125 Year Old Pumping Station Home to New Music Festival – Preservation Movement

The McNeill Street Pumping Station also known as the Shreveport Water Works Museum is more than just a National Historic Landmark. The facility has most recently been used for fundraising and entertainment with events like the MSPS New Music Festival. In a comeback of sorts, the Pumping Station is proving to be more than a museum it’s a hot place to be in downtown Shreveport.

Stop by any day Wednesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a tour of the facility where you will find larger-than-life water tanks, hundred-year-old steam pumps and Shreveport’s first municipal water system built in 1887. It houses one of the longest running steam-driven pumping systems in the U.S., retired just over 30 years ago in 1980.

Of course while the historic site is gaining new attention from a younger audience for new age music festivals, preservation is now a top concern. Stop by 142 North Common Street at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11 to hear how you can become a supporter and get involved with the conservation movement. Call (318) 221-3388 for more information about the meeting.

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