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Shreveport Water Works Museum

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Address: 142 North Common, Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone Number: (318) 221-3388
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Description: 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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How it all worked

Excellent display of the last steam powered water works. The guide exlained how water is processed from bayou yuck to drinkable tap. The display included a working scale model. He... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent display of the last steam powered water works. The guide exlained how water is processed from bayou yuck to drinkable tap. The display included a working scale model. He then walked through the works, explained how the equipment functioned and turned on one of the pumps! The guide was willing to spend as much time with us as we... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great tour. We loved it. Excellent for a child with a curious mind who wants to see how things work. Primitive models help explain the working principles behind the big machinery. All that was missing was the heat off the boilers and the noise. Machinery is in excellent shape. We were greated at the gate and received at least an... More 

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Longview,
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Loved seeing how things work and watching all the displays. We walked all over the area and were envious that our town had nothing to compare.

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Iowa
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181 reviews 181 reviews
51 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you are a die-hard train enthusiast or railfan, the smaller Railroad Museum located next to the Water Works Museum is not worth your time. There are a few artifacts but the small room will take you about 5 minutes to walk around and read what literature there is. Next door however is a great piece of Shreveport history with... More 

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Mexia, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This place is amazing! Everyone should check them out! The machinery used in this old water works plant is still in amazing condition and should be seen by all history buffs!!

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Hawkins, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Great fun for the kids. They love water and I love to see them happy. This is a good place to plan a party.

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San Antonio, Texas
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Maybe I missed something but when we arrived last week, the gate was closed and we were unable to take this tour. I was really looking forward to this piece of history while we were in Shreveport. The hours were posted on the gate and according to that, they should have been open when we arrived.

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Shreveport, LA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Spent most of a Sunday afternoon with a most knowledgeable volunteer touring this attraction. He shared a myriad of facts, so I apologize as I have forgotten the his name. Shreveport's first water plant opened in 1887 and was in operation until 1980. Filtration began in 1890, and chlorine treatment was initiated in 1914. May be wrong, but I believe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The Shreveport Water Works Museum was built in 1887 and closed in 1980 - almost a hundred years later. It was very fascinating to see that the water was sucked in from the nearby bayou, passed through a cistern type system, then several filter systems, and finally put in a holding tank where chlorine was added before sending the water... More 

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Baton Rouge, LA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Get away from the casinos and visit this site. Wonderful bit of engineering history and a great guide. Highly recommended.

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