Coates Bluff

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Coates Bluff

Description

Coates Bluff is a line of bluffs on an old channel of the Red River in southeast Shreveport’s Stoner Hill section.  In the mid-1830’s, it was the location of a settlement by that name.  Before then, it is said to have been the site of the Indian traiding post of James Coates.  The LA State historical marker at the corner of East Olive Street and Youree Drive gives a brief characterization of the old Coates Bluff settlement.  Captain Henry Miller Shreve cut off the Red River as he cleared the Great Raft, thus eliminating Coates Bluff from the waterfront and effectively eliminating it as a settlement.

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