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Shreveport Water Works Museum

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Address: 142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
Phone Number: (318) 221-3388
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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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Important Preservation of 100 Year Old Industrial Machinery

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Texarkana, Texas
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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We really enjoyed it. a lot of information. I was scared when I saw how far down the basement was. a lot good info. He took us outside to see the old holding tanks for the water. The cleaning system for the city. I cant remember the guys name he had been there for many years. Knew a lot of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Unbelievable place to learn about the history of how drinking water get to you. Great for kids of all ages to see the machinery used up until the 1980s. Fascinating place for photographers too with great light throughout. While a guided tour is nice, we did it simply walking around the property and learned by seeing/reading everything.

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Texarkana,Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I have to say that this is the very first water works museum that I have every visited in all of my travels through the years in this great country of ours! I was very impressed by the fact that this plant which opened in 1887 still has the entire plant (pumps, filters and other machinery) in place more than... More 

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Shreveport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

learned about how Shreveport got its potable water, great place to take the kids to see where tap water came from

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The science of providing a populace with clean water is an ongoing challenge in the most advance country in the world. The lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, MI serves a cautionary tale and a point of reference to enjoying this magnificent monument to man's machinations. A hands-on museum in the best sense of the word, and a fantastic glimpse into... More 

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

The Shreveport Water Works Museum is a wonderful display of the history of water engineering and mechanism. The museum is listed as a National Historic Site and is an important contribution to the story of our nation's water treatment advancements.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

I work in process control, so this museum was particularly interesting for me. I would caution visitors by saying if you are not into historical machinery this is probably not the place for you. Nonetheless, I give it 5 stars as it was one of the more interesting places I have visited in Shreveport and it was completely free.

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Ennis, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We arrived just after the waterworks had opened and because we were the only ones there, we received a personalized tour of the facility given by Kevin.He explained the operation of each piece of equipment and how it evolved over the last 100 years. Definitely worth the trip for any one interested in engineering marvels or the history of water... More 

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