Oil City

Oil City is about 20 miles north of Shreveport, where Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas converge. The town is situated on the banks of Caddo Lake, a massive freshwater reservoir that is popular with anglers and families looking for a weekend getaway.

As its name implies, Oil City was a boom town for the oil and gas industries in the early 20th century. The first wells were drilled in 1904, and within a few short years, an entire city had developed to house, feed and entertain oil field workers. In its earliest years, one building housed the post office, auditorium, store and pool hall, and old freight cars from the Kansas City Southern Railroad were being reconfigured and reused for local business.

You can learn about Oil City's rich history at the Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum, located in the center of town.