Stop by the Historic Boom or Bust Attractions
In the quaint towns, travelers will discover hidden treasures in antique shops. There are rare finds in home décor from kitchenware, silverware, and glassware to furniture, paintings, ornaments, and lamps. Also, keep an eye open for vintage clothing such as wedding dresses, jewelry, hats, coats, and more.
Learn about the rich and fascinating history found in the museums along the Boom or Bust Byway. There are captivating facts about local veterans, landmarks, and the oil, gaming and agriculture industries confined within the museums’ walls.
What to See
Big Mama’s Antiques and Restorations
Big Mama’s Antiques and Restorations sells industrial materials, salvage materials and eclectic offerings. They specialize in African American historical artifacts and have been featured on the Antiques Road Show and in the Antique Trader Magazine. Store hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or daily by appointment.
6403 Dogwood St., Hosston, LA 71043
Caddo Lake is a 25,400-acre lake and wetland located on the border between Texas and Louisiana. It is the largest natural fresh water lake in the South.
11425 Hwy. 1 North., Oil City, LA 71061
Country Crow Antiques, Gifts and Collectibles Shop
Country Crow features antiques, gifts and collectibles.
126 West Louisiana St., Vivian, LA 71082
Earl G. Williamson Park
Earl G. Williamson Park, a 40-acre park, features a public boat ramp, a 450-foot fishing pier, paved parking areas, restrooms with showers, RV camper hook-ups, areas for tent camping, extensive picnic facilities, two playgrounds, volleyball nets, a baseball field, tennis courts, and a swimming area.
11425 LA Hwy. 1., Oil City, LA 71061
Germantown Colony Museum
History is an important part of the present in Webster Parish, where we value our heritage and vow to preserve the things that have made us who we are. Germantown Colony and Museum is one of three sites founded by the Utopian Movement or Harmonist Society in the 19th Century. In 1835, a group from the Economy, Pennsylvania site, under the leadership of “Countess von Leon”, established a colony near Minden. The colony operated on a communal basis for 37 years, finally dispersing in 1871. Of the three Harmony Society Colonies, Germantown was the most successful. In 1979, it was placed on the official list of the Nation’s Cultural Resources Worthy of Preservation by the U.S. Department of Interior. The Germantown Colony and Museum is located 7 miles northeast of Minden on Germantown Road.
The museum is open Thursday – Saturday from 10a – 4p. Admission is free. For information, call 318-377-6061
120 Museum Rd., Minden, LA 71055
Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge
In 1914, as modes of transportation progressed, the Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge in Mooringsport was built to replace the ferry. This vehicular bridge illustrates the unique “Vertical Lift” design which allows the entire center span to lift to allow tall oil equipment to pass through, especially Gulf Oil Company’s pile driver which was used for the first off-shore oil drilling. This 100-plus-year-old landmark is the last surviving Waddell vertical-lift bridge in Louisiana and is open to the public as a pedestrian walkway. It has been listed on National Register of Historic Places since 1996.
500 N Croom St., Mooringsport, LA 71060
Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum
Learn how the discovery of oil shaped the history of Caddo Parish through photographs, films, a shotgun house, and life-size dioramas at Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum.
200 S Land Ave., Oil City, LA 71061
Mooringsport Mini-Museum allows visitors to explore the history of Mooringsport, Louisiana through a series of paintings, artifacts, photographs, and more. Call for appointments.
Corner of Gremen and Croom Street
Red River Cross Roads Museum
See how the early settlers of the surrounding rural communities lived through memorabilia and pictures. Located in Shreve Memorial Library branch in Gilliam, the library’s hours are by appointment only.
12797 Main St., Gilliam, LA 71029
Restor-A-Book handles a wide variety of restoration and binding work including Bibles, books, genealogy papers, church hymnals, bulletins, newspapers, tabloids, and much more.
126 South Land Ave., Oil City, LA 71061
The Spring Theater
The Spring Theater is a family friendly environment offering movie show times from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
214 N Main Street, Springhill, LA 71075
Vivian Railroad Station Museum
Walk around and explore exhibits showcasing artifacts, photographs and more about North Caddo Parish’s railroad history at Vivian Railroad Station Museum.
100 Front St., Vivian, LA 71082