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December 30, 2009

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otter34993

(applause) :)

jason

sooooooooo cool!

But I'm so relieved to see that "Hollywood" isn't overrun by commie hippies anymore.

Randall Griffith

Fantastic! Your "Abandoned" series is incomparable, Colleen. I love it!

Kendal Harper

Where in baton rouge by the river like by earl k. long hospital or by pepboys and applebees by hammond aire

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The loveliness of those old postcards is briefly destroyed by that crazy at the Romira!

Even if I was on that dude's side politically, I'm not sure I'd feel very invited to stay at that motel. Trigger happy!

Alicia

Awesome entry!

Joey.

Excellent work, as always, Ms. Kane. Bravo!

Kevin

Very, very well done!

P Buckman

More KUDOS to Ms. Kane! Thank you!

Alan Jennings

Missed seeing the Continental Motor Hotel (Baton Rouge's Welcome to the World). Once the first major hotel on US 61/190 in BR coming in from the north, and constructed of poured-in-place concrete walls and floors/ceilings, it was abandoned in 1986 when the owners could not give it away.

Richard

At one time the Bellemont Motor Hotel was considered a very high quality place to stay.

Rachel

I love it - thank you! The Bellemont was actually the sight of the Baton Rouge Assembly Debutante Ball into the mid '90's. You've got to love tradition in this town....

john rees

Colleen,
I was looking for info on the Vel Rose, as my foster children had the misfortune of suffering there recently. I came across your site.
So, a few comments:
I think you might enjoy reading Walker Percy's "Love In the Ruins". Perhaps you've read it already. Although a disturbing book, it does shine the light of humanity on all the people that we currently reduce to a summary (i.e. wing nut).
"You just know this is the kind of place where the guy (certainly a guy) inside is armed and waiting for the shit to go down." For the guy working that motel--and tens of thousands of others--maybe it's already gone down.

See you at HoJo's!
John

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The motel itself was very very clean, which is what I look for. The bathroom's were immaculate. The outside property was cleaned several times a day, there were staff outside sweeping the sidewalks and parking lot all day.


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Motel Management

I've heard a lot of good stuff about this place. Good thing they revisited it. I wish I can go there as well.

DOUG ALFORD

ANOTHER GREAT JOB!!!! YOU SAVED ME LOTS OF GAS AND FILM. I HAVE ALL OF THOSE POSTCARDS AND WAS PLANNING TO GO TAKE PHOTOS OF THE SAME PLACES AS THEY ARE TODAY. YOU MIGHT ADD THE TEN FLAGS INN, THE OLD HOWARD JOHNSON'S AND THE NOW DEMOLISHED CONTINENTAL MOTEL. THANKS FOR REMINDING US OF WHAT BATON ROUGE USED TO BE

Dave

in your travel on highway 61 going from east to west baton rouge you DO NOT cross the Huey Long Bridge. The Huey Long Bridge crosses Mississippi River just north of New Orleans. Jefferson Parish.

The bridge you cross on highway 61 is the O. K. Allen Bridge - I think. Not the Huey Long.

David

Sorry Dave, the old Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge is also the Huey P Long Bridge. (If you don't believe me, use Google) The "new" Mississippi in Baton Rouge is the Horace Wilkinson Bridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_P._Long_Bridge_(Baton_Rouge)

Chad Williams

Love the verse by Bob Dylan. Great story. I was actually looking to see if the Oak Manor was believed to be haunted. I had a strange experience there once when I was around 6 or 7 years of age.

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