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Shreveport in Caddo Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Turning to the Right

 
 
Turning to the Right Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 4, 2017
1. Turning to the Right Marker
Inscription. In 1870, three blocks northeast of this site, water well drillers discovered the first natural gas field in northwest Louisiana. An ice plant located near the site was the first to utilize this new resource.

The area's first commercial reservoirs of oil were discovered in 1905. Located northwest of Shreveport, the Caddo Pine Island Field continues to produce oil and gas to this day.

The promise of wealth lured wildcatters, roughnecks and roustabouts, and Shreveport became the oil capital of the southwest as gushers turned muleskinners into millionaires. Downtown teemed with tycoons, landowners and would-be oilmen with dreams in their heads and maps bundled under their arms. Leases were signed on coffeshop counters and Model T hoods.

The only way to grasp a share of these riches was to put a bit in the ground and start "Turning to the Right."
 
Erected 2001 by Shreveport Downtown Development Authority and Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 32° 30.824′ N, 93° 44.917′ W. Marker is in Shreveport, Louisiana, in Caddo Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Texas Street (Highway 79/80) and Edwards Street, on the right when traveling west on Texas Street. Touch for map
Turning to the Right Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 4, 2017
2. Turning to the Right Marker
. Marker is in this post office area: Shreveport LA 71101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. CNB Building (a few steps from this marker); First City Market (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shreve Memorial Library (about 400 feet away); Old CNB Building (about 400 feet away); Hutchinson Building (about 500 feet away); Caddo Parish Courthouse (about 600 feet away); The Last Confederate Flag (about 700 feet away); Cane & Bennett's Trading Post (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shreveport.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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