As I mentioned last week, I had to go to Louisiana (also known as the land that time forgot...) for a funeral. Being unemployed and generally bored, I decided to make the best out of a bad situation and do some 'splorin'. My initial target was an insane asylum in which both of my grandmothers worked (one was an accountant the other a nurse). Unfortunately, it was a complete no go. Armed guards, cameras, locked doors and boarded windows were all barriers to what would have been an incredible exploration. I did however find out some very useful information that may allow me to get in at a later date. To make this even more exciting, to the knowledge of the staff, nobody has photographed the interior of this place since it's closing and I couldnt find anything on the net.
So, with plan A down the tubes, I decided to go for plan B - an old elementary school in a small town in which my mother attended 1st grade. As luck would have it, I left my laptop at home and had no idea where this place was. I managed to get directions from a local who sent me to the wrong school. Not to be deterred, I do what I usually do and headed for the local law enforcement establishment. I explained to the officer that I was writing a book on abandoned places in the South and he became quite helpful, including giving me an escort to the place, some bottled water and he came by an hour later to check on me! Southern hospitality at it's best!
As far as the school goes it was one of those spots I love. With most of the roof caving in, nature is doing what it does best - kicking us in the balls. The school itself was fairly small with 14 classrooms, a common area, and 4 bathrooms (2 boys, 2 girls). The common area had been filled with old junk and the door to it locked.
Overall a fun and interesting visit. Enjoy!