1980 Camaro

A white 1980 Chevrolet Camaro sits in the snow in front of an old weatherbeaten barn on US-33 in rural Noble County, Indiana.

A 1980 Chevrolet Camaro rusting away in front of an old barn on US-33, just northwest of the small town of Merriam in rural Noble County, Indiana.

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Apartment House on Columbia Avenue

A single chair sits next to the door on the front porch of a large old house on Columbia Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Patriotic bunting hangs from the porch.

This large old house is on Columbia Avenue, just east of Loree Street, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A hundred years ago, this neighborhood just east of downtown was a wealthy area full of large, beautiful homes. Today, most have been subdivided into small apartments. Some, like this one, are in relatively nice condition while many others have been neglected.

The West Central neighborhood on the other side of Fort Wayne’s downtown has had a similar history.

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Log Cabins in Elkhart County

There are four tiny houses on the east side of US-33, just south of the small town of Benton, in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. Two of them are log cabins, and the others are more conventional woodframe buildings.

The walls inside of the larger of the two log houses are covered in faded photographs of classic cars take from old calendars. In addition, the house is filled with religious signs, bumper stickers, and decorations proclaiming the former owner’s faith in Christ.

The current owner, who lives down the road from them, is trying to fix the cabins up to make them habitable again. He believes that they were originally built as a motel in the 1930s.

When he bought them, they had sat abandoned for several years after the former owner, an elderly man who was dying of cancer, and his wife, were taken out of the cabin by the man’s son. This man was the one who put up all of the religious stuff and the photos of cars.

A wooden trellis stands between the locked and boarded-up doors of a small cabin on US-33 just south of Benton in rural Elkhart County, Indiana.
The second of the four cabins. This one was like a duplex, with two separate dwellings.
An abandoned log cabin on US-33 just south of Benton in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. A sign above the front windows says, Bunk House.
The third of four cabins. This is the one that the last owner lived in, and it contains most of the religious signs and other artifacts.
A piece of paper with the Ten Commandments nailed to the wall in an abandoned house above a wooden sign that says, The future is as bright as the promises of God.
Inside the back room of the third cabin. The paper at the top has the Ten Commandments on it. The wooden sign says: “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”
A refrigerator stands in the middle of the kitchen of an abandoned house. The walls of the room are covered in photos of classic cars taken from old calendars. A bumper sticker on the side of the fridge says, I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb. Another bumper sticker of the wall above the door says, Christ Believed Salvation Received.
A refrigerator in the back room of the third cabin. The bumper sticker on the side of it says: “I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.” The bumper sticker over the door says: “Christ Believed – Salvation Received.”
Jars with hand-painted labels sit next to a can of Raid insecticide on a shelf in an abandoned house. The wall around the shelf is decorated with photos of classic cars taken from old calendars. The jars contain popcorn, cornmeal, brown rice, brown sugar, peas, and lentils. The label on one says it contains Gods Force and Source. A painting of fruit hangs above the shelf.
Jars of food on a shelf in the front room of the third cabin. The label on the jar on the far right says: “God’s Force and Source.”
An old dirty khaki hat  and a cross hanging on the wall of an abandoned house. A paper with the Jesus Illusion and a faded political ad for Eric Miller, Republican for Governor, are nailed to the wall next to the hat.
The wall separating the front and back rooms of the third cabin, looking back toward the rear of the house. The paper to the right of the hat is the “Jesus Illusion.” If you stare at it long enough, you see the face of Christ appear. The postcard next to it is an old political ad.
A ceramic cross hanging from shelves built in to the wall of an abandoned house. The cross says Bless This Home. Cans of paint sit on the shelf.
A ceramic cross hanging from the bookshelves in the front room of the third cabin, alongside old cans of paint. The packaged tool hanging on the door frame is a bicycle spoke tool.
The door on abandoned log cabin with a bumper sticker on the window that says, Live For Jesus Now and Spend Eternity in the Non-Smoking Section.
The front door of the fourth cabin. The bumper sticker on the window says: “Live for Jesus Now, Spend Eternity in the Non-Smoking Section.”
Mirrors and windows in an abandoned house in rural Elkhart County, Indiana. Bouquets of plastic flowers hang on the wall between the windows.
Inside the fourth cabin. This is the back room of the two room house.

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Giant Broaster Chicken

A giant fiberglass chicken stands on a trailer with the Broaster Chicken logo in front of a gas station.

I have seen these giant fiberglass chickens advertising Broaster Chicken in front of several gas stations in northeast Indiana.

This one is in front of the Marathon station at the corner of Washington Center Road and Goshen Road (US-33) on the northwestern edge of the city of Fort Wayne.

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Cinderblock Building on Noe Street

The weathered wood door and window on a small cinderblock building on Noe Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

This tiny cinderblock building stands on Noe Street, between County Road 650W and Hitler Street, in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. The building is very small, like a storage shed, and appears to be unused.

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Hitler Street

The street sign at the corner of Noe Street and Hitler Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.
The corner of Noe and Hitler Streets in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

Yes, the street sign says Hitler Street. I was surprised to discover that there is such a road in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

It turns out that the street was named for a man named Joseph Hitler, who owned the land that Kimmell was built on in the late 19th Century. He was not related to Adolf Hitler.

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Freemasons Lodge in Albion

Freemasons lodge #97 in the small town of Albion, Indiana. The building is a former church.
Albion Lodge #97

Freemasons Lodge #97 is a former church on the corner of Oak Street and County Road 300N in the small town of Albion, Indiana.

Many small-town Freemasons lodges in the midwest are housed in former church buildings.

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The Castle of Flags

Flags International on McKinley Highway in Osceola, Indiana. It is a store that looks like a castle with turrets and drawbridge. American flags fly from atop the turrets and the sign over the door says that is is The Castle Of Flags.
Flags International, a store that sells flags in Osceola, Indiana.

The Castle of Flags is a store that sells all sorts of flags. They have American flags, flags for all of the states in the United States, flags of foreign countries, religious flags, sports team flags, etc. The store’s actual name is Flags International.

The store is on McKinley Highway in Osceola, a small town between Mishawaka and Elkhart in northern Indiana. I photographed it during a snowstorm.

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Coca-Cola Swing

A red Coca-Cola porch swing in front of an old green house on Lincoln Highway in Goshen, Indiana. Photographed during a snowstorm.

This Coca Cola swing stands in front of an old house on Lincoln Highway (US-33) in Goshen, Indiana. I photographed it during a snowstorm yesterday morning.

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