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April 30, 2010


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annette ranger

That first pic reminds me of some Pink Floyd album art. Love it!


Reminds me of the Twin Peaks intro. Beautiful!


beautiful photos. this place reminds me a whole lot of sloss furnances in birmingham, al.

Colleen Kane

Annette, I can see that.

Alicia, Wow, thanks! What a great thing to be reminded of!

Jess, Yep, same here! Different color scheme, though. A few photos I took at Sloss are in this post from my personal blog: http://abandonedbatonrouge.typepad.com/barou_is_the_new_bklyn/2009/07/road-trip-to-birmingham.html


The photos are amazing! I would love to purchase some of the innards, too...


I for one, am jealous of your photographic talent ... and your ability to get access to a great place like this!

I have to agree with Annette on the PF cover! :)


your best yet, i think. marvelous.


Well worth the wait!


Your photos are incredible!! Definitely should be published (in my humble opinion). You do weddings? ;)


Damn, those are great shots. Are they the same as you showed me on the way to the rodeo?
I might have to say, though, that the story from the first visit is the best part of the post.

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Great pictures! The facilities were kinda classic. Great post!

Jerry Odom

Very interesting photographs. That place looks like it'd make a great video game level or setting. EA Sports should take a look. Is it the rust/patina that makes everything have a green haze?

Colleen Kane

Thanks everybody! Jerry, some of the equipment was painted that vibrant blue-green color, but a lot of the green tint is due to some green semi-transparent ceiling panels that let in light.

Katie Harvey

They turned out beautifully Colleen! I knew this place screamed your name before I even met you. I'm so glad that you were able to shoot this before leaving...it's your BR swan song.

If you send me these shots, I'll post them on the BR Film location website.


Is that aqua color from second shot from paint or could it be copper deposits? Cool stuff! Too bad it's being shutdown.



Nursing top

this photo's are awesome and amazing! love it! i actually enjoyed watching this photos, so neat and clean


Off topic, but really abandoned....




Nice idea! I never try to make a flower tissue before, Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I've got an idea.


It's so great to see well-taken pictures of this place. I have personally explored those great cavernous sheds of Cinclare, even adopting a family of kittens from beneath a piece of machinery. It is a place I hold dear to my exploratory childhood and so it feels good to see it up here.

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I love all these pictures, after seeing them it gave me the idea to take our engagement pictures at Cinclare. I grew up in Brusly so that place reminds me alot of my childhood and brings back great memories. Thanks for sharing!

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I love all these pictures, after seeing them it gave me the idea to take our engagement pictures at Cinclare.

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The security guard told us it was called Mutant and ran on the SyFy channel

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I am glad it was appropriately punished. I don't work in a big agency, i am an independent, so I don't have any insight into how agencies bill, but I know how I do it, and there is no padding there, so for others to muddy that up is pretty irritating indee



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Awesome blog,really supllied with it.I have been looking for it since I was 9 years old.Thanks for sharing.

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Awesome blog,really supllied with it.I have been looking for it since I was 9 years old.Thanks for sharing.

Apostle Bishop Ann Parker Ambers

I am glad to see these pictures. It is my understanding that the Sugarmill may become active again. I was born on Cinclare Plantation, February, 1948. My uncle lived and worked there with one exception until he died. Even my husband had an opportunity to work at the sugarmill. Most people do not believe me when I tell them I was born on a Sugar Cane Plantation. I hope to be able to take a few pictures there to have in my Legacy Book that is being left for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thank you for the pictures.


Carjacked also had the ending filmed at the mill.


This place was also featured in an episode of the now cancelled TV show "Sister Pickers" a year or so ago.

Steven ducote

These pictures remind me of my childhood. When i was about 6 or so, my dad worked as a time keeper at Oaklawn Sugar Mill in Franklin La, I use to have run of the place for hours on end. All the mill workers would keep an eye on me, I remember the big gears, the boilers, the steam pipes, the sounds, the smells and best of all the fresh sugar coming out of the mill, still warm and delicious. It is sad these old mills are closing and being torn down. A lot of history in the old places. Good honest hard working people, the backbone of America. Too bad the young kids of today will never get a chance to see, hear, smell and taste what came out of the old mills. That was a real treat looking back. Thanks for taking the time to photograph and post the pictures. God bless.

Debbie Allen

Just went past this place on vacation. Your commentary is very interesting And pictures are great. They should save it and have tours. ( except for the catwalk maybe). Thanks for sharing

Clint landry

I was born and raised in the same town that cinclare is in. I remember the smell of the sugar being processed and the sound of the trucks moving in and out. This place is the simble of my town (Brusly) and they make movies there all the time, there actually making a big movie there right now, i dont know what movie but its big. Thanks for sharing this onfo about my town.

Dana Lemoine Trewren

My parents moved to Cinclare in 1976. I was 2 yrs. old. My dad was a welder there for 32 yrs. I remember the horn would blow everyday at 6 am and 6 pm during the grinding season. They also used the whistle during grinding as a call to the techs, such as mechanics, welders, electrictions etc. Each had a different number of short whistles. For example, a welder was 3 short whistles, mechanics were 1 short whistle, electrictions were 4 short whistles and to stop the mill from grinding if a problem occurred it was 1 long whistle. And, at end of the grinding season when the last load of sugar cane was sent through the mill every employee who was in the mill had a chance to pull the whistle for 1 long continuous celebration!


Wonderful photos! Thanks for posting. Brought back memories from late 50's-early 60's when a classmates mother worked there. We'd roam all over, climb rickety stairs,lean over rickety rails, and watch the boiling vats in action. Of course we'd always end our night adventure at the boxcars getting a little sugar(brown). No one ever got hurt,What's that saying "God watches out for fools and drunks." Thanks for the memories.

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