Hicksville Grain

An American flag flies from the top of a huge concrete silo at Hicksville Grain in the small town of Hicksville, Ohio.
The American flag flies from the top of a silo at Hicksville Grain in Hicksville, Ohio.

Most small towns in the midwestern United States have at least one grain elevator, since most are surrounded by farmland. Corn and soybeans are the most common crops in Indiana and Ohio, but there is some wheat grown as well.

These are two of the tall concrete silos at Hicksville Grain in the small town of Hicksville in antwerp county, Ohio. Hicksville is just inside Ohio, only a couple miles from the Indiana-Ohio state line.

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OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America

Anti-Obama messages painted on the broken windows of a closed business in the small town of Hicksville, Ohio. One Big Ass Mistake America. Cut Taxes and Spending. Support Arizona. Impeach him. Get a Handgun Permit.
Anti-Obama rants painted on the broken windows of an abandoned business in Hicksville, Ohio.

I found this closed business, with its broken windows covered in Anti-Obama slogans, in the small town of Hicksville, Ohio. It is on the south side of High Street (State Route 49 and State Route 2), across from Hicksville Grain.

The biggest of the slogans, “One Big Ass Mistake America,” is a common one, often seen on bumper stickers. The initials spell “O.B.A.M.A.” The window also has a bumper sticker on it that says, “Obama: Impeach Him.”

One of the messages on the window is hard to read because of the broken part of the window obscuring part of it, but it appears to say “Get a handgun permit.”

The “Support Arizona” line refers to the efforts of some elected officials in Arizona’s state government to ‘prove’ that President Obama was not really born in the United States.

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Old Building in Yorktown

Three story brick commercial building with a vacant storefront on the main highway in the small town of Yorktown, Indiana.
Three story brick storefront building in Yorktown, Indiana.

This building is on Smith Street (State Road 32), the main road through the small town of Yorktown, Indiana.

Multistory brick commercial buildings with storefronts on the first floor are a common sight on “Main Street” in Indiana’s small towns. Many of them are in poor condition, but this one appears to have been renovated recently.

Yorktown is just west of Muncie, in Delaware County.

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Gas City Victory Lanes

A painted metal American flag and wooden bald eagle on the front of Victory Lanes bowling alley in the small town of Gas City, Indiana.
Victory Lanes bowling alley in Gas City, Indiana.

This is on the front of Gas City Victory Lanes, a bowling alley on Main Street in the small town of Gas City, Indiana. The flag is painted metal, and the bald eagle is handpainted wood. This kind of folk art is common in Indiana.

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Bill’s House #1

An old tire swing hanging from a tree in front of a small house on Huron Street in a working class neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A large American flag covers the side of the front porch.
Tire swing in front of Bill’s House

This house is on Huron Street, in the working class West Main Street area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I stopped to photograph it because of the large American flag that covers the side of the house’s front porch.

The owner, an old man with a big beard, was sleeping in a chair on the porch when I arrived. I had a hard time waking him to ask permission to photograph as he was a very sound sleeper, despite having loud rock music playing!

When he woke, he invited me to sit and talk, and told me that his name was Bill. The flag belonged to his father, a World War II veteran.

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Yellow Chairs on Winchester Road #2

Two yellow metal shellback chairs and a matching table sit under a hanging light on the front porch of a 19th Century brick farmhouse on Winchester Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Yellow shellback chairs on the porch of an old brick house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This large, beautiful, whitewashed brick house was built in the 19th Century on the west side of Winchester Road, north of Airport Expressway, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The yellow motel chairs and their matching table are modern versions, but they look like they’ve always been there.

I went back to this house three times over a week trying to get the light I wanted. This photograph was made on my third visit.

I later found out that this house had once belonged to one of my grandfather Charles Crawford’s oldest friends. That was when my father was a child, in the 1950s.

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Dentist’s Office in Harlan, Indiana

A small American flag in a display case mounted next to the entrance to the office of Thomas Bunner, a family dentist in the small town of Harlan, Indiana.
Entrance to the office of Thomas Bunner, a dentist in the small town of Harlan, Indiana.

This the back door of the offices of Doctor Thomas Bunner, a dentist in the small town of Harlan, Indiana. It is on State Road 37, just east of Antwerp Road. I thought it interesting that Dr. Bunner’s American flag is in a display case on the side of the building, rather than hanging in the window or from a flagpole.

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Expired!

Two expired parking meters mounted on the tombstone of Archie Arnold at the Scipio Cemetery on State Road 37 in Allen County, Indiana.
Archie Arnold’s headstone at Scipio Cemetery in rural northeast Allen County, Indiana. He has two parking meters with the EXPIRED flags visible mounted to his grave.

A pair of expired parking meters adorn Archie Arnold’s tombstone at the Scipio Cemetery in rural Allen County’s Scipio Township.

Mr. Arnold, who was born in 1920, and died in 1982, certainly had a sense of humor! He was dying from liver disease when he damaged two parking meters in a traffic accident. After paying to replace them, he asked to keep the damaged ones, which he repainted and kept for his grave.

He wrote them into his will, requiring his family to mount the expired parking meters on his headstone! The back of the tombstone, shown in my photograph, has a quote engraved upon it:

“Fear the Lord and tell the people what you want.”

Expired parking meter
Closeup crop of one of the expired parking meters on Archie Arnold’s grave.

You can read more about Archie Arnold on Find a Grave.

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Willshire Home Furnishings #2

Willshire Home Furnishings, a furniture store in the small town of Willshire, Ohio decorated for Memorial day with American flags and a sign honoring veterans.
Small Town Furniture Store Honoring Our Veterans on Memorial Day.

Wilshire Home Furnishings has a banner over the door advertising a Memorial Day Celebration. The store is on State Street (US-33 and State Route 49) in the small town of Willshire, Ohio. It shares this yellow brick building with the town’s American Legion post.

The readerboard sign on the right side of the photograph says: “Honoring Our Veterans. Thank You For Your Service.”

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Allen County Coliseum Expo Center

An American flag hangs on the wall above the empty stands in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
American flag and temporary seating in Allen County Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The day before my son’s high school graduation, I had to take him to the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne for the graduation practice. All of the high schools in Fort Wayne Community Schools have their graduation ceremonies at the Coliseum.

Instead of having the ceremony in the Coliseum’s main arena, South Side High School used part of the Expo Center, the huge convention hall attached to the Coliseum. Temporary stands with blue plastic stadium seats were set up around the sides of the room for the graduates’ families to watch.

The stands are empty in this photograph because few parents were there for the practice ceremony; many of the kids drove themselves.

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