Bureaucracy

[NOTE: I’ve blogged all these “how-to” posts before, but am gonna re-run them on occasion, since folks may have missed them, and many of them have been updated or expanded since they were first posted.] Before you can set off on your cross-country journey, there are some bureaucratic paperwork issues you will need to deal … More Bureaucracy

Water Works Museum

Constructed in 1887 as the city’s first water pumping plant, mostly to supply Shreveport’s fire hydrants (most of the houses had their own cisterns to collect rainwater). In 1890 a filtration system was added, and in 1911 Shreveport became one of the first municipal water systems to use chlorine as a disinfectant. In 1980, the … More Water Works Museum

SciPort Science Center

Located downtown on the Red River, the SciPort is, like most hands-on science museums, geared mostly to kids. I go mostly for the IMAX films.  Here are some photos from an afternoon at the SciPort. The museum Inside the museum Sunfish Mississippi Map Turtle Basilosaurus, an ancient whale An oil pump Foucault pendulum Alas, poor … More SciPort Science Center

Riverview Park

Like most big cities, Shreveport was originally found as a river port: the Red River, a tributary of the Mississippi, flows right by downtown. Here are some photos from a walk in Riverview park, on the banks of the Red River. Downtown Shreveport Red River Riverview Park Not an actual riverboat–this is a floating casino … More Riverview Park

Rural Life Museum

Located on the grounds of LSU’s Agricultural Research Center, the Rural Life Museum is a collection of artifacts and historic buildings depicting life in backwoods Louisiana in the 19th century. I’ve always liked museums like this, since they depict the lives of ordinary people and the way they lived. Here are some photos from a … More Rural Life Museum