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Pontchartrain Beach in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Pontchartrain Beach was an amusement park located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain across the street from what today is the University of New Orleans. I’m finishing up my senior year at UNO and since I lived on campus for three years I did a lot of exploring. This building is all that remains of that amusement park. It is an old roller coaster platform and it housed the most famous ride at the park, The Zephyr. My mother and father both went to UNO and they remember the glory days of the amusement park and have fond memories of the coaster. Sadly, it was long closed when I began college in 2006. This fantastic relic is covered in graffiti, vines and other vegetation and is filled with trash. I have found an old suitcase, video cassette tapes, clothes, shoes, drug paraphernalia, bottles and a number of other objects that suggest regular human inhabitance. Though it is behind a fence marked “No Trespassing” the fence is damaged (most likely because of Hurricane Katrina) and people often visit this side of the lake to fish and take pictures. My friends and I like to climb up there at night and tell ghost stories. I took the above picture for a photography project. You can see a few other versions of the same photo on my Flickr.
Submission by blarsen.