Bossier City, Louisiana

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Bossier City is a city located in the northwestern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Louisiana.  Prior to meddling by citizens of the United States, this area had been inhabited for quite some time by the Caddo peoples.  However, by the 1830s, the area which would eventually become Bossier City, Louisiana was known as the plantation Elysian Grove, which was purchased by a family called the Canes.  Subsequently, because Elysian Grove was located on the Red River, its loading and unloading dock became known as Cane’s Landing.  This area was then known as Cane City, until 1843, when a section of the land was “divided out of the Great Natchitoches District and Claiborne Parish areas” and renamed Bossier Parish.  Bossier Parish was named in honor of Pierre Evariste John Baptiste Bossier, a former Creole general, cotton farmer, and one of the first settlers to arrive in the local area.  Bossier City, Louisiana wouldn’t be officially founded until 1907, though.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, Bossier City, Louisiana has a total population of 68,485.  The city claims this makes it the sixth-most populous city in the state of Louisiana, but the city of Kenner, Louisiana also claims this rank as well.  In any case, Bossier City, Louisiana is the 518th most populous city in the country.  Bossier City, Louisiana is also considered a principal city in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area.  The Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area, according to a 2012 estimate, has a total population of 447,000.

Bossier City, Louisiana, along with Shreveport, Louisiana, is home to Barksdale Air Force Base. This military institution is responsible for 10,284 local jobs.  Barksdale Air Force Base, which was built in 1931, garrisons the 2nd Bomb Wing and is part of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

Bossier City, Louisiana is perhaps much more famous as serving as the location for the Bossier Strip.  This is the name for the city’s entertainment district, which, according to Kip Lornell and Tracey E.W. Laird’s book Shreveport Sounds in Black and White, features “nightclubs, bars, strip joints, restaurants, gambling, prostitution, and live music.”  Indeed, the city hosts four riverboat casino gambling resorts along the banks of the Red River: Margaritaville, Horseshoe, Boomtown, and Diamond Jack’s.  As if these were not enough, Bossier City, Louisiana is also home to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, a horse racing venue, which opened in 1974.

As for other sporting franchises based near Bossier City, Louisiana, Bossier City shares an all-women’s flat track roller derby team with Shreveport, who are named the Twin City Knockers.  The CenturyLink Center (at one time known as the CenturyTel Center) was once the home of AF2’s Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings and Central Hockey League’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.  Before folding, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs had 3 regular season titles, 7 division championships, 3 conference championships, and 4 Ray Miron President’s Cups to their names.

Bossier City, Louisiana has been featured in songs by luminaries like David Allan Coe, Johnny Rodriguez, and the Turnpike Troubadours.  The Turnpike Troubadours even named their debut album after the city.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Bossier City area?  Have you, by any chance, ever considered the possibility of embarking upon such an epic endeavor?  The resources listed below could aid you should you choose to accept such a quest:

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