Shreveport, Louisiana

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Shreveport, Louisiana
City
City of Shreveport
Skyline of Shreveport
Skyline of Shreveport
Flag of Shreveport, Louisiana
Flag
Motto(s): "A Great Place to Call Home", "Ratchet City"
Location of Shreveport in Caddo and Bossier parishes, Louisiana
Location of Shreveport in Caddo and Bossier parishes, Louisiana
Coordinates: 32°30′53″N 93°44′50″W / 32.51472°N 93.74722°W / 32.51472; -93.74722Coordinates: 32°30′53″N 93°44′50″W / 32.51472°N 93.74722°W / 32.51472; -93.74722
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parishes Caddo, Bossier
Founded 1836
Incorporated March 20, 1839
Named for Henry Miller Shreve
Government
 • Mayor Ollie Tyler (D)
 • City Council
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 199,311
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 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)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-70000
Website City of Shreveport
Red River bridge connecting Shreveport with Bossier City as photographed from the Clyde Fant Parkway

Shreveport (/ˈʃrvpɔːrt/ SHREEV-port) is a city in Louisiana. It has a population of 199,311 in 2010.[4] 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]

  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017. 
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  3. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. "Shreveport(city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved November 26, 2011. 

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