Louisiana's Ghostly Past: 5 Abandoned Places Waiting to Be Explored

Louisiana’s Ghostly Past: 5 Abandoned Places Waiting to Be Explored

Some of the most fascinating abandoned locations in the country may be found in Louisiana, a state rich in history and culture. Every location shares a tale from a bygone era, an overlooked part of the rich history of the state. We’re going to travel across these eerily gorgeous places in this essay.

These locations, which range from the empty shell of the Lindy Boggs Medical Center to the quiet hallways of Kisatchie High School, serve as reminders of bygone eras.

We discover stories of community, sorrow, and the unrelenting march of time as we investigate the spooky hallways of Charity Hospital and the dilapidated buildings of the General Laundry Building.

Come explore the shadows of Louisiana’s forgotten gems, where the sounds of the past seem to reverberate with every creaking floorboard and soft wind.

 Lindy Boggs Medical

Originally called Mercy Hospital, Lindy Boggs Medical Center is now referred to as Lindy Boggs Hospital. The 1920s saw the founding of Mercy Hospital. Following their merger in the 1990s, Mercy Hospital and Southern Baptist Hospital formed Mercy-Baptist Medical Center.

2005 saw the Gulf Coast hit by Hurricane Katrina. Approximately 1,400 individuals perished in the aftermath. One of the main causes of so many deaths was the destruction of vital infrastructure.

Despite its graffiti, the hospital is structurally sound considering how long it has been abandoned.

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Kisatchie High School

Positioned close to the intersection of Louisiana Highways 117 and 118 lies the storied Kisatchie High School. Established in 1862, the school amalgamated with the Kisatchie Union School and the Shilo School, two adjacent establishments, in 1912.

With enough students, a small secondary school may now be constructed. By 1920 the school had outgrown its present building and a new one was needed.

Louisiana's Ghostly Past: 5 Abandoned Places Waiting to Be Explored

In a wonderful display of neighborhood pride, residents started making handmade bricks for the new school. It was a true team effort, with the kids pitching in as well. The school is still in place today, having been constructed in 1922. By 1931, repairs were necessary.

Regretfully, there were fewer and fewer kids enrolled in high school by the 1960s. After being abandoned for over 50 years, the building is slowly being restored by nature.

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The Luling Mansion

The Luling Mansion was constructed in 1865 for wealthy German cotton merchant Florence Luling. The lavish Luling Mansion featured 22 well furnished rooms that took two years to construct. Situated on thirty acres with a view of Bayou St. John, the formal gardens featured a lake complete with an island.

Before leaving for Europe, Luling sold the Louisiana Jockey Club his magnificent mansion. After the Jockey Club left the property in 1905, it was divided into separate apartments.

The upper class southerners of the Jockey Club can no longer spend the evenings dancing on the manicured lawns and balconies of the Luling Mansion, which is slowly collapsing behind closed doors.

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Charity Hospital

May 10, 1736 saw the founding of Charity Hospital, made possible by a donation from Jean Louis, a French shipbuilder and sailor who passed away in New Orleans.

Louisiana's Ghostly Past: 5 Abandoned Places Waiting to Be Explored

In his last will and testament, he stipulated that the colony of New Orleans’s impoverished residents would receive medical care from his estate. Charity Hospital was formerly known as the Hospital of Saint John.

Charity Hospital was one of several public hospitals in the state operated by the Louisiana State University System during Hurricane Katrina.

University Hospital closed in 2015 and was then renamed Interim LSU Hospital. The interior of the building still has significant storm damage, particularly in the lowest levels that completely flooded in 2005.

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Market Street Power Plant

Built in 1905 and owned by New Orleans Public Service, Inc., the facility ceased to generate power in 1973. The power plant was constructed by the New Orleans Railway and Light Company, and it started supplying the city of New Orleans with energy in 1905.

A local newspaper described it as “the largest power producing facility in the South.” The enormous brick building is more than 160,000 square feet in size and features two smokestacks along with a crumbling industrial façade.

Developer Joe Jaeger purchased the property in September 2015 as part of a foreclosure after the planned development of a residential, retail, and entertainment hub was never completed.

To Conclude

Louisiana’s deserted sites, which range from abandoned schools to neglected mansions, provide a window into the state’s colorful past.

Thus, gather your spirit of adventure with a flashlight, and investigate these creepy relics from a bygone era. Just be careful—these forgotten locations tell tales that should only be heard with reverence.