Cinclare Plantation Sugar Mill, Part 2
August 10, 2010
Apologies for the delay between posts. I was settling back to Brooklyn, procrastinating, freelance writing and looking for a steady job. (I am still looking, and very much hoping for good news about a recent job interview. Wish me luck!)
So! Where were we? In the first real post about Cinclare, we just finished up touring the main mill. But that still leaves numerous intriguing outbuildings and structures, so let's take a look at those.
The photo below was taken inside the first molasses tank, which has been cut open for storage.
Here, Building 8, which includes parts storage and offices.
Nothing in the old fridge, but nearby, some mysterious tracks in the (indoor) sand. Possum? Nutria?
Now for the two front offices.
Below, a view back up to the mill, from whence we came. That arch-shaped patched-hole in the structure was cut to let out a tank that got sold off.
Castoff boots inside an open brick outbuilding which used to house a carpentry shop.
A wedding photographer was also inside shooting a just-married couple. Uh...romantic?
View from the brick outbuilding back to the mill.
From that area, we headed toward the back. Behind the mill was a quaint residential street where some of the higher-up mill employees used to live.
There were also ditches with standing water, a perfect habitat for nutria.
I'd been hoping to spot the ratlike invasive species nutria (our guide called them "nutra-rats") since I first learned of their
existence after moving to Louisiana, but until this day at the mill I'd
only seen lumps of ex-nutria along the side of the highway. Now was my chance.
Would you look at that--right there is about $20 worth of nutria tails.
Our last stop was this green antique stable. It was not abandoned, and we made an equine friend who likes oaty snacks.
Well, I'm sorry to say that's the last of the fresh material I have for Abandoned Baton Rouge for the foreseeable future, since I no longer live in the region. However, I still have notes and photos for a post updating on many sites covered here on the blog, which will come next. Until then...
Glad to see you back.
Great pics (I love that green door!). I've only seen Nutria on YouTube vids prior to this ... they're weird little critters :)
Best wishes with your job search! Let us know if you start an abandoned project in NY!
Posted by: Wendy | August 10, 2010 at 04:08 PM
The tracks were pretty jumbled up, but they looked like raccoon to me. If you notice the nutrias' hind feet, you can tell they're not nutria tracks -- you would have seen some really big back-foot tracks in that sand.
You know, there are mink in the rivers and bayous, too.
Posted by: The Mighty Favog | August 10, 2010 at 04:20 PM
I just found your blog. I grew up there ('68-'83). So sad to see my old neighborhood in such disrepair. But thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Becky Johnson | August 10, 2010 at 04:29 PM
So glad to see you back. I wish you the best on finding a fun and rewarding job.
Posted by: Lamar Bevil | August 11, 2010 at 01:48 PM
I'm really sorry to see this blog winding down. I grew up in BR from age 2 through 26 and have really enjoyed what you've done here. Your work has really meant something to somebody (me).
Posted by: Scott | August 14, 2010 at 12:11 AM
Y'know nutria have been spotted in way southern NJ. It's only a matter of time. I can't make heads or tails of your track photos but considering you have all those photos of nutrias, that would be a good candidate. Possum tracks have a crazy thumb and racoon tracks are sort of human-like.
Posted by: kartek | August 15, 2010 at 05:13 PM
That place just seems spooky in the way things were just left where they were and everyone left. All those files I'm sure someone took great care in ordering.
Why would someoone take wedding pictures there? Still trying to wrap my head around that one.
Posted by: Best of Baton Rouge | August 17, 2010 at 08:45 AM
Glad to see you back; sorry to see you go. Enjoy Brooklyn, and best of luck with the job search. Thank you so very much for all the hard work you put into the site over the years, and especially for making these long afternoons working at my desk infinitely more enjoyable through your outstanding photography. Until I found your site, I thought I was the only one who saw the beauty in old buildings and structures that had been left behind, so thanks for making me feel a little less weird, too. You're awesome! :-)
Posted by: Joey Mabile | August 17, 2010 at 04:08 PM
I don't know why anyone would shoot wedding video there! Might need to check it out for creative exploration.
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Y'know nutria have been spotted in way southern NJ.
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I CAME UPON YOUR BLOG QUITE BY ACCIDENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PICTURES OF CINCLARE. MY DADDY WAS AN ELECTRICIAN THERE FOR ALL OF HIS LIFE, HE WORKED THERE FROM THE LATE 40'S UNTIL 1972. CINCLARE WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. I LIVE IN PORT ALLEN, LOUISIANA. MY PARAN ALSO WORKED AT CINCLARE AND HE LIVED ON CINCLARE.
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