Two Tourism Honors in One Week? Look at you, Shreveport Water Works Museum!

  • Joel Rodgers

On 142 North Common Street sits Shreveport’s 131-year-old water works museum. It’s a pretty remarkable place, and now, people from all over the world know it.

This week, the website ThreeBestRated.com notified the Shreveport Water Works Museum that it was one of the Top 3 Places to See in Shreveport. Their review team looked at reputation, history, ratings, customer satisfaction and a number of other parameters in making their decision.

Pretty cool, huh? There’s more….

Within days, TripAdvisor.com alerted the water works that it had also earned a Certificate of Excellence for 2018 based on ‘consistently great reviews’ on the world’s largest travel site.

Comments on the site include everything from rave reviews of the tour guides at the water works to the fascinating history there. As Ann H. wrote in her review, “This was an interesting, informational and fun tour. Our guide was phenomenal. Learned a lot and enjoyed seeing all the old machinery. The mini model of the how the plant works was great. The windows to provide circulation and cooling breezes were something to see. Be sure to blow the whistle!”

The facility played an important history in the shaping of the City of Shreveport and especially in the development of downtown. The steam-powered plant was in use from 1887-1980, but the plant was in service until 1994. Much of the early equipment and tools still exist and are on display. The facility itself is Victorian-era and harkens back to a much different time.

“Our goal is to welcome as many people as possible to the water works museum,’ says executive director Dale Ward. “We know what a remarkable treasure it is and we want others to experience it, too.”

The museum is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sundays, noon- 4 p.m.Visitors can take self-guided or guided tours and group tours are encouraged. Though admission is free, donations are always welcome.

The museum will be open Saturday and Sunday of this holiday weekend, but will not be open on Memorial Day Monday.

For more information, go to shreveportwaterworks.org or the Shreveport Water Works Museum Facebook page.



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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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