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Step back in time: The story of Shreveport

Step back in time. See what Northwest Louisiana's largest city was like from the time when the Caddo Indians lived along the banks of the Red River through the founding of Shreveport, the Civil War, the Yellow Fever disaster and up until modern times. It's fitting that the Spring Street Museum resides in the oldest building in downtown Shreveport. Originally a bank, the building was constructed around 1866. The original bank vault still remains as part of the museum today. With the help of the Shreveport Committee of the national Society of Colonial Dames and the Friends of the Spring Street Museum, this building was renovated into the museum you see today and successfully oversaw its placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the first floor you'll find all sorts of interactive displays and artifacts. Civil War mementos are on display as well as Mardi Gras curios from the turn of the century and knick-knacks dug up from the legal Red Light District. Curator Marty Loschen and Director Maria Schmelz will gladly tell you all about the history of Shreveport. On the 2nd floor, you'll really step back in time as you discover a parlor from the early 1900s. There are no replicas, only real furniture and decorations from the time the city started to flourish. Each piece has its own story. Speaking of stories, there are many about the ghosts that have been seen, heard, and felt in the museum.

Find out more on their website and be prepared to step back in time. Visit the museum from Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00am-4:00pm. The address is 525 N. Spring Street. Here’s an interesting tidbit of history. Spring Street is named after an actual spring. It was located at the south corner of the building in the basement. It has since been tapped.