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Here are a few Louisiana filming locations from HBO's True Detective.


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A deteriorating Civil War fortress in Louisiana called Fort Macomb was turned into the Yellow King's Carcosa for the season one finale of HBO's True Detective.

During the war the site guarded the Chef Menteur Pass, a water route connecting the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Pontchartrain. It was decommissioned in 1871 and is currently closed to the public.

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bonnet carre spillway

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The burned-downed church in True Detective was constructed for the show near the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The flats surrounding the levee were not easy to reach. As the True Detective production designer recalls in an interview with vulture:

“You had to get to it by driving down a service road over a levee, down a mud road, and then we even had to drop down gravel to make it reachable. There was a lot of, Is this worth it?”

The result was the toxic verdant green of a watershed swamp, pocketed with light reflecting off the refineries and industrial-sized construction.

Constructed in 1931 (and about 12 miles west of New Orleans), the Bonnet Carre Spillway allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and out into the Gulf of Mexico.

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light of the way academy

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While investigating old cases similar to Dora Lange's Cohle comes across the Light of the Way Academy, a school that was part of Rev. Tuttle's Wellspring Program.

These scenes were filmed at an old high school and junior high in Kenner that's been closed since 1996. The building dates back to the 1920s and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

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the stash house

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Rust Cohle (as his alter ego Crash) infiltrates the Iron Crusaders and they attempt to rob a stash house in the Westwego housing projects in episode four of HBO's True Detective

When the robbery goes south Cohle drags Ginger through the house facing Lake St. and then the tracking shot follows them as they scale a fence between Texas St. and Emile Ave. before Hart picks them up.

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