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It's a book!

Abandoned Baton Rouge: The Book!

Fantastic news, friends.






Abandoned Baton Rouge will be part of Fonthill Media's America Through Time series. It should be out in time for Christmas 2018. 

The Abandoned Baton Rouge book will have my words and photos plus new material, historic images, and lots of information. It will be a way to learn about Baton Rouge as I did, in reverse: by looking at what’s left and discovering the story behind it.

I will be putting on my research glasses and finding out Facts! Picture a montage in a movie of someone combing through microfiche in a library basement. (Does microfiche still exist? I'm about to find out.)

That means I'm coming your way, Louisiana. As always, I welcome tips on as yet uncovered sites I should check out, and offers to give me access and escort me through properties.  

If you're new here, read on. 

Quick intro for the newcomers, because I'm happy to report there are still newcomers to Abandoned Baton Rouge.

To start from the beginning, here is the first post.

Some other favorites:

Huey P. Long Fieldhouse Pool

Jimmy Swaggart Bible College Dorm

The Bellemont Motor Lodge

Lincoln Theater

It's not Louisiana, but you should also check out the posts on my old personal blog about deserted Borscht Belt resorts in New York's Catskills, starting here.


And please don't use any photos from this site without asking permission and giving a credit.




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Specifically Baton Rouge area locations?

Jan Moller

I doubt this is news to you, but have you seen the "abandoned louisiana" group on Facebook? There are more than 45,000 members and more photos/stories about long-forgotten places than I can count.

Congrats on the book!


I actually didn't know about that, thanks so much, Jan!

And Taryn, yes please!

Katie Schaefer

I hope the local NPR station hears about your book. They covered a book about New Orleans history (Bachelor in New Orleans) and several of us went out and bought it!

Keep up the good work, it is really fascinating and the pictures are so cool.

Colleen Kane

I'll have to get in touch with them when it's out. Thanks, Katie! I'm loving working on the book.


Looking forward to checking out the book! There are so many amazing abandoned buildings around Baton Rouge. Should be quite an interesting read.

Ken prater

My husband worked there when they filmed The Toy! He was a bellman! Richard Pryor, his housekeeper, Gladys, stayed there!

Mitch Bratton

Is this book still available? I love things like this, and enjoyed checking out the website. I would love to get my hands on a copy of the book. I own a business in New Orleans and am in Baton Rouge frequently. I have learned a lot about the history of the buildings that we clean in NOLA.

Colleen Kane

Hi Mitch, yes it is still available! You can buy one directly from me or from bookstores and Amazon.

Mitch Bratton

Great! I found it on Amazon and have a copy ordered! Can't wait!

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