Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana and the cultural center for the Ark-La-Tex tri-state region. Located on the Red River about 180 miles east of Dallas-Fort Worth, Shreveport and neighboring Bossier City comprise a sprawling metropolitan area.
Shreveport was founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company at the junction of the cleared Red River and the Texas Trail. In 1839, the village of Shreve Town was incorporated as the town of Shreveport and its growth was spurred mostly by the discovery of oil in the early twentieth century.
Today the city’s economy has shifted towards tourism and gaming from the areas five riverboat casino resorts and world-class thoroughbred racing. Shreveport’s major tourist attractions include the American Rose Center, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Barnwell Garden and Art Center, Sci-Port Discovery Center, and the Louisiana Boardwalk on the Bossier City riverfront. Shreveport is also home to the annual Independence Bowl and the highly ranked Centenary College of Louisiana. Barksdale Air Force Base, headquarters of the 2nd U.S. Air Force, is just across the river.