Shreveport Water Works Museum, Shreveport
The Shreveport Water Works Museum tells the story of Shreveport's early efforts to create a source of clean water for the city. It houses what is believed to be the oldest intact collection of Victorian era waterworks equipment, offering a fascinating look into the past, into industrial equipment and engineering and the importance of clean water. Originally called the McNeill Street Pumping Station (because it was formerly accessed via McNeill Street) , it is designated a "National Historic Landmark." The McNeill Street Pumping Station Preservation Society (MSPSPS), established in 1999, serves as the "friends" organization for the museum and is currently funding, managing and running the facility. The facility is available for events on a rental basis, regular daily admission is free.Make Shreveport Water Works Museum a part of your Shreveport vacation plans using our Shreveport attractions planner.
Shreveport Water Works Museum Reviews
"Kevin" our tour guide was very knowledgeable ...and the tour was so interesting...well worth your time. Also the small Railroad Museum is on the same ground and also has a nice display! I almost brok... more »
Kevin was great at explaining it all to the kids and he answered all the kids questions and let them blow the horn. They loved it. more »
Very historic. I guess I'm a history lover because places like this with so much history makes me happy. They really did shut this station down and leave it almost like a ghost town but the people who work there have done a great job at making it a wonderful interesting place.
While not longer an operating water works facility, the City of Shreveport has done a fabulous job of preserving their historic plant with much of the original equipment remaining in place. You're bound to be the only visitor if you drop by and you can count on the outgoing and most knowledge volunteer, Kevin, to lead you around and provide a comprehensive history of the facility. You'll get to see the original boilers, the pumps that fed the water into the downtown neighborhood, the filtration tanks and outdoor holding tanks. This doesn't require a lot of time to visit (45 minutes is enough) and it's located relatively close to central Shreveport.
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