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September 01, 2008


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Dude. Occam's razor. Is it that bizarre of an idea that somebody kept their family store open for several years? There's a clutch of them here in Mississippi, dating back decades. Of course you repaint the sign; it's still open and you want it to look nice.

It's also not completely unheard of for somebody to make up a date for the sake of a joke or to create faux-longevity.

The (somewhat-recent) Community Coffee sign inside would lend credence to the idea that this was a recently-functioning store.

I dig "I'm a Bad Dude."

The Mighty Favog


You always could call the store and ask about it. There's a phone number listed:



If you call, ask 'em how much they want for that Community Coffee store sign.

The Mighty Favog

Oh, unless it was made recently to be faux antique or as some sort of movie prop, that Community sign dates at least to the 1960s. Community stopped using that style logo -- generally -- in the early '70s.

Specifically, that particular logo probably went out in the early '60s.


i can confirm that this is indeed "a place for high-school kids to hang out to practice their juvenile-delinquent skills."
we called it the "the pier." very spooky at night. great pictures, thanks for taking me back.


Great post! Love the pictures. And that one cow is ....gray? Weird.


The Barthel Store reminds me of my grandfather's store outside of New Iberia, which he closed in 1970. I have vague memories of it being open, and more memories of it as a glorified storage shed before it was torn down when Highway 14 was widened.

No Community Coffee sign, but in the barn there might be a Jax Beer one, and an old Coke Machine/cooler. To be honest, I wouldn't want to go into the barn...lord knows what sort of vermin call it home these days.

My parents did manage to rescue a large sugar kettle and Gulf Oil kerosene dispenser...

Maxwell Mouse

funny, I was exploring BR today, looking for anything amazing.. (on a scale of 1-10 it's about a 1.5 compared to the abandoned buildings of new orleans.. at least from what I've found so far).. anyway.. i found this warf.. and was check'n it out.. didn't get to far before i noticed said "transient" (which as a Boston native, I call homelss guy)..

so it's october 1st and it looks like he's not quite homeless after all..

we just keep invading his home thinking it's abandoned! go figure..


Ryan Waldron

The Barthel Store was originally the store for a plantation (I forget which one), but is now primarily used as a set piece for TV shows. It is maintained in a state of slight deterioration.


I happened to visit the wharf on Wed., 1/17/10, as part of a physical exercise hike. I took some photos of the river side to stitch into a panorama, but I didn't realize that my camera was still set for the moon pics I took the night before, so the panorama came out over exposed. I did take some video, though, one of the whole river side of the building and one of the inside, with a creepy "transient" in the opening at the southern far end. How can I upload these vids?

Colleen Kane

Thanks all!

Ryan, so I'm not crazy! I knew it! Thanks.

Harvey, You can upload them to Abandoned Baton Rouge's fan page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abandoned-Baton-Rouge/272959967183?ref=mf

Once you become a fan (if you're not already), go to where it says "What's on your mind?" and there's a little video camera icon. Click that, and you can upload the files from your computer. Hope that helps, it would be cool to have that on the page. Thanks!

Cheap Escorts

somehow found your blog while looking for a post for a class, but I have to say I'm glad I found it ...will definately come back sometime.

Cheap Escorts

somehow found your blog while searching for a article for a class, but I have to say I'm happy I found it ...will definately come back sometime.

Oralee GolubRubye HeeterPeter LochridgeTiara Norcross

somehow came across your blog while looking for a post for a class, but I have to say I'm glad I found it ...will definately read some more post sometime.

M. Schmidt

Possible plans for afore mentioned dock.

Colleen Kane

M. Schmidt, thanks! I hadn't seen that before.


I love old buildings. I took some of my bridal pics on the porch of the Barthel store.

Lewis Barthel Hannaman

In responce to the very first post the store was started by Mike Barthel (my Great Great Grandfather)

It was in operation until the 1990s under a non-family owner. not sure of the transition date.

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