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Shreveport Water Works Museum

Shreveport Water Works MuseumThe Shreveport Water Works Museum at the McNeill Street Pumping Station has the very rare honor of being both a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The facility is a definite must-stop for those with a bent toward mechanical engineering and science. Opened in 1887 as the city's first water plant, it added filtration in 1890, an unusual technology at the time, and in 1914, became one of the first facilities in the nation to use liquid chlorine in the treatment process. Today, the entire physical plant (pumps, filters and other machinery) remains in place after more than 100 years and is a rare example of an intact steam water works. The plant proved so durable that it was not retired from service until 1980!

The story of steam and how it was used to fuel transportation is illustrated in exhibits on loan from the Red River Valley Railroad Historical Society. This collection includes historic maps, photographs and memorabilia from railroad cars and engines.

Shreveport Water Works Museum
142 N. Common St.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 38906
Shreveport, LA 71133


Hours of Operation
Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Visit the McNeill Street Pumping Station Preservation Society's website for more information.