Shreveport, Louisiana: Rife with culture,
culinary haunts for families
By Barbara Barton Sloane
I recently traveled the state from Shreveport in Northern Louisiana to Natchitoches and on to the state capitol, Baton Rouge. I was surprised to discover these cities are filled with culture, history, and activities for the whole family.
Shreveport, in particular, is a good vacation choice for any one wanting to experience fine art, visit well-preserved plantations, relax in one of the many beautiful state parks and enjoy great food. Oh yes, the food.No trip to Louisiana would be complete without sampling traditional dishes: red beans and rice, Jambalaya, shrimp Creole,gumbo, and crawfish etouffee. Yes!
Something else you may not know: Elvis made his very first professional singing appearance at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport and on October 16 of this year, the Auditorium will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his appearance, as a member of the Louisiana Hayride. As a tribute, a statue of Elvis, guitar in hand, stands front and center as you approach the site.
The Municipal Auditorium is a must-see.It was completed in 1929, embodies intricate art deco design, and is equal in square footage to 6 football fields.Take a tour of their Museum to learn of its rich musical heritage.
Memorabilia from the famous that have appeared on its vast stage, from Johnny Cash, Faron Young, Kris Kristofferson to Eleanor Roosevelt brings a haunting nostalgia to the experience.One can almost hear Hank Williams calling “Hey Good Lookin’” down the long corridors.