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Shreveport Water Works Museum

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Address: 142 N Common St, Shreveport, LA 71101-2614
Phone Number: +1 318-221-3388

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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Fascinating tour - Highly recommended

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting place that is great for an afternoon with the kids. A look back to a different time. Nice

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 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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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 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 September 27, 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 August 29, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 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
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank BerriShortcakes
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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