Our new hometown is located near the northwest corner of Bossier Parish. For the benefit of my non-Louisiana friends, a parish is what the rest of the country calls a county. Bossier Parish is in the northwest corner of Louisiana. Bossier Parish was established February 24, 1843 and was named for General Pierre Evariste John Baptiste Bossier. General Bossier, who received his title as a general of the Louisiana Militia, was elected to congress the same year the parish was created.
Bossier Parish is home to Bossier City, part of the Bossier-Shreveport metro area. Local sports teams include the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (Arena Football) and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL Hockey). We haven’t had much of a chance to attend local sporting events, but I personally cannot wait to cheer on the Mudbugs. (For those of y’all not from Louisiana, “mudbug” is another name for a crawfish. I think this might be one of my all time favorite sports team mascots.)
Barksdale Air Force Base is located in Bossier City as well. Barksdale is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing, 2nd Operations Group, 2nd Maintenance Group, 2nd Mission Support Group, the 2nd Medical Group, Eighth Air Force Museum and the Air Force Reserve’s 917th Wing. Needless to say, it’s a huge complex and not a day goes by that we don’t spot a bomber (or two or ten) flying overhead. We have a number of military families at our church and several members who are deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and other locations around the world.
While we haven’t had the time to do much traveling around our new home yet, one place in Bossier Parish that we really enjoy is the Cypress Black Bayou Recreational Center. This was the park where our church held it’s annual Lake Baptism.
Let’s see – Bossier Parish, Bossier City, Barksdale, Battle Wings, Black Bayou – whew…I think that’s all the “B’s” for today!