Pure Sealed Dairy #5

The name of the company is spelled out on both sides of the roof of the big barn at the abandoned Pure Sealed Dairy on Bass Road, just outside Fort Wayne, Indiana. I made this photograph in November, 2008.

The name of the Pure Sealed Dairy spelled out on the roof of the big barn at the abandoned milk production facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Pure Sealed Dairy #4

This satellite TV dish was surprisingly unscathed from the fire that destroyed this house in front of the abandoned Pure Sealed Dairy on Bass Road, just outside Fort Wayne, Indiana. The remains of the house were demolished soon after I made this photograph, but the dairy’s big barn and other buildings still stood when I drove by them in the summer of 2012. I made this photograph at the end of 2008.

A satellite TV dish still hangs from a charred wall in the pile of ashes from a farmhouse that burned down in front of the abandoned Pure Sealed Dairy in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Abandoned Farm On Thiele Road #2

This old Oliver model 1855 farm tractor sits behind an abandoned farmhouse on Thiele Road, south of Winters Road, in rural Allen County, Indiana. These tractors were made between 1969 and 1975. I photographed it Monday evening.

An old Oliver 1855 farm tractor surrounded by overgrown weeds behind an abandoned farmhouse on Thiele Road in Allen County, Indiana.

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Pure Sealed Dairy #3

The Pure Sealed Dairy sits abandoned on Bass Road, just outside Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is a door in the big cinderblock building that sits next to the barn. This building looks more industrial than the other buildings, and was probably used for storing and shipping milk since there was a loading dock on the other side of the building. I made this photograph in November, 2008.

A door in a cinderblock building at the abandoned Pure Sealed Dairy on Bass Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Edgerton Grain Co-Op

A small switching locomotive sits on the railroad siding next to the grain elevator in Edgerton, Indiana. Edgerton is a very small town on the very edge of Indiana. The Ohio state line runs along the town’s eastern edge. I made this photograph in October, 2008.

A diesel switching locomotive sits on a railroad siding next to the grain co-op silos and grain elevator in Edgerton, Indiana.

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Happy Thanksgiving, and a new Sheep Farm photo

Someone has overturned the old two-seat outhouse that stood behind the house at the abandoned sheep farm on Pleasant Center Road, east of Bluffton Road, on the southern edge of Allen County, Indiana.

I visited the abandoned farm a few months earlier, and the outhouse’s weathered wood exterior had been repainted, as have most of the other buildings on the property. I wonder why it was torn off the foundation like this? It was in very good condition! You can still see the old wooden seats and lids over the two holes!

When I first photographed this place eight years earlier, there was an old man living here who raised sheep in a fenced barnyard on the other side of the property.

An two-seater outhouse that has been overturned, revealing the two seats that stick up from the concrete floor. An old toilet sits in front of one of the otuhouse holes.

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Sheep Farm #22

Although no one lives here, someone has been repainting the farmhouse and barns at the abandoned sheep farm on Pleasant Center Road, east of Bluffton Road, on the southern edge of Allen County, Indiana.

This patriotic red, white, and blue bunting on the porch rail was probably put up because of the election, which was a couple weeks before I made this photograph. There were signs supporting Republican congressman Mike Pence’s campaign for governor of Indiana along the road in the front yard.

When I first photographed this place eight years earlier, there was an old man living here who raised sheep in a fenced barnyard on the other side of the property.

Plastic patio chairs and patriotic bunting on the front porch of an abandoned farmhouse on Pleasant Center Road in Allen County, Indiana.

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Frog Rock #3

For decades, this frog-shaped rock sat along Sandpoint Road behind the Hanson Limestone Quarry on the southwestern edge of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As long as anyone can remember, it has been painted like a green frog, with a white or yellow belly, and eyes. Nobody remembers who originally painted the frog, but over the years, it was often repainted when the old paint would begin to look shabby.

The secluded spot where the Frog sat was a popular place for teens to park and make out in their cars, even when my parents were young, as it was just down the street from the now-closed Elmhurst High School.

After the quarry bought all of the land on both sides of Sandpoint Road, the county allowed them to close the road, making the famous rock inaccessible to the public. After many local residents complained to the quarry’s management, they moved the Frog to a spot next to the main entrance on Ardmore Avenue in the summer of 2012.

I photographed it a few weeks before I made this photograph, and in the earlier one the frog’s paint was almost all worn off. It was repainted soon after, as you can see here. I made this one at sunset yesterday evening.

A gigantic piece of limestone painted green with a yellow belly like a frog sits at the main entrance to the Hanson limestone quarry on Ardmore Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Brindle Homestead #9

This slide and swing set straddles the wrought iron fence around the house at the abandoned Brindle Homestead farm on Brindle Road, west of Coverdale Road, in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana. There were a lot of toys scattered around the yard, including a bunch of bicycles and a Little Tykes play house.

A playground slide and swing set stand beside an old wrought iron fence in front of a fallen tree on an abandoned farm in rural Indiana.

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