|Louisiana Boardwalk, Bossier City
(Courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier Convention Tourist Bureau)
Bossier City is growing, and in the news!
There is a renewed interest
in Bossier and the Ark-La-Tex with the recent activity surrounding the natural gas drilling in the Haynesville
In addition, the success of the casino industry, the opening of the Louisiana Boardwalk, the CenturyTel Center's popularity, and hit reality TV series such as "Bayou Billionaires" and "My Big Redneck Vacation" are shining the light on Bossier City!
Bossier City is home to four major riverboat casinos: Harrah's Horseshoe, Diamond Jacks, Boomtown, and the newly opened in 2013 Margaritaville.
Harrah's Louisiana Downs, a first-class thoroughbred racetrack with slot machines, is located on the east side of the city at the junction of I-20 and I-220.
The CenturyTel Center continues to attract first-rate country stars, rock star concerts and special events such as Disney on Ice. Bass fishing tournaments are now regularly held on the Red River.
The Louisiana Boardwalk, located at 540 Boardwalk Boulevard, is a beautiful shopping mecca located on the banks of the Red River. It features dozens of upscale shopping venues such as Wet Seal, Dress Barn, Fossil, Lane Bryant and much more. Dining opportunities include Hooters, Copelands Cheesecake Bistro, Salt Grass Steakhouse, Joe's Crabshack and other restaurants.
The Boardwalk also includes the Regal Cinema an Courtyard by Marriott, and nearby Bass Pro Shops and Margaritaville Casino. See map of Bossier City below.
CMT has launched a new show "Bayou Billionaires," meant for everyone who has ever dreamed of striking it rich overnight. The show focuses on the Dowden family of Frierson, just south of Bossier City. The Dowdens struck it rich from oil money from the Haynesville Shale natural gas play in northwest Louisiana. The Dowden home sits right on top of this huge deposit of natural gas. After years of pinching pennies and balancing budgets, the Dowdens are now ready to enjoy the finer things in life, sparing no expense!
CMT also launched another new series in January of 2012, "My Big Redneck Vacation," featuring several North Louisiana families. The script portrays a countrified, loud-mouthed family from Louisiana as they move into a $4 million home in the Hamptons of New York. Episodes include polo lessons, wine-tasting, and a wedding.
|United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16
Another major element of the Bossier City economy is Barksdale Air Force Base, long a major Strategic Air Command (SAC) facility. Construction began on Barksdale Field in 1931, and the facility was dedicated on February 2, 1933.
Since that time, the base has hosted a number of key operational and training elements of the Air Force. Today, it is serves as Headquarters of the Eighth Air Force, among other units.
Be sure to see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Barksdale AFB Defenders of Liberty air show on April 26 - 27, 2014.
In the 1830s Bossier City was known as Bennett's Bluff, and then in 1843 a section of land was divided out of the Great Natchitoches district and Claiborne Parish areas and was called Bossier Parish. In the 1840s, many settlers passed through the region on their way to the wild west, and later over 200 wagons a week passed through Bossier City.
Shed Road, the first all-weather turnpike in the American South, operated in Bossier City from 1874–1886, running for 9 miles from Red Chute to the Red River. This covered road made the transportation of goods easier before the arrival of the railroads.
Ever since the Red River was cleared and made newly navigable by Captain Henry Shreve, who removed a 180-mile long logjam, the area has exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit that remains strong even today. In 1994, the Red River was again made navigable, this time by the U.S. by the Army Corps of Engineers with the completion of a series of lock-and-dam structures and a navigation channel.
Today, Shreveport-Bossier City is again being developed as a port and shipping center, and Bossier City's population continues to grow, and now stands at over 65,000 residents.
For more information about Bossier City, we recommend a visit to the web site of the Bossier City Chamber of Commerce, and the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau.
Be sure to view our gallery
of Shreveport photographs, connecting the present to
the past, and our gallery of Shreveport art deco motels and tourist courts.
Shown below are a few historic Bossier City postcards from the Louisiana Postcard Collection.