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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Baton Rouge | Government Street

It’s been a bit of a crazy week here as I’ve had work-related after-hours events to attend the last couple nights. Tuesday night I sat in my office and watched Hulu for two hours before my event. Although it was good to catch up on Archer, I realized I could have been out taking some pictures for my faithful readers… so last evening I took the opportunity. In hindsight, being outdoors taking pictures in the late afternoon in South Louisiana, while wearing a suit, was not the best idea before a social event. But these are the sacrifices I make for you.

My subject yesterday was one of my favorite parts of Baton Rouge – Government Street in mid-city. Government Street certainly has it’s highs and lows, but I kind of love the mix of mid-century architecture, nice restaurants and unique boutiques, along with some splashes of urban decay and kitsch. Admittedly, these will focus more on the decay part, because as my wife says, “all [I] like to take pictures of is run-down buildings.”

Hope you enjoy these pictures, I feel like my skills are getting slightly better. The first two are from the western edge of mid-city, nearly downtown. The rest bounce around a bit east-to-west as I saw subjects and darted in and out of parking lots.

around the clock bail bonds

big baby's & queen one stop


I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition.

bibles, hot n' ready

lobianco's grocery and beer

I had read about Ninja Snowballs, so when I saw the truck I had to stop and take a picture. (It was hard to miss - the truck is a brilliant, shiny red as you can see.)  I’m not sure which Ninja this was, but he graciously posed for the snapshot as he was packing up. He asked if I was from the newspaper. “No, just a little blog,” I replied.

ninja snowballs


school of beauty


vacant storefront, graffiti

Here are several from the grand old dame of Government Street, Baton Rouge Magnet High School.



benches at br high

baton rouge magnet high school

baton rouge high

baton rouge high window

baton rouge high air conditioning

This was actually on North Boulevard, but I couldn’t resist.
are you the father?

mid-city, mid-century

concrete ornamentation

As always, larger, higher-resolution versions of everything can be found on my Flickr. Just click a photo to be taken there, then click "All Sizes." One last one for the road…

southern camera service

Friday, April 16, 2010

Chemicals and Catholics: River Road, Hahnville to Welcome

Today I was reminded of the old phrase, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” After being stood up for the second time by the same business owner outside New Orleans, I decided to turn anger into creative energy, and took the proverbial long way home. My supposed appointment was in St. Rose, so I took the bridge over the Mississippi and took River Road home.

Lots of interesting sights along the way, from rural decay to lovely plantation homes. Let's go.

Luling Bridge, where I crossed the river.

luling bridge

First large house I saw – I missed the name of it.

red tin roof

Neat little grocery store, apparently closed, in Hahnville.

nice looking (closed) grocery store

smith's grocery

enjoy coca-cola

Further down the road...

lil' bee's

The pictures don't really do this justice – this little cemetery is completely surrounded by a Dow Chemical plant. I bet that wasn't in the cemetery brochure.

holy rosary cemetery

headstones, smokestacks

probably wasn't in the cemetery brochure

tranquil, sort of

After passing a nuclear power plant (decided it wasn't a good idea to stop and take pictures)...

oak tree, plumbing


out of business

When it was in business, it appears that the Edgard Center had everything you needed...

edgard center - your one-stop shop

everything you need under one roof

Across the street was Duck's Ice.

duck's ice

lonely, rubble

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and cemetery, which dates to the 18th century, apparently.

st. john the baptist church

st. john the baptist cemetery

st. john the baptist cemetery

These two storefronts are neighbors and looked nice.


e.j. caire & co.

Further down the road...

school bus, field

retired school bus

Evergreen Plantation.

evergreen plantation

oak alley near evergreen plantation

The Veterans Memorial Bridge in the distance.


near st. joseph plantation

The incomparable Oak Alley Plantation.

oak alley plantation

Getting toward the end...

st. paul baptist church

This is marked as the “site of the first Acadian settlers.” As you probably know, the term “cajun” comes from the word “Acadian.”

site of first acadian settlers

And our tour today ironically ends in the town of Welcome, Louisiana.

welcome, la