History of Caddo/Bossier

The Port of Caddo-Bossier is located in Northwest Louisiana, just south of Shreveport. Shreveport and Bossier City are the education, healthcare, arts, entertainment and shopping hubs of Northwest Louisiana.

Shreveport was founded in 1836 by Shreve Town Company, which was established to develop a town on the Red River near the Texas Trail. Captain Henry Miller Shreve is credited with clearing a 180-mile-long raft of debris that clogged the river. Shreveport is currently the third largest city in Louisiana.

The Red River also helped grow Bossier City, which was home to a plantation that grew and shipped cotton, corn and sweet potatoes. Early settlers heading west passed through Bossier City.

History of The Port of Caddo-Bossier

The Port of Caddo-Bossier was established in the mid-1980s. However, it did not accept its first shipment until 1995. The Port currently has 4,000 acres, of which 2,000 acres have been developed.



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Public Schools
Caddo Parish Schools
Bossier Parish Schools
Private Schools
Ascension Classical School
Calvary Baptist Academy
Evangel Christian Academy
First Baptist Church School
Loyola College Prep
Providence Classical Academy
St. John Berchmans
St. Joseph Catholic School
St. Mark’s Cathedral School
Southfield School
The Montessori School for Shreveport

Higher Education

Bossier Parish Community College
Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College
Northwestern State University College of Nursing
Southern University-Shreveport
Centenary College of Louisiana
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Barksdale AFB
Louisiana State University Shreveport
LSU Health Shreveport
Louisiana Tech University at Barksdale AFB
Remington College-Shreveport
Louisiana Baptist University and Seminary

Culture and Recreation

Shreveport and Bossier City are rich in arts, culture and music. Elvis Presley got his start at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Shreveport. The Strand Theatre brings Broadway productions to this part of the state. The Brookshire Grocery Arena is the venue for some of the biggest concerts in the area. The Shreveport Little Theatre, Emmett Hook Center, East Bank Theatre and Marjorie Lyons Playhouse offer theatrical productions with local talent. The Robinson Film Center is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and a movie.

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is best known for its dioramas and Native American collections. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery has an impressive collection of works from Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Its botanical gardens are the perfect escape from everyday life. Best of all, both museums are free admission.

Shreveport/Bossier City is also home to fun events for the entire family. Festival Plaza in Downtown Shreveport is the site of a farmers’ market and many festivals, including Mudbug Madness, Red River Revel, Cork and Brew.

Mardi Gras takes center stage in January and February. The Krewes of Sobek, Harambee, Centaur, Gemini and Highland each hold a parade to mark the celebration every year.

For the kids, Sci-Port Discovery Center offers a hands-on learning environment. It also has the only IMAX Dome Theatre in Louisiana. Nearby Barksdale Air Force Base hosts a spectacular air show with performances by the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds on a biennial basis.

If you’re looking for some action-packed fun, the Shreveport/Bossier City area is home to five casinos and a horse track-casino.

Shreveport and Bossier City also have nationally acclaimed restaurants. Savor a piece of pie from Strawn’s Eat Shop, a Muffy® from Fertitta’s Delicatessen, a Shrimp Buster from Herby-K’s or a dish from one of the many family-owned restaurants.

This region is known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” The Red River and our various lakes offer incredible fishing and other water activities. North Louisiana also has an abundance of hunting.

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