GONE: Six Flags New Orleans

Everyone likes photos of abandoned amusement parks. Maybe not so much abandoned hospitals, churches, factories and such, but show someone a photo of a dilapidated roller-coaster or a giant plaster clown head hanging upside down in a defunct shooting range, and they’re all, “whaaaaaa?” and then totally bug out. That’s because almost everyone has experienced an amusement park, either in real life or on TV, anywhere from a county fair to Disneyland. Whether recalling the befuddlement of Space Mountain or barfing up a plateful of piggy wiggly fries, we’ve all got some kind of memory associated with amusement parks, and to see them abandoned and in ruins is an existential punch in the heart.

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