Shreveport/Bossier's Texas Street bridge glows from the neon
lights that were installed in 1994.
Neil Johnson: The Neon Bridge revisited
The Shreveport Times, Apr. 16, 2014
In 1993, Mayor Hazel Beard flipped a switch and the Texas Street
Bridge — officially, the Long-Allen Bridge, built in 1934 — soon became known as The Neon Bridge.
Even though many people questioned its cost and scratched their
heads over all the hoop-la, the goal of Shreveport officials (City Hall,
Downtown Development Authority, and Shreveport Regional Arts Council) was to create a signature piece of public art that would not only help define Shreveport in a creative, strikingly visual, and very public way, but connect Shreveport with its sister city on the other side of the river.
Rockne Krebs (1938-2011), an artist from Washington D.C.,