Abandoned Baton Rouge Book

Abandoned Baton Rouge: Stories from the Ruins

Abandoned Baton Rouge: Stories from the Ruins


Around Louisiana's state capital, structures sit abandoned for years. Some of them hold memories, some hold clues to the city's history. With subjects ranging from antebellum to agri-industrial, from a rickety single-room shack to one of Huey Long's pet projects, to the last gasps of a grand ballroom, this travelogue of decay reveals some of that history and at times, some insight to the city that is today. 

In Abandoned Baton Rouge, discover what's been going on in forgotten spaces when no one else was looking. Learn about the establishments that once were, the high times and the low crimes. Meet the people who loved the places and find out what they kept as souvenirs. 

Captured in photos before they were gone are Baton Rouge institutions like the Bellemont Motor Hotel, and that ordinary building on Oklahoma Street that helped to make LSU athletics extraordinary. More than 130 images show how these places looked when they were new, not-so-new, abandoned, and on their way out of existence.

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