Reputed to be haunted by a ghost that enjoys moving things around, from pool balls to glassware. Some staff members claim they’ve been touched or grabbed. The building was a temporary morgue during a disaster in the 20’s and some believe some of those whose bodies rested there, stayed there.
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- 1109 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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- 30.43755574479801, -91.18582007301637
- East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
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My late husband, David Crawford, and I renovated the building into its current configuration as the Spanish Moon and named it after the Little Feat song of the same name. While we owned and managed the bar, there were numerous sightings of a slender young man dressed in high-waisted 1950s khakis, a sleeveless undershirt and dark,wavy hair. I have had a full view of him twice myself, once in the kitchen and once in a corner of the bar, behind the sound board. He has most often been spotted in the mirror of the downstairs ladies’ room, peeking over the shoulders of young women combing their hair or touching up their makeup, but he has also been spotted leaning over the upstairs railing to peer onto the dance floor, and has been seen peeking out from behind various posts in the building, and in the kitchen. He is fond of throwing ashtrays and glassware, and turning on beer taps (which we have had checked for line-pressure problems, no logical or mechanical explanation, also, various beer taps, both upstairs and down, turn on by themselves — it is difficult to explain the variety of taps as a line pressure problem, and the bartenders are careful to fully return the taps to the proper position). When my husband became ill we sold the bar and the current management reports continued sightings of the young man. In previous incarnations the downstairs was used as a bar (The Art Bar and earlier, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Cypress Hollow). Many of patrons and bartenders of those eras reported sightings of the same young man. The upstairs was used as a general storage area prior to our renovation in 1996. Before its life as a series of taverns, it was a thrift store for a while and the upstairs served as a “flophouse,” as homeless shelters were called long ago. Prior to that, it served as a warehouse, and during the Spanish Flu epidemic and a Yellow Fever epidemic it served as a temporary morgue. It was built in the 1880s as a firehouse. My husband and I researched the property’s history extensively. A smaller building, which shares a wall with Spanish Moon, had the honor of being the first African-American owned business in Baton Rouge. It is now a private art studio.
Interesting with all the background info, thanks!
In the late 90’s we were allowed to use the upstairs section to throw a birthday party. Me and a couple of friends went over early to decorate the upstairs with balloons and such. We hung balloons along the wall from the office door over to the balcony view. While we continued to set up for the party…the balloons started popping along the wall…not all at once, but one after another….it was the weirdest thing we’d ever seen. At the time we weren’t aware of the stories of haunting…but when we remarked to the staff how weird that was, we got “oh yeah, the bar is haunted”…..I’m a believer!!!