Historical Markers in
Caddo Parish, Louisiana

3rd Caddo Courthouse 525 Spring Street 530 Kirby Place A.C. Steere School Agriculture Allendale Fire American Ex-Prisoners Of War Antioch Baptist Church Austin Place Houses Barret Place Belcher High School Belcher Methodist Church Belcher Mound Belcher Presbyterian Church Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Bishop Leonidas Polk Bliss-Hoyer House Boom or Bust Byway C.E. Byrd High School Caddo Indian Dugout Canoe Caddo Indian Dugout Canoe Caddo Lake Caddo Parish Courthouse Caddo Prairie Crossroads Calanthean Temple Cane & Bennett's Trading Post Cash Point Plantation Cash Point School Cash Point-Gold Point-Buckhall Plantations Cedar Bluff Ferry Centenary College of Louisiana Central School Central Station Chamber Plaza Christian-Hamel House CNB Building Coates Bluff Commemorating First Oil Well in Caddo Parish, LA Confederate Navy Yard Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church Cross Bayou Davidson House Dickson Plantation Home Discovery-Rodessa Oil Field Dixie Gin Dixie Presbyterian Church Dodd College Dodd House Eglin House Elvis Presley Files House First City Market First Jewish Cemetery First Over Water Oil Well First Presbyterian Church First Shriners Hospital First State Bank of Belcher First United Methodist Church Fort Humbug Fort Turnbull Frog Level Gen. E. Kirby Smith Residence Gilliam Louisiana Gilliam United Methodist Church Greenwood Cemetery Green's Alley Harrison Building Hawthorne House Henry Watkins Allen / Battery 10 Highland Hospital Holy Trinity Catholic Church Horseshoe Bayou Bridge On LA. 530 Hosston Methodist Church Hosston Post Office Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter Huey P. Long House Hutchinson Building Ida Lousiana Ida Post Office Building J.W. Lynn Plantation Commissary James Burton Jefferson Hotel Josh Logan Home Justice Chapel Baptist Church Justin Gras Keithville Methodist Church Killarney Farm King's Highway Christian Church Land House Lewis House Linda Lay Memorial Line Avenue School Logan Mansion Louisiana Maneuvers Led by General Patton Louisiana State Exhibit Bldg. Lynn Plantation Mad Money Marston House Masonic Temple McNeill St. Pump Station Minnie Clyde Dixon Connell Moore House Mounds Plantation Mr. Brooks Noel Methodist Church North Plantation Oakland Cemetery Oil City Old Agudath Achim Synagogue Old CNB Building Old Municipal Building Olgilvie-Wiener House Pete Youree Confederate Monument Pickens Cemetery Pickett Place Plantation Pine Wold Pioneer Heritage Center Pittman Plantation Home Pleasant Hall Pro Deo et Patria Reuben Thom Douglas Home Robinson Place Roughnecks & Roustabouts Ruben T. Glassell House Scottish Rite Cathedral Sewall House Shreve Memorial Library Shreve Square Shreveport Little Theatre Shreveport's First Churches Snyder House Soul Men South Highlands Fire Station Sprague Street Row St. George Greek Orthodox Church St. Joseph's Cemetery St. Paul's Methodist Church Star Cemetery Strand Theatre Texas Avenue Row The Adams-Fuller House The Last Confederate Flag The Pardon Thief (TV Series) Thigpen Mansion This Marks the Site of Battery 1 This Marks the Site of Battery 3 This Marks the Site of Battery 4 This Marks the Site of Battery 5 This Marks the Site of Battery 7 Thornhill Town of Gilliam Transportation & Timber Trees City Office & Bank Trimble House TS&N/T&P Railroad Turning to the Right Vivian Railroad Station W Walker House Woman's Department Club World's First Shriners Hospital
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Caddo Parish, located in the northwestern part of Louisiana, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. It was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Caddo people, who left an indelible mark on the region. European settlers began to explore the area in the late 17th century, with the establishment of the French Louisiana colony.

In the early 19th century, the United States government acquired the Louisiana Territory from France through the Louisiana Purchase. As the area became American territory, Caddo Parish grew in importance as a center of trade and commerce. The Red River, which flows through the parish, played a crucial role in transportation and trade, leading to the establishment of river towns and plantations along its banks.

The Civil War had a significant impact on Caddo Parish. As part of the Confederacy, it experienced the effects of Union invasion and occupation. After the war, the region underwent a period of reconstruction and recovery. The advent of the railroad in the late 19th century brought further growth and prosperity to the area, connecting Caddo Parish to other parts of the country.

The 20th century brought numerous developments in Caddo Parish, including the discovery and exploitation of the region's oil and gas resources. This led to an economic boom and increased settlement in the area. Today, Caddo Parish continues to thrive as a major hub in northwest Louisiana, blending its rich history with modern amenities and institutions that serve its diverse population.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

  • 1835: Caddo Parish was established on March 1, as one of the original 19 parishes of the Territory of Louisiana.
  • 1838: Shreve Town was incorporated as the first town in the parish. It later became known as Shreveport.
  • 1851: The construction of the first courthouse in Caddo Parish was completed.
  • 1861-1865: Caddo Parish, like much of Louisiana, was greatly impacted by the American Civil War.
  • 1873: The City of Shreveport was officially incorporated.
  • 1924: The Caddo Parish Courthouse, known for its iconic architecture, was completed.
  • 1933-1938: The Great Depression brought economic hardship to the parish.
  • 1941-1945: World War II brought significant changes to Caddo Parish as the region became a center for military activity and industrial production.
  • 1978: The Shreveport Downtown Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1993: The Red River Revel, an annual arts festival, was launched in Shreveport.
  • 2005: Hurricane Katrina caused significant damage and displacement of residents in Caddo Parish.