Foster Park Suspension Bridge #5

The narrow walkway on old suspension bridge at Fort Wayne Foster Park, framed by one of the latticed steel towers that hold up the bridge cables. Snow with footprints covers the bridge deck and ice covers the frozen river below.
The old suspension bridge over the Saint Mary’s River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is a view from halfway up the stairs that lead from the bridge up to the sidewalk along Bluffton Road. The street level is about the same elevation as the top of the bridge’s latticed steel towers! I am looking east, back toward the park.

Here is the last of the photographs that I made of the 95 year old suspension bridge over the Saint Mary’s River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The graffiti on the towers has been there forever. I remembered seeing “Chris” written at the top of this tower the last time I visited the bridge, 15 years before I made this photograph. I am not the Chris whose name adorns the tower, whose top is 20 feet above the bridge deck. I’d end up killing myself if I tried to climb up there!

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Foster Park Suspension Bridge #4

An old concrete stairway leading up a steep embankment on the Saint Marys River in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This is the stairway up the steep embankment at the west end of the old suspension bridge over the Saint Mary’s River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the top of the stairs is the sidewalk along Bluffton Road. Crossing the bridge from here takes you back into the park.

Here is the fourth photograph that I made on January 21 at the 95 year old suspension bridge at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Foster Park Suspension Bridge #3

The western end of the suspension bridge over the Saint Marys River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The tower and the steep stairs that lead up to the sidewalk above are visible.
A view from the middle of the old suspension footbridge over the Saint Mary’s River in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The park, one of the biggest in Fort Wayne, occupies a large curve in the river on the city’s south side. I was looking west, away from the park and toward the Bluffton Road side of the bridge.

Here is the third of the five photographs that I made of the 95 year old suspension bridge at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Powered by Bitch

A Chevrolet HHR with a decal that says POWERED BY BITCH covering the rear window.
I found this car in the parking lot of the Kroger store in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne. I am continually amazed at the number of people in our society who take pride in having nasty personalities.

Here’s another I have just scanned from my huge backlog of film. I photographed this car back in September, 2014.

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Foster Park Suspension Bridge #2

The suspension bridge over the Saint Marys River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Photographed from the middle of the narrow footbridge on a snowy January evening.
A view from the middle of the old suspension footbridge over the Saint Mary’s River in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The park, one of the biggest in Fort Wayne, occupies a large curve in the river on the city’s south side. I was looking west, away from the park and toward the Bluffton Road side of the bridge.

This is the second of the five photographs that I made last week of the 95 year old suspension bridge over the river in Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Foster Park Suspension Bridge #1

Graffiti that says SQUAD painted on the suspension bridge over the Saint Marys River at Foster Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This graffiti is on the Foster Park side of the old suspension footbridge over the Saint Mary’s River in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The park, one of the biggest in Fort Wayne, occupies a large curve in the river on the city’s south side. This bridge, built around 1920, is something of a hidden treasure. It is in a heavily wooded area of the park, far from the playgrounds, golf course, and flower gardens that bring most visitors to Foster Park. The only way to reach it from the park is to hike through the woods on a primitive dirt trail. The other end of the bridge is at the base of a steep set of stairs leading up to Bluffton Road. The part of the road that the bridge reaches is far from both the residential areas and shopping centers nearby. The bridge is about 20 feet lower than the road, and surrounded by tall trees, making it invisible from the road! A lot of people on the south side refer to the Foster Park suspension bridge as “The Swinging Bridge” because it bounces and sways if you jump up and down in the middle of the span.

Last week, I made several photographs of the historic Foster Park Suspension Bridge. Built around 1920, it is a long, narrow footbridge over the Saint Mary’s River in a remote wooded area of one of the largest parks in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This is the first of them, I have several more to post later.

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My Neighbor’s Race Car

A wrecked Chevrolet Lumina race car with front end collision damage sits behind a house on Arbor Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This race car, an old Chevrolet Lumina with a wrecked front end, sits behind a house on Arbor Avenue, next to the Sandpoint Road trailer park. The man who owns it used to drive it on northeast Indiana race tracks, including the now-closed Baer Field Speedway in Waynedale.

Northeast Indiana has a lot of amateur race car drivers who race at small speedways in many small towns. This one, which I photographed last week,  belongs to one of my neighbors in Fort Wayne.

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Lease 2 Own

A handmade sign that says Lease 2 Own is nailed to a tree in the front yard of a house on Tyrone Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This house is on Tyrone Road, just north of where I live, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The handmade sign nailed to the big tree in the front yard says, “Lease 2 Own. $1500 down, $752 a month.” The phone number is for a property management company in South Carolina that has houses for sale all over the United States. In Fort Wayne, Lease-To-Own house sales are usually a feature of impoverished neighborhoods. This neighborhood, where I grew up, has always been a mix of middle class and working class families. This isn’t a good sign for the future, but with few decent jobs left here, it is not surprising.

Here is another photograph I made in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon.

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Proud Union Home

A sign that says Proud Union Home in front of a house on Tyrone Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This house is on Tyrone Road, just north of where I live, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The woman who lives there told me that her husband, a factory worker, got the “Proud Union Home” sign at work.

I photographed this house in my neighborhood earlier this afternoon.

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