Editor’s note: This post comes from 2-time guest poster Barry Cantin and it goes out to all my Baton rouge homies.
Ever been hanging out in Baton Rouge and by the Cane’s on Highland and State? If you head down State a bit further there is this culvert canal thing that looks like this:
Unlike some of the canals in New Orleans, this one isn’t a straight shot for miles – it twists and
turns at random… an indication that this was originally a bayou. It is
paved over, like the Los Angeles River (think the Terminator 2 motorcycle chase scene
and the race scene in Grease). I never gave it much thought when I lived up there in BR.
Fast forward to now. The Internet gave me instant access to
information about this thing – it is now called “Corporation Canal,”
but was ORIGINALLY Bayou Duplantier. Old maps from the 1800s show it,
and I believe they re-routed it in the 1920s when they dug the University
and City Park lakes adjacent to the LSU campus. Anyway, it goes on
for MILES. I was able to track its course with Google Earth/Google
Maps, and followed it all the way from the LSU area to downtown BR,
but noticed that it just DISAPPEARED at some point downtown.
Strangely enough, it seemed to disappear underneath someone’s HOUSE.
Editor’s note: Some dude’s house:
I used Street View to confirm this and there is actually a house
built OVER the canal – it’s not a recent house, either, but it’s
definitely suspended over the canal, and somewhere underneath that,
the canal disappears.
I saw this for myself last week when I was up there; I was able
to find the spot where the old Bayou re-emerged. This is actually an
old man-made TUNNEL – a brick-lined tunnel of some sort, built in the
The tunnel appears to be under the trendy Beauregard Town neighborhood. There’s a bunch of old maps I found on the web, but I can’t really decipher them without taking a closer look.
I was able to find an interesting article on this written
Apparently, it IS possible to explore this tunnel. BR, I’m talking to you.
Editor’s note: And if you’re in the downtown Baton Rouge area, check out this freaking quarter-pipe wall in front of Chase Towers. They’re always chasing kids with skateboards and bikes away from it, but why would they design something like this if they didn’t want to invite people to use it as a ramp?