Numerous scenes of the HBO series "True Blood" were filmed in Shreveport, the town where you can still see the odd alligator lurking in the wetlands of Caddo Lake. Even "Big Foot" is said to make an appearance around the lake on the odd occasion, maybe he is waiting for the Mardi Gras celebrations that make this town a colorful chaotic explosion of humanity to rival the festivities in New Orleans. Shreveport sits in Caddo Parish and was named after the Caddo Indians who once lived in the area. Located on the Red River, it was founded in 1836 on the Texas Trail by the Shreve Town Company. The commercial and cultural center of the Ark-La-Tex region, it is the meeting place of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
If you stand under the Hanging Tree near Cross Lake, it is said that the temperature will drop 20 degrees and you will hear the long forgotten moans of ghostly children. The ghosts also hang out at the Oakland Cemetery where the infamous Madame Annie McCune (aka the "Shreveport Madam" of the legal red light district that closed down in 1917) is buried. You should take time out to visit "Chimp Haven", a sanctuary for chimps no longer being subjected to biomedical research or the whims of the entertainment industry. The American Rose Center is where you can put your nose to the soft petals of over 20,000 rose bushes. For those that like to "stuff" things, there is the Touchstone Wildlife & Art Museum, where everything and anything to do with taxidermy is on display. Top of the list of things to do for those that like to imbibe in a drink or two, should be the Great Raft Brewery, that was the first brewery to open after Prohibition.
You can get a bit quirky whilst in Shreveport and take a "Louisiana Hayride" at the Municipal Auditorium, rather than lose your money at one of the many casinos.
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