Revisiting Ghosts along the Mississippi


In the late 1980’s a friend gave me a copy of the book ‘Ghosts along the Mississippi’ by Clarence John Laughlin.  In the late 1930’s Laughlin was hired by the US Engineer Corps to photograph the houses along the Mississippi River as part of pending revisions to the levee.  38 of these houses were featured in ‘Ghosts along the Mississippi.  I went down to Louisiana to see what remained of them 50 years on.  The photographs here are ‘then’ (largely Laughlin photos supplied by the Louisiana State Archive which are free of copyright- having not been published in ‘Ghosts’) and ‘now’… that is c. 1990, by me.  A fuller description of the project and the fate of each of the houses will be available as a downloadable pdf.

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