversion of freight traffic to railroad lines resulted in the Red River becoming unnavigable.
In 1994, the United States Army Corps of Engineers restored navigability by completion of a series of lock-and-dam structures and a navigation channel.
A Confederate minstrel show gave two performances to raise money for the war effort in Shreveport in December 1862.
The Shreveport Ladies Aid Society announced a grand dress ball for April 6, 1863.
After the excitement of Fort Sumter, there was a great rush to get the volunteer companies ready and off to New Orleans...
Forming a Military Aid Society, the ladies of Shreveport requested donations of wool and cotton yarn for knitting socks.
The population of Shreveport was 199,311 in 2010, Shreveport was founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, a corporation established to develop a town at the juncture of the newly navigable Red River and the Texas Trail, an overland route into the newly independent Republic of Texas and, prior to that time, into Mexico.
Shreveport was established to launch a town at the meeting point of the Red River and the Texas Trail.On March 20, 1839, the town was incorporated as Shreveport.Originally, the town consisted of 64 city blocks, created by eight streets running west from the Red River and eight streets running south from Cross Bayou, one of its tributaries.Fort Albert Sidney Johnston was built on a ridge northwest of the city.Because of limited development in that area, the site is relatively undisturbed."What is good for Shreveport is good for me" became his motto.