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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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Surprisingly cool

My husband and i kind of stumbled upon it.. So we said what the heck. Its a small museum but very interesting history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I loved the history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and i kind of stumbled upon it.. So we said what the heck. Its a small museum but very interesting history. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I loved the history and all the original parts. I learned thing i never knew I never knew . We are glad we went . Its kind of hard to find... More 

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Tilghman, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I took my friend who works in the water/waste water business as a surprise. Of course he loved it, but I too found it quite fascinating on many levels. First, it was one of the first plants to have many of the technological advances in each stage of its life. Also it was deemed a historical landmark by the Smithsonian... More 

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Hartland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This place is surprisingly fascinating. Cool to see such large old machinery, especially the giant pumps made by Allis Chalmers, which is from Milwaukee. Check it out if you have a chance!

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College Station, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Honestly my wife set up the tour of this place and my expectations weren't that high. I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinating it was. All sorts of cool machinery and early basic (aka brilliantly engineered) design. It was kid friendly to a degree but my wife and I enjoyed it more than they did. Cool stuff

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a fascinating musem. I never knew how water was collected, filtered and pumped out (by steam) to downtown Shreveport. Our guide, Kevin Haines knew so many details and answered all of our questions. He made the subject matter come alive for us and let my children blow the shift whistle at the end. I recommend this museum, but... More 

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Bernice, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Very informative and lots to look at. We enjoyed the train museum next door also and spent a goof bit of time browsing. Not many people around so we could take our time. We will be bringing the kids!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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