|City of Shreveport|
Skyline of Shreveport
|Motto(s): "A Great Place to Call Home", "Ratchet City"|
Location of Shreveport in Caddo and Bossier parishes, Louisiana
|Incorporated||March 20, 1839|
|Named for||Henry Miller Shreve|
|• Mayor||Ollie Tyler (D)|
|• City Council|
|• City||122.35 sq mi (316.88 km2)|
|• Land||107.14 sq mi (277.48 km2)|
|• Water||15.21 sq mi (39.40 km2) 12.79%|
|• Metro||2,698 sq mi (6,987.8 km2)|
|Elevation||144 ft (43. m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||194,920|
|• Rank||3rd in Louisiana
122nd in United States
|• Density||1,819.35/sq mi (702.45/km2)|
|• Urban||298,317 (US: 126th)|
|• Metro||443,708 (US: 119th)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Website||City of Shreveport|
Shreveport (// SHREEV-port) is a city in Louisiana. It has a population of 199,311 in 2010. It is the third largest city in Louisiana, after New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It was founded in 1836 where the Red River meets the Texas Trail (now Interstate 20) and US Highway 80. The history of this city it was first adapted by the Caddo.
During the American Civil War, Shreveport was the capital of Louisiana from 1863–1865. The capital moved here after, first, Baton Rouge, and then Opelousas each fell under Union control. The city was a Confederate stronghold throughout the war and was the site of the headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate Army. Isolated from events in the east, the Civil War continued in the Trans-Mississippi theater for several weeks after Robert E. Lee's surrender in April 1865, and the Trans-Mississippi was the last Confederate command to surrender, on May 26, 1865. Confederate President Jefferson Davis attempted to flee to Shreveport when he left Richmond but was captured en route in Irwinville, Georgia.
References[change | change source]
- "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-28.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "Shreveport(city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
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