Getting to Shreveport is half the fun

Part-time Missourian offers tips for food and frolic on the road to the Independence Bowl.
Monday, December 29, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:35 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Except for his time-share in Branson, Greg Tyndall has no ties to Missouri. But the resident of Shreveport, La., has taken it upon himself to help out fans planning to attend the Independence Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Tyndall, who was born and raised in Shreveport, says hearing the city’s name on national news is a pretty big deal. And he likes to help people who haven’t visited his hometown.

For true Louisiana cuisine, Tyndall recommends Ralph and Kacoos at 1700 Old Minden Road across the Red River in nearby Bossier City. The Superior Bar and Grill, 6123 Line Ave, is the most popular restaurant in town, Tyndall says, and offers great Mexican food in a fun atmosphere.

He also recommends the American Rose Center, a 42-acre research and garden center, and the Sci-Port Discovery Center’s IMAX Theater, which has more than 200 interactive science exhibits.

The rose center, at 8877 Jefferson Paige Road — Exit 5 off Interstate 20 — contains 20,000 roses and is transformed into a holiday walking and driving tour during the Christmas season that features a display of more than 4 million lights. Admission is $4 per person or $10 per car.

On the entertainment front, Kenny Rogers will perform today and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City. Tickets range from $35 to $80.

If you’re traveling south on U.S. 63, Highway 167 in Arkansas connects to Interstate 30 through Little Rock. One of the first towns on Highway 167 is Evening Shade, which was made famous by the sitcom of the same name in the early 1990s starring Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner.

I-30 passes through the Arkansas capital of Little Rock, named after the “little rock” near the history pavilion in Riverfront Park. According to the Little Rock Convention and Tourism Bureau, early explorers used a small stone jutting out into the Arkansas River as a guide. Originally called, “La Petite Roche,” French for “the little rock,” the name stuck.

Continuing south on I-30, take note of Arkadelphia and consider stopping for a hand-drawn soda at Malone’s on Main Street. After about two hours, say hello to Texarkana, which has the only U.S. post office that straddles two states. Grab some gas and snap a photo on Photographer’s Island, which consists of a sign and the opportunity to stand with one foot in each state.

From there, it’s 30 miles until the Louisiana border — and Shreveport is less than an hour away.

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