Pizza King

I grew up on Fort Wayne’s southwest side, not too far from this Pizza King restaurant on Bluffton Road. As long as I can remember, this place has been open despite having almost no customers, ever. The parking lot is always deserted, with no more than one or two cars at a time parked there. They probably have a lot of delivery and carry-out business, but everyone I knew in the area used to joke about the place never having customers, and we always wondered how they stayed in business!

The parking lot is completely deserted at the Pizza King restaurant on Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Movie Magic Video Store

Movie Magic is a video store on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale, right behind the building that used to be home to the Harvest Time Worship Center. This store has been open for a long time, at least 25 years. My family rented movies there a few times when I was a kid. I liked the attempt to spruce up the shabby old building with the Christmas lights around the windows.

Christmas lights and a neon Open sign glow in the windows of the Movie Magic video rental store in a rundown old building on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Jesus Is Lord Not A Swear Word

Driving through Amarillo, Texas on my way to New Mexico, I saw a huge billboard that said; “Jesus Christ is Lord, Not a Swear Word.” I Thought it was just one of the many religious billboards you see along the highways in Texas, until I got close enough to see that it was actually the name of a truck stop! I didn’t get to stop, because it was late at night, but I made sure to stop there on the way home.

Billboard on Interstate 40 for the Jesus Christ is Lord Travel Center truck stop in Amarillo, Texas.

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Little House on Elizabeth Street

I had wanted to photograph this little house on Elizabeth Street, behind Science Central in Fort Wayne, for a long time. I finally found myself nearby on a day with good weather a few days after returning home from my trip to New Mexico. There is not one, but two American flags in the window! The smaller is a sticker on the window in front of the larger one.

An old house with an American Flag and a beware of dogs sign in the window. The house is at 318 Elizabeth Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Abandoned Post office in Encino, New Mexico

This is the old post office in the tiny town of Encino, New Mexico. There is now a modern post office down the road from this abandoned adobe building, which also housed the Tom Montoya and Son grocery store. Both post offices are on US-285.

I had visited this town four years earlier, but did not get to do much photography because of bad weather. I didn’t make it back there before I had to move back to Indiana. I took advantage of my time in New Mexico when I drove out there in August, 2011 to go back to Encino. It is a tiny, nearly abandoned town, with many interesting places.

Abandoned post office on US-285 in the ghost town of Encino, New Mexico.

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Redmons Candy Factory

All along I-44 in Missouri, there are billboards for Redmons, all featuring the exuberant little boy you see on the sign and roof. I had seen the place many times over the years, but never stopped. I finally decided to stop and check them out on my way back home after my trip to New Mexico in 2011. I bought a pound of peanut butter fudge, which turned out to be INCREDIBLE! They also sell saltwater taffy and chocolates, all made in the store near Phillipsburg, Missouri.

A giant American flag flies over Redmons Candy Factory and Phillips 66 gas station on Interstate 44 in Missouri.

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San Jon Motel

The San Jon Motel on old Route 66 still operates in the tiny town of San Jon, New Mexico. The owner came out to talk to me while I worked, and gave me a hand-painted ceramic ashtray with the motel’s name on it as a souvenir. It began to rain right after I made this photograph. It rained a lot in New Mexico while I was there, despite the drought that has plagued the southwest this summer.

The yellow brick office of the San Jon Motel on Route 66 in San Jon, New Mexico. Metal motel chairs sit in front of the window and a sign near the door advertises Sensible Rates.

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Los Peña’s Grocery

Los Peña’s is an abandoned grocery store on US-285 in the little town of Encino, New Mexico. It is across the street from the abandoned post office. Like the neighboring building, the adobe Los Peña’s building is for sale!

I also photographed some interesting graffiti on the side of Los Peña’s.

I had visited this town four years earlier, but did not get to do much photography because of bad weather. I didn’t make it back there before I had to move back to Indiana. I took advantage of my time in New Mexico when I drove out there in August, 2011 to go back to Encino. It is a tiny, nearly abandoned town, with many interesting places.

The abandoned Los Peña's Grocery and Bar in an old adobe building on US-285 in the ghost town of Encino, New Mexico.

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