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The largest mural in the country was amazing and so was this adorable Dalmatian: Road-trip recap

From Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, Sweetums and I drove 2,150 miles from Huntsville, Alabama, to Fort Worth, Texas, and back again. I am posting the stops in order of the trip. The map is below. Most sites will be included in my upcoming Guide to Southern Oddities.

Road-Trip Stop No. 9:  Downtown Shreveport, La.

The Dalmatian

Our stop in Shreveport was a quick one to see a couple of fun roadside oddities so this will be a quick post.

First we stopped to see an adorable 19-foot Dalmatian outside the Shreveport Regional Arts Center. His spots light up at night but we were a bit too early to see them. The dog’s name is Art (notice his tag).

The spots on this 19-foot Dalmatian in downtown Shreveport light up at night. (Kelly Kazek | Permission Required)
Groover bombed my selfie with Sweetums and the giant Dalmatian. (Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The spots on this 19-foot Dalmatian in downtown Shreveport light up at night. (Kelly Kazek | Permission Required)

The Mural

A few blocks away, we were awed by the Largest Mural in the U.S. It really was amazing. Called Once in a Millennium Moon is 16 stories high and took two years to paint.

According to a local TV station, “It was produced by a team of professional artists and 2,600 community painters under the guidance of muralist Meg Saligman, a nationally and internationally recognized mural artist.”

According to explanatory signs at the site, the 19 people depicted are real people. In addition, the mural objects with personal meaning. “Each one is an heirloom that has meaning to a family or person in the Shreveport/Bossier community,” the article said. Click here to read the details. southernlagniappe.blogspot.com/.

The Largest Mural in the U.S., downtown Shreveport, La. (Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The Largest Mural in the U.S., downtown Shreveport, La. (Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The front side of the building with the Largest Mural in the U.S., downtown Shreveport, La. (Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
This fun little carrot-man in a top hat walking a tight rope was painted on a building near the Dalmatian. Lots of fun art in Shreveport. (Wil Elrick | Permission Required)

2 thoughts on “The largest mural in the country was amazing and so was this adorable Dalmatian: Road-trip recap”

  1. Kelly, May I forward this to a buddy of mine in Cumming GA. His family and I attended a Bama bowl game against Colorado in Shreveport shortly after Coach Saban was hired. He’ll get a kick out of it. P

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