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“A good way to spend an hour or two.”

Shreveport Water Works Museum
Ranked #4 of 60 things to do in Shreveport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Shreveport's first water works was built in 1887. A National Historic Landmark. Free admission.
Longview, Texas
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180 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“A good way to spend an hour or two.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

I found this museum, tucked away just north of downtown, on a stormy day while the car was being serviced. Housed in a pre 1900 building and former home to the Shreveport water works it explains the process of water purification during the late 1800s till the mid 1900s. Any fan of things old and mechanical will enjoy the large pieces of machinery on display and the large old buildings which housed it. Another plus is the small railroad museum housed on the property. While it isn't an attraction you'd visit every time you're in Shreveport, it is well worth more than one visit.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank texmarc
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Arlington, Texas
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217 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We took a break from our casino junket and found this museum to be an interesting diversion. I would highly recommend it. Easy to find great history

Visited December 2013
1 Thank BigTex62
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Bossier City, Louisiana
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“very interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

I like going to places like this. I has a lot of history behind it. It is a good place for familys. Great teaching children the history and what it took to build the citys water system. One of the few or only place to see old steam pumps used to pump the water still in the orginal state.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank b52av8tor
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a great interactive and interesting part of history!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Went on Saturday morning at 10 and had a personal tour through all parts of the facility. GREAT attention was given to ensure our questions were answered; clearly the young man there had a working knowledge of both the history and mechanics of the site. Fabulous tour, hope it stays open for decades to come.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank R H
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Kaufman, Texas, United States
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72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Like old tools, old machines, or old buildings?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

The wife and I ran across a Water Works Museum brochure at the LA visitors center and thought "why not".
It turned out to be a fantastic find! The old water works began in 1887 as a coal fired steam engine operation and very little has changed. No where else have I seen two workable steam engines side by side. One is hooked up to an electric motor so that all the major moving parts are in fact MOVING! The static engine is an Allis Chalmers for all the tractor lovers out there. The engines powered a couple of pumps that are amazing to see (well, amazing if you're a gearhead like me). You can walk around and explorer at your own pace and touch anything you want, but remember it's dirty. I particularly enjoyed the octagon shaped lab built under the water tower, some of the original test equipment is still sitting on the bench. As a matter of fact, the whole place looks like the workers walked out at the end of a shift... and just left everything.
Pay attention to the brick and timber style of construction in the original part of the plant, the craftsmen took time to put a decorative detail on the timbers.
Admission was free but donations are accepted.
Leave the "boats" for a couple of hours and explore this gem of a museum.

Visited October 2013
5 Thank Ron R
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