Lucas to Shreveport

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Evidence of the former right-of-way can still be seen in Veterans Park, near Shreveport. Photo by Kenneth Williams, August 2013.

In 1873, the Texas & Pacific Railroad completed their line between Shreveport, LA and Dallas, TX. The route, as it approaches Shreveport from the west, takes a southeasterly direction, then makes a 90-degree turn at Reisor to enter Shreveport proper from the southwest. This line is still in use today by Union Pacific as their Dallas Sub.

The T&P, interested in reaching New Orleans, purchased the New Orleans Pacific Railway company with intent to build from Shreveport to New Orleans. This line was completed in segments, with the first one from Shreveport, through Lucas, to Provencal, LA, being built in 1881. (The rest of the line to New Orleans was completed the next year.)

It was soon apparent that the section of the NOP line between Shreveport and Lucas, about 5 miles in length, was subject to flooding, due to its location alongside the west bank of the Red River. Thus, in 1902, the T&P built a cut-off that ran west from Lucas to just north of the 90-degree turn of their Shreveport-Dallas line at Reisor; today this connection near Reisor is known as Cut-off Junction. This cut-off now offered a bypass for traffic entering Shreveport from New Orleans, taking it west to Reisor then northeastward into Shreveport along the Dallas Sub.

It is difficult to determine when the now-unnecessary Shreveport-Lucas segment was abandoned. Relatively recent topographical maps show only portions of the abandoned route, and even the very southern end of the segment at Lucas was in use as recently as 1985 to serve a metal fabrication shop. A railroad map from 1948 does not show this segment of line, so it was most likely abandoned before then.

The map above shows only the visible/known routing of the abandoned line; it is nearly impossible to tell how the line ran in its entirety.

The route of the old NOP followed the levee from Shreveport- Barksdale highway to Dixie garden Dr. and I belive the part of Dixie Garden and Kings Highway south of Bert Kouns is built on the grade

Randy James
Shreveport, LA
7/28/2013

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if you go down clyde fant parkway and go to veterans park you will see railroad ties up near the footpath

kenneth williams
shreveport, LA
8/12/2013

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I have been working on old rr beds in this region. The T& P line followed the levee behind LSUS ande then vereered to the eas at the Haven development. We found it when I was working on the cultural resource masterplan for the property. There are still some trestle pilings in existence. It then followed the basic line of the East Kings Hwy to the the Lucas Treatment Plant and intersected the current UP line. Old aerial photographs pick up the row scars.

Gary D. Joiner
Shrevevport, LA
12/26/2013

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A chart from 1965 details this line arcing along the Red River just east of the VA hospital.

David Maniccia
Bossier City, LA
12/30/2013

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The piece to fill in is Anderson island to LSUS. I would love to see maps or propety deeds from the time period. My info comes from word of mouth and my propety deed which list railroad ROW where the levee is today in Shreve Island between Preston road and Dixie Garden.

Randy

Randy James
Shreveport, LA
12/31/2013

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I think I have the route calculated.I need to go out and do a little work near Champion Lake and the LSUS campus, but it works. I have it nailed through Anderson Island.

GarY D. Joiner
Shreveport, LA
12/31/2013

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I live on Bayou Dr. Champion lake is visible from my back yard. I understand Elk way is most lilely the grade and the Levee follows it from the Elks club almost to Dixie Garden. Confirmation would be a great thing, and to see if I calulated the route corectly. I would be glad to assist if needed.

Randy

Randy James
Shreveport, LA
12/31/2013

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Sure. Call me Thursday and I will show you what I have on the computer. My cell is 3378407

Gary D. joiner
Shreveport , LA
12/31/2013

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Gary, Randy, if you gentlemen do find an accurate routing of this line, let me know and I'll update this page with it.

Thanks!

Owner, AbandonedRails.com

Greg Harrison
Haslet, TX
1/2/2014

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Growing up in Anderson Island, I explored this abandoned ROW as a child in the 60's. The RR crossed the bayou from the North into Anderson Island across an earth crossing at 1032 Gayle Street. The ROW through the woods on Wright Island was full of ties and telegraph poles. A farm operated on Wright Island until the early 70's and used the ROW and crossing as their road into Anderson Island. The current home at 1032 Gayle St was built after the farm was sold in the early 70's. The line continued along the western property line of the Shreve City Baptist Church. In the early 60's, I remember a crew of men removing the old telegraph poles loaded with insulators along the fenceline. It crossed the Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy and followed the current line of the Quail Creek Rd to Elks Lake. There used to be remains of the RR trestle across the lake to the Preston Road side. I lost it from there. We hunted and skied on Champion Lake for years and never saw any evidence of the ROW or trestle around Champion Lake. It has been very interesting to read your observations and Gary Joiner's recent newspaper article regarding this abandoned RR. Where could I see the picture from the 1930's(?) flood taken near the present site of Preston Road?

Bruce Bernhoft
Anderson Island, LA
2/3/2014

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My great-great grandmother, Charlotte Scott Reisor, leased the land from the Reisor estate to T & P Railroad, which still remains. As a child I heard my dad refer to "Cut-Off", but I never knew until recently where he got that phrase. At the Reisor Junction, my grandparents had a store and a boarding house. This is where my grandmother, Carrie Reisor Barron, met L. O. Anderson. Great history here.

Ann M. Stuckey
Shreveport, LA
4/16/2014

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Does anyone know about an abandoned T & P railroad near Barton Street and Grimmet Dr. was there every a document filed at clerk of courts office or who got the right of way?

Carter Rogers
Shreveport, La., LA
10/3/2014

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from what im told the nop switch still exists in the up yard. comfirmation would be great. id like to take a picture of it

kenneth williams
shreveport, LA
7/2/2015

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I'm actually having an issue with a piece of land that I bought this year. It's currently unclear whether or not I actually own the east side of my property, and I suspect it is because in the 1940s the T&P Railroad went through that side of the property.

The land is located in Point Blue (south of Ville Platte), Louisiana. Does anyone know what happens to the land of the T&P after it is abandoned?

Shaun
Ville Platte, Louisiana, LA
4/17/2016

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