Timeline of Shreveport, Louisiana facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.

19th century

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  • 1836 – Shreve Town Company organized; named for Henry Miller Shreve, one of its members.
  • 1837 – Shreve Town Company begins selling plots of land.
  • 1838 – Shreve Town becomes seat of newly formed Caddo Parish.
  • 1839
    • Town of Shreveport incorporated.
    • John Octavius Sewall elected mayor.
  • 1841 – Caddo Gazette newspaper begins publication.
  • 1847 – Burial ground established.
  • 1850
    • Population: 1,728.
    • Brewer's Hall built (approximate date).
  • 1852 – South-Western newspaper begins publication.
  • 1853 – Yellow fever outbreak.
  • 1858 – Vicksburg, Shreveport and Texas Railroad begins operating.
  • 1860 – Population: 2,190.
  • 1861 – St. Mary's Convent founded.
  • 1863 – Shreveport designated Louisiana Confederate capital (until 1865).
  • 1866 – Charity Hospital established.
  • 1870 – Population: 4,607.
  • 1871
    • Shreveport becomes a city.
    • Daily Shreveport Times newspaper begins publication.
    • Crisp's Gaiety Theater built.
  • 1873
    • Dallas-Shreveport railway in operation.
    • Yellow fever outbreak.
  • 1879 – Shreveport Daily Standard newspaper begins publication.
  • 1880
    • First Presbyterian Church built.
    • Population: 8,009.
  • 1886 – Grand Opera House built.
  • 1887 – Shreveport Waterworks Pumping Station built.
  • 1890
    • Shreveport Library Association formed.
    • Population: 11,979.
  • 1895 – Evening Judge newspaper in publication.
  • 1896 – Holy Trinity Catholic Church rebuilt.
  • 1899 – Genevieve Orphanage established.

20th century

  • 1900 – Population: 16,013.
  • 1901 – People’s Library established.
  • 1902 – Shreveport Journal newspaper in publication.
  • 1905 – Agudath Achim Synagogue dedicated.
  • 1906 – Oil discovered at Caddo Lake in vicinity of Shreveport.
  • 1907 – Nearby Bossier City incorporated.
  • 1909 – Centenary College of Louisiana relocated to Shreveport from Jackson.
  • 1910
    • Schumpert Memorial Hospital and Chamber of Commerce established.
    • Population: 28,015.
  • 1912 – United States Post Office and Courthouse built.
  • 1915 – Traffic Street Bridge built.
  • 1920 – Population: 43,874.
  • 1922 – Shreveport Art Club active.
  • 1923 – Public library built.
  • 1925 – Strand Theatre built.
  • 1926
    • KWKH radio begins broadcasting.
    • Caddo Parish courthouse built.
  • 1927 – Dodd College established.
  • 1928 – Woman’s Auxiliary to the Shreveport Medical Society formed.
  • 1929 – Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium built.
  • 1930
    • East Texas Oil Field discovered in vicinity of Shreveport.
    • Population: 76,655.
  • 1931 – Shreveport Downtown Airport begins operating.
  • 1933 – U.S. military Barksdale Airfield dedicated.
  • 1934 – Long–Allen Bridge opens.
  • 1935 – Rodessa oil field discovered in vicinity of Shreveport.
  • 1940 – Population: 98,167.
  • 1948
    • U.S. military Barksdale Air Force Base active.
    • KWKH's Louisiana Hayride radio programme begins broadcast.
  • 1950
    • Shreveport metropolitan area was started
    • Population: 127,206.
  • 1952 – North Louisiana Historical Association established.
  • 1960
  • 1967 – Louisiana State University in Shreveport opens.
  • 1970 – Population: 182,064.
  • 1972 – Quail Creek Cinema in business.
  • 1973
  • 1977 – Pioneer Heritage Center and Spring Street Historical Museum founded.
  • 1980 – Population: 205,820.
  • 1981 – General Motors plant begins operating in Shreveport.
  • 1983
  • 1984 – Louisiana Tower (hi-rise) built.
  • 1986
    • Roman Catholic Diocese of Shreveport established.
    • Commercial National Bank Tower (hi-rise) built.
  • 1988 – Jim McCrery becomes U.S. representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district.[relevant? ]
  • 1990 – Population: 198,525.
  • 1993
  • 1994
    • Stephens African American Museum founded.
    • Harrah's casino built.
  • 1998

21st century

  • 2003
  • 2004 – Convention Center built.
  • 2006 – Cedric Glover becomes first African-American in city elected mayor.[relevant? ]
  • 2007 – Hilton Hotel Convention Center built.
  • 2009 – John Fleming becomes U.S. representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district.[relevant? ]
  • 2010 – Population: 199,311.
  • 2014 – Ollie Tyler becomes first African-American woman in city elected mayor.[relevant? ]

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