Shreveport was founded along the banks of the Red River, near the Arkansas and Texas borders. The city's Louisiana State Exhibit Museum gives guests a look at local history, from prehistory onward. The Pioneer Heritage Center is a living museum that demonstrates early pioneer life. Anyone desiring to challenge their luck has the option of gambling aboard an authentic riverboat, venturing to the racetrack, or heading to Sam's Town Hotel & Casino.
The extensive highway system found in and around Shreveport consists of Interstates 30, 49, 220, State Highways 3132 and 526. The city is served well by transportation, which is provided by the Sportran City Transit System of buses and light trains. Commercial buses and taxis also offer their services. Passenger flights are provided by the Shreveport Regional Airport (RHV). There are many hotels to pick from in the city center, with some offering views of the Red River.
Shreveport's hot, humid climate beckoned Henry Miller Shreve, who was instrumental in clearing an area along the river in order to establish a community. He also led the United States Army Corps of engineers in clearing the river for transportation and trade. The settlement was named in his honor. Not long after, the site became an important port for agricultural trade. In the 1950s, the Louisiana Hayride radio program, broadcast from the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, launched the careers of a number of artists including Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.