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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
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tipp City, Ohio
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Tipp City, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank worldtravella
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Engineers, plan for a 3-hour stay! Intensely mechanical & original. Co-located with the one-room train museum. Free but I encourage all to donate.

Thank sweerek
Burlington, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

While I've always been a fan of old industrial equipment from the early 1900s, The Water Works museum in Shreveport was even better than I was expecting. The equipment was extremely well preserved and even functioning! Of course there is no steam powering the pumps but it was really cool to see no less. The gauges, cast iron equipment, and... More 

Thank CjP1122
Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Water Works Museum preserves the early water treatment and pumping station in Shreveport, LA. Very few cities in the USA have anything like it. The tour shows the large ancient machines used to filter water from Cross Bayou. The machinery is still housed in the original buildings. Shreveport now uses a plant to treat its drinking water in a... More 

Thank TallTexWally
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Everything everyone is saying about this true. Kevin is an absolute boss as a host to this piece of history. More and more families and individuals need to get out to a place like this. The history of things like this expand your knowledge of what was before us. What's an hour of your time without a stupid cell phone... More 

Thank MatthewBlase

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