Lake Providence is the seat of East Carroll Parish, one of the least populated parishes in Louisiana. It's the northeasternmost city in the state, located where Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas meet. It's a calm, laid-back corner of Louisiana, with plenty of Southern charm to spare.
As this was historically a center of agriculture since the antebellum years, producing cotton and pecans, Tallulah and the parish have long had majority-African American populations. The small city is now nearly 77 percent African American; the surrounding parish is 60 percent black. Mechanization and industrial agriculture have reduced the number of jobs, and many residents have moved since the mid-20th century to larger cities with more opportunities.
The last time I was here an old lady was turning the school into a flea market. She even gave me a tour of the whole place.
Elise Reuss Memorial School
This abandoned school in Iberville parish was erected in 1907 in memory of Elise Bertha Christine Reuss, the daughter of the successful and well-known sugar planter George B. Reuss. Of German descent The Reuss' became owners of great sugar cane fields & a couple of plantations. It's in real bad shape, but the brick work seems to be in really good shape.
Provencal is a village in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 611 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area. Coushatta businessman and philanthropist Edgar Cason is a former Provencal resident.
Lillie Middle School
Lillie is a village in Union Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 118 at the 2010 census, a decrease from 139 in 2000. It is part of the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to a 2007 report, Lillie was named one of the 10 worst speed traps in the state of Louisiana. Lillie made 85.59% of its revenue, an average of roughly $508 per capita population, from fines and forfeitures in the 2005 fiscal year.
The Tremont Lumber company founded Eros, in the early 20th century. Mrs. Mary Collins, née Nash (wife of Samuel Collins) suggested that the sawmill boomtown be named after the 433 Eros Asteroid (discovered in 1898).
There's not a lot out there on Poplas Elementary in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Some of the people on the street said the school had been closed for about 50 years. Looking online, the last I found was one person who had finished elementary school here in 1968. Which fits the timeline. Another guy told me the school had asbestos. The school was pretty stripped. The actual frame of the school looks incredibly well built.
This is Holy Cross in the New Orleans area. I'm sharing this one because everyone already knows about it. It's in really bad shape & I don't recommend going in.
Driving along the highway in rural Louisiana and, BOOM! There's an abandoned school. This one had more murals inside than I found in any other abandoned school. There was no atttempt to board this one up and the vandals, as per usual, have found their way in. Most curious were two octagon shaped rooms, actually I think it's more than eight & I don't know the term, on the end that maybe served as reading rooms or something.
Defunct Technical College
This technical college in Louisiana shuttered its doors around 2005 from what I can tell. The calendar on the wall was dated then. That's when Hurricane Katrina devestated the Gulf Coast. The place has been cleaned out is on the market. Across the street is a beautiful cemetery. I think I'll go back & do a full shoot there.
School House turned Haunted House
From the outside, this school in rural Louisiana, is in a lot worse shape than it appears. From a distance it looks like it's in really good shape. Once inside, I discovered it had once been used in more recent years as a haunted house. Some things from the school remained, but mostly fun house style stuff takes upt he place now. The upper floors were looking pretty bad. In fact in some places you could look right through the floor to the bottom. A bit unsettling walking across from one side to another.
I named it Aquatheater because the auditorium is flooded up to the stage. There was room I didn't enter, I think it was a bathroom, it had what sounded like hundreds or maybe thousands of bats.
Keachi Woman’s College was founded in 1856 in Keachi Louisiana and stayed a woman’s college until 1879 when it was opened up for men to attend. During the Battle of Mansfield in 1864 the college served as a field hospital and morgue.
Morrow is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States, located just east of U.S. Route 71. It was first listed as a CDP in the 2020 census with a population of 149. A post office has existed in this community since 1883. Public school students in Morrow attended Morrow Elementary School (under the supervision of the St. Landry Parish School Board) until the school was closed due to dwindling school population and a federal desegregation order in 2009.
Waterproof is a village in Tensas Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States with a population of 688 as of the 2010 census.
Holy Rosary Institute
The institute was initially built in order to provide vocational and technical education for black females. It also served as a Normal School to train teachers for rural black schools. In 1947, it became a co-ed facility. Enrollment began to decline in the 1960s and in 1974, the boarding facilities were closed.