Immigrant Gas Station

I’d seen this window at a Marathon gas station on Fairfield Avenue on Fort Wayne’s south side many times before I stopped there a few months ago to buy gas for the first time. I was surprised to see that it was run by immigrants from Asia!

I’ve talked to many immigrants over the years and many of these people who have chosen our country as their home are more genuinely appreciative of our free society than many American-born citizens are. A lot of businesses hang the American flag in the window, and I think a lot of them do so to exploit patriotism for profit. I don’t think that is the case here.

Several American flags hang in the window of a Marathon gas station owned by Asian immigrants on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Linda Lou’s Furniture

Linda Lou’s Furniture occupies two storefronts on Wells Street. This one on the corner used to be one of the tough biker bars that once lined Wells. Linda Lou’s opened up the wall between the former bar and their larger store next door to expand the used furniture store. The street lamp in front of the store is decorated for Christmas with a holiday wreath, as are the rest of the lights on the section of Wells Street between the bridge and West State Boulevard.

The front of a former tavern that is now Linda Lou's Furniture in an old brick building on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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PhD Wireless on Wells Street

Cellphone shops like PhD Wireless on Wells Street have sprung up all over Fort Wayne, selling phones and services from companies that mainly market to poorer urban customers. There is a similar store on Broadway that is called Dr. Wireless. Someone with a PhD is addressed as “Doctor.” I wonder if the stores are owned by the same people?

I photographed PhD Wireless at dusk, just before the sun set. They’re located in the same building as Bloodmoney Tattoo.

PhD Wireless cellphone shop on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Old House on Wells Street

This old house on Wells Street looks like it used to have a store in the front. A lot of the storefronts on Wells, like Koch Hydroponics and Living Faith Ministries, are additions to the fronts of old houses. The little sign in the front window of this house says Colts Country. The Indianapolis Colts became very popular in Fort Wayne after they won the Super Bowl a few years ago. Before that, no one here seemed to know that they existed!

An old house with a boarded up storefront on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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The Pantry Bar on Wells Street

The Pantry is the last of the rough redneck bars and biker bars that once lined Wells Street. I have a friend who lived on Fourth Street, the road that runs alongside The Pantry, around the time that I made this photograph. From her house, you could often hear people down at the bar screaming and cussing at each other, and starting fights!

The Pantry tavern on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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