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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Shreveport, Texarkana and Rocky Point

Sculptures along the Red River made an interesting stop in Shreveport, Louisiana.

High water levels were evident, even this far north. Part of the riverfront park was unusable.

Beth went into the visitor's center while I watched this railroad crew inspect a vintage steel bridge. They were using an articulated arm hanging from a truck equipped with steel wheels. It is one of the most maneuverable "bucket trucks" I've ever seen.
Downtown Shreveport, once headquarters to oil and gas corporations in Louisiana, fell on hard times during business consolidation in the 1980's. More recently, downtown revitalization has brought an aquarium, parks, and an air & space museum to the riverfront.

Several old mansions are also open to the public as museums.

Always looking for something unique, we drove into the industrial area of the city to visit the Shreveport Water Works Museum.

One of the two huge steam powered pumps, this was manufactured in 1928 and was retired in 1980.
Engine manufacturer's plate
A moveable I-beam crane could lift the heavy engine components for maintenance.
Three big boilers allowed both steam powered pumps to continue operating while a boiler was being cleaned.
Filter tanks are accessible from the second floor of the facility.

This free museum featured a friendly docent who was happy to enlighten us on the history of this building and the water purification process in general. I highly recommend a stop here if you pass near Shreveport. There is also a small railroad museum next door.

After eating lunch in the parking lot of the waterworks, we turned north and set off towards Texas. Two hours later we were standing on the line dividing the two states. A shared courthouse and post office also straddles the line in Texarkana.
The courthouse square is designed for border photo opportunities.

Our mighty little Lexor reached 13,000 miles as we left Louisiana and started into the Republic of Texas. We've owned this ProMaster based RV for just under a year.

Not far out of town, we landed at Rocky Point Campground. High water had boat ramps closed, but the area was still open for camping.

Finding an entire loop with no one camping in it, we snagged a spot on Wright Patman Lake. This is an Army Corp of Engineers campground with nice big level spots for $24 per night.

Walking around the large campground we found a picnic gazebo at the top of a rise with nice views of the lake.

Another day ended watching the sun set behind the western shore.

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