Abandoned Farmhouse on Airport Expressway #3

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.

An old General Electric television set sits on a stand next to the window in an abandoned farmhouse. The wall behind the TV is covered in floral wallpaper.

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A Song of Mother’s Love

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.

A framed sign in an abandoned farmhouse that says A Song Of Mothers Love, and has an illustration of a mother bird in her nest with her babies.

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Scott’s On Decatur Road

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.

The giant cornucopia sign on top of the closed Scotts supermarket on Decatur Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Sheep Farm #16

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.

A little old weathered wood toolshed sits covered in snow just outside the barnyard on an abandoned farm in rural Indiana.

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Sheep Farm #15

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.

An old farmhouse and a field veiled in a heavy winter fog in rural Allen County, Indiana.

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