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The Mamie S. Barrett, Abandoned Towboat (Vidalia, Louisiana) 

ADDRESS: 163-, 253 S Prong Rd, Vidalia, LA 71373

COORDINATES: 31.404967, -91.581438

The Mamie S. Barrett was a towboat built in 1921 by the Howard Shipyard of Jeffersonville, IN, for the Barrett Line (Oscar F. Barrett) of Cincinnati. The boat is 146 feet long and 30 feet wide.

The boat was sold to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in October 1923 and sent to Florence, AL. It appeared in the Rock Island District inventory in 1926 and was renamed “Penniman” in 1935. The boat retired from the U.S. Army in 1947 and was sold to the Vollmer Brothers Construction Co., and sold again in 1949 to Spencer Merrills. Merrills converted the boat into a clubhouse and restaurant called “Piasa”. In 1981 the boat was sold to Dick and Kathy Oberle who moved it to Eddyville, KY. The boat was given back her original name, underwent an extensive restoration and served as a restaurant at the marina on the Cumberland River. In 1987 the boat was purchased by John and Mary Houseman and was brought to Vicksburg. Around 1990 the boat was purchased as casino boat but never used. 

After about 1993, the boat was subject to a flood and was later moved to Vidalia, Louisiana. Many people have offered to purchase the boat, however, none came through. 

Lost - 2015

Millbrook Correctional Centre once sat atop a hill with a sprawling 106 acre property in the small town of Millbrook, Ontario.  The maximum security prison opened in 1957 and was designed to house 268 inmates, by the time it closed in 2003 the facility had the capacity to hold 490 prisoners.  The prison was replaced by the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsey, Ontario, a super jail which could house up to 1200 inmates.

The prison lay vacant and and mostly unused for more than a decade, except for the occasional military training exercises.  This site was notoriously difficult to access due to the fact that it was surrounded by a 20 foot high brick wall with very few windows and doors that were always sealed.  I did however manage to visit this location on several occasions over the years, during the short periods of time it was accessible.  This photo taken inside the prison’s chapel was from one of my final visits as the facility was undergoing demolition.

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The pyramid crypt

This strange place was one of the strangest Lost places I’ve ever been to. My father showed it to me. He happened to pass by here a few years ago while walking. 

Unfortunately, I could not figure out who had this strange memorial built. The tombs and coffins inside are empty and there are no inscriptions. The building is weathered and it seems as if no one had been here for a long time. 

Nearby is a medieval castle. But why should anyone who lived in this castle built a pyramid. A funny feeling in the middle of the cold, dark, german forests to find a pyramid.