- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - A cast-iron tub - one of the few original artifacts in the century-old jail known as the “hanging jail” - has gone missing, says the head of the Beauregard Parish tourism commission.

Director Lori Darbonne said Thursday that she realized it was gone late last week, but doesn’t know how when it disappeared. That uncertainty and the possibility that it might have been thrown away by someone who didn’t realize its importance are among reasons she hasn’t asked police to investigate, she said.

The gothic-style jail is being renovated as a tourist attraction. The tub was in the jailer’s first-floor living quarters.

The jail’s other original artifacts include the lanterns on the front, the door and window bars, the dumbwaiter, and lavatory sinks, Darbonne said.

She said a public appeal did not bring its return, but did bring an offer to donate a tub from the same era.



A Lake Charles resident resident has a tub from the Fremont Hotel in Los Angeles. That hotel opened in 1902, closed in the 1940s and was demolished in 1955.

“We will be picking that up in the next couple of weeks,” she said.

She said it may be a few months before the jail is ready for tours.

It was completed in 1915 and was the location of a double execution in 1928, according to the Beauregard Tourist Commission’s website. “The jail and courthouse are connected by a tunnel used to transport prisoners out of public view,” the website notes.

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