I photographed this field at sunset, looking west from Ellison Road in southwest Allen County, Indiana. The field, just south of my grandpa’s house, often floods after heavy rains. The land was part of a huge swampland that was drained a century ago to make way for farming. I photographed it back in 1999.
This little building on Bluffton Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne has been home to a number of small businesses over the years. The embroidery shop that now occupies it recently hung a small American flag in the front window. I photographed it yesterday evening as the sun was setting.
This old General Electric television, which appears to have been made in the 1960s, was one of many things left behind in an abandoned farmhouse. The little picture on the wall above the TV shows hands held in prayer.
The house was at the corner of Airport Expressway and Coverdale Road, near Fort Wayne International Airport, in southwest Allen County, Indiana. This is the same place where I found the “Mother’s Love” sign from yesterday’s post.
I found this framed print, A Song of mother’s love, on the wall of one of the upstairs bedrooms in an abandoned farmhouse that stood at the corner of Airport Expressway and Coverdale Road, near Fort Wayne International Airport, in southwest Allen County, Indiana.
When I photographed the house the first time, in 2002, it was locked up, so I only photographed the outside. Years later, I went back and the doors were all open. The inside was full of interesting things. The house was demolished in 2011.
When this supermarket on Fort Wayne’s south side was opened in 1956, it was advertised as the largest grocery store in the country. Originally called Eavey’s, it was bought by the Fort Wayne based Scott’s Foods chain in the late 1960s. In 2007, Kroger bought out Scott’s, whose stores were located throughout northeast Indiana, including several Fort Wayne locations. Kroger closed the Decatur Road store, with its famous giant cornucopia sign, in January of 2009.
The store’s abrupt closing upset a lot of Fort Wayne residents, who feared that the well known landmark would be demolished. As of 2012, the empty store and its iconic sign still stand, but there are no plans for it to be used for anything new in the foreseeable future. The store opened in a prosperous middle class area that has become an impoverished, high crime neighborhood in the intervening decades.
I have photographed this beautiful little toolshed many times over the years. It is just outside the barnyard fence on the abandoned sheep farm on Pleasant Center Road, east of Bluffton Road, on the southern edge of Allen County, Indiana. When I first photographed this place eight years earlier, there was an old man living here, and his flock of sheep grazed in the fenced yard behind this building.
The sheep farmer’s house, seen across a field shrouded in fog on a cold winter day. When I first photographed this farm eight years earlier, there was an elderly man living here. He had a flock of sheep in the barnyard on the other side of the house. This house is on Pleasant Center Road, east of Bluffton Road, on the southern edge of Allen County, Indiana.
This old broken windmill stands in front of the barn, near the road, on an old farm on Pleasant Center Road. The old man who lived there when I first visited it eight years earlier was raising sheep inside the fenced barnyard. He got mad at me for walking up to the fence and scaring the sheep!
I spent a day at the beginning of 2009 photographing in the tiny town of Corunna, Indiana. There is a relatively new bridge in the middle of the town that carries State Road 327 over the railroad tracks. It was built with little concern for the small town’s history, passing right in front of old buildings like this abandoned bar.