Thirteen Random Facts About Shreveport
We love it here in good ol' Shreveport, so I'll get you through your Tuesday with thirteen random facts about our hometown.
Yes, Shreveport is historic beyond belief and any time I get to dig a little into this great town, I always have a blast and usually learn a thing or two.
I've spent most of this beautiful morning scouring the internet for interesting Shreveport facts, and believe it or not, I actually found quite a few.
Below are thirteen completely random facts about Shreveport, LA.
1. Shreveport became the capital of Louisiana for a brief spell during the Civil War, after Baton Rouge and Opelousas were succeeded under Union control.
2. The neon words “HOT HOT HOT” conjure up only one thing in the hearts of those from the 318: Southern Maid Donuts. The warm, succulent circles of sugary goodness are glazed with love. And lagniappe? Elvis sang the jingle for these delicious donuts’ commercial in the 1950s. It was the only commercial he ever did.
3. The Oakland Cemetery is also rumored to be haunted by a restless spirit. Several former mayors of Shreveport and the infamous Madame Annie McCune are buried here.
4. Shreveport has the highest property taxes in the state of Louisiana. This has caused many people moving to the area to establish residency outside city limits.
5. Kenny Wayne Shepherd revisited his roots by recording “Goin Home” in Shreveport-based Blade Studios.
6. Caddo Lake is the home of hundreds of alleged Big Foot sightings. This was the topic of a 2006 Travel Channel documentary titled “Bigfoot.”
7. In Shreveport funeral directors are prohibited from giving away matchbooks.
8. The R. W. Norton Art Foundation is home to the extremely rare double elephant folio of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America.
9. Shreveport was first settled in 1803 and it was originally named “Shreve Town.” It wasn’t until 1839 that the town was incorporated as “Shreveport.”
10. The world’s first ever Shriner’s Hospital was founded in Shreveport in 1922.
11. One of the largest art murals in the U.S. is located in downtown Shreveport. The “Once In A Millennium Moon Mega Mural” covers 25,000 sq. ft. on the side of an AT&T building.
12. O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney, Johnnie Cockran, was born in Shreveport.
13. The Municipal Auditorium, home of the Louisiana Hayride, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.