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Shreveport Water Works Museum

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Address: 142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
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+1 318-221-3388
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Wed 10:00 - 04:00
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Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic...

Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.

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Surprising find!

You want not think this would be that interesting but it was very neat! History of Shreveport's first water plant that supplied water to the downtown area. Was operated by steam... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David W
Harker Heights
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Harker Heights
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323 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You want not think this would be that interesting but it was very neat! History of Shreveport's first water plant that supplied water to the downtown area. Was operated by steam from late 1800's to 1980's. A working model explains how raw water was pulled in, purified, then pumped to the city. Can do self guided tour and follow the... More 

Thank David W
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very informative tour of the old water works buildings and grounds. A must for the men who love old machinery and engines etc. I found it very interesting as the very informative guide explained and showed us on a working model explaining how water is obtained, purified, stored and delivered throughout a city. Strongly recommend.

Thank held49
Minden, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is actually the waterworks dating to the mid 1800's. Listed as a National Historical Place, it is located near downtown Shreveport on Twelve MileBayou. The docent, a very nice and enthusiastic gentleman gave a tour and explained how it worked and its importance for clean water in a growing town. One can also wander about on your own.... More 

Thank omatonolan
Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum. One of a kind. Worth stopping in if you are in town. Kevin is super knowledgeable and answers all of our questions! He makes this place!!

Thank TC c
Tipp City, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We were offered a free tour by a nice fellow who explained the operation in great detail. Even if you don't do the tour, check this place out. It should take 30 min without the tour, 1 hour with the tour. There is a nice little railroad museum next door. Best of all...it is free.

Thank SkipPratt
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

An inside look at a civil engineering feat - over 100 years delivering filtered and treated water to city patrons. Loaded with huge water handling artifacts, pumps, more. Adjacent to small railroad museum. Guide at museum congenial and helpful.

Thank Chris N
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I loved this tour. The guide was super knowledgeable and able to answer all your questions and made the water works come alive for me. I have always been interested in machinery and how things work. I used to love going to the local science museum when I was a kid and pressing all the buttons to make the various... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

You do not have to be an engineer to enjoy this stop. However, I heartily recommend you ring the bell if the Tour guide is not in the welcome area. Although I believe a self-guided tour is available, the guy made the trip come alive, providing many fascinating facts and responding to numerous questions. This is definitely a highlight of... More 

Thank TB_Rays_fan_NJ
Bossier City
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Interesting place that is great for an afternoon with the kids. A look back to a different time. Nice

Thank Cathy C
Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you are at all interested in historical sites....this is a great visit. Steam pumps and waterworks, well preserved that show how we got the water moving before electricity. Great for children to see as well as adults. Be sure they're open before going.

Thank Gooseview

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