Abandoned Shangri-La

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A double-feature today: Two shots of an old church or school (or both) near the shores of Lake Ouachita in the Tompkin’s Bend / Shangri-La area. You may remember that Shangri-La was a fictitious place in the novel Lost Horizon – which I read as a kid, and was later delighted to learn there was a place on Lake Ouachita with the same name.

In the story, time did not seem to pass as quickly in Shangri-La as it did in the “outside world” … but since this is actually down the road from there, I guess the magic doesn’t reach that far.

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2 thoughts on “Abandoned Shangri-La”

  1. Jennifer Baxter

    The church by Shangri la is now fallen. I have new pics of it if you’d like them. Also, I’m a history fanatic. I’m wondering if you know when the church was built and what kind of church it was.

    1. Mark Post Author

      Thanks for the info – it was about half fallen-in when I took those photos years ago. I spent some time trying to find out more about it, but I’m afraid it isn’t noted as a church or school on any of my maps of this area and so far I haven’t found any other reference to it. I’ll keep looking though because I’m curious myself.

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