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Shreveport Forklift Parts - Shreveport (population 199,311) is a city within the state of Louisiana. The city of Shreveport serves as the seat of Caddo Parish and extends into Bossier Parish. It is the third largest city and part of the 4th biggest metropolitan area in Louisiana: the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area with a population of almost 400,000. The city of Shreveport is situated along the Red River across from the city of Bossier on the other side. The two cities are known as "Shreveport-Bossier."

In the area of Shreveport, the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet on an area referred to as "Ark-La-Tex".

Shreveport was created when a company called the Shreve Town Company developed a settlement at the point where the Texas Trail met the Red River during 1836. The Texas Trail was an established overland route utilized by travelers heading to Mexico and later the independent Republic of Texas. The newly-formed community was called Shreve Town to honor Captain Henry Miller Shreve. The Captain was like a hero after leading US Army Corps of Engineer efforts to get rid of a lengthy stretch of debris clogging the river.

Incorporated in 1839, the town of Shreveport did not officially become a city until the year 1871. During part of the 20th century, the city played an important role in the national oil business. When the oil industry faltered in the 1980s, Shreveport's economy declined because of company closures, cutbacks and layoffs. The city then focused its efforts on the service sector by preserving its landmarks and developing riverboat casinos. Today, it is considered a popular tourist destination.

When the city of Shreveport positioned its economy to more of a base in services, there was a boom in the gaming business. Riverboat gambling casinos helped to provide an essential revenue streams and employment in the area. Casinos within Shreveport-Bossier consist of Eldorado Casino, Sam's Town Casino, Boomtown casino, Diamond Jacks Casino and Horseshoe Casino. The city was the state's 2nd most visited city following New Orleans (prior to Hurricane Katrina). The region is likewise known for horse racing. Harrah's Louisiana Downs, a major racetrack, is situated within nearby Bossier City. Tourists could contact the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau for tourism info about the area, including attractions, events, accommodations and restaurants.

The Shreveport-Bossier area is a cultural and commercial center. A major entertainment and shopping complex, The Louisiana Boardwalk, is situated across the river in Bossier City. The Boardwalk is a 51,000 m² facility with restaurants, outlet shopping, movie theatre and bowling complex.

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