Free Firewood With Nails

A pile of lumber taken from a burned building sits in front of the remains of the building on Division Street in Mishawaka, Indiana. The sign on the wood pile says Free Firewood - Has Nails - So What.

This pile of wood sat in front of an industrial building that burned down. It is on Division Street in Mishawaka, Indiana.

The sign on the wood, which is lumber salvaged from the building’s ruins, says: “Free Firewood. Has Nails. So What.”

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©2016 Christopher Crawford. Please do not use my photos without permission.

Hillary For Prison Sign Behind Barbed Wire

A Hillary For Prison sign surrounded by barbed wire on Winchester Road in the small town of Poe, Indiana.

When I first laid eyes upon this “Hillary For Prison” sign, I thought that the person who posted it was creative. The barbed wire emphasizes the sign’s message that Hillary Clinton belongs in prison.

The woman who lives across the street told me, however, that the barbed wire was actually there to deter thieves. The sign had been stolen several times, so the owner wrapped it in barbed wire! So far, it has worked.

The sign is on Winchester Road in the small town of Poe, Indiana.

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Downtown Kimmell Inn

Downtown Kimmell Inn, a bar in an old building on Clark Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana. The front of the building has palm trees and a tropical sunset painted on the front of it.

Downtown Kimmell Inn is a bar on Clark Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

The town is so tiny that the idea of it having a “downtown” is funny. Downtown Kimmell Inn is the only bar or restaurant in the whole town. It is next to the old Parker Hybrids building.

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Cornfield on Pleasant Center Road #2

Big blue sky full of clouds above a cornfield on Pleasant Center Road looking north toward Fort Wayne International Airport in rural Allen County, Indiana. The air traffic control tower is visible in the distance.

Fort Wayne International Airport’s 200 foot tall air traffic control tower looks tiny under a big sky full of fluffy clouds.

I photographed the tower, and the cornfields that surround it, from the north side of Pleasant Center Road, between Smith Road and Harber Road, in rural Allen County, Indiana.

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Parker Hybrids

The former Parker Hybrids Seed Company building on Clark Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

This is the former Parker Hybrids building on Clark Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

Parker Hybrids produced and sold hybrid seeds for farmers in northeast Indiana. The business closed after the owner was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

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There Is No Place Like Home

An old red barn on a farm in rural Indiana with a sign that says There Is No Place Like Home.

This old red barn is on a farm on Muldoon Road, just south of Ferguson Road, in rural Allen County, Indiana. “There Is No Place Like Home.”

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Statue of Liberty in Mishawaka

A Statue of Liberty lamp post in the front yard of a house on Beiger Street in Mishawaka, Indiana. Made of cast aluminum by Tuscumbia Iron Works.

The Statue of Liberty holds the yard light in front of a house on the corner of Beiger Street and Lincolnway, facing west on Beiger Street, in Mishawaka, Indiana.

These Lady Liberty lamp posts are made of cast aluminum by a company in Alabama called Tuscumbia Iron Works. They offer a discount if you buy four or more! The idea of one person buying so many of them is strangely amusing to me.

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Cornfield on Pleasant Center Road

White fluffy clouds fill the blue sky over a cornfield on a sunny September day on the south side of Pleasant Center Road in rural Allen County, Indiana.

The clouds in the sky above this cornfield were incredible! It is rare to see the sky so completely filled with white fluffy clouds.

The field is on the south side of Pleasant Center Road, between Smith Road and Harber Road, just south of Fort Wayne International Airport in rural Allen County, Indiana.

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Prohibited Items

A sign for the 2016 Fort Wayne Air Show with a very long list of items that people were prohibited from bringing into the show at the Indiana Air National Guard 122 Tactical Fighter Wing base. In the background, the long line of people waiting to go through security checks.

The Indiana Air National Guard held an air show at the 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing base at Fort Wayne International Airport on September 10 and 11, 2016.

Paranoia reached new heights at this year’s air show. To get into the show, visitors had to drive downtown, where there is nowhere to park without paying, then line up at Headwaters Park to go through security checks inside the big event tent on the east side of the park.
When my son and I got down there, the line stretched from the park all the way down Clinton Street to Superior Street, then it curved east all the way to Lafayette Street! Inside the tent, they had a ‘maze’ set up to allow more people to line up inside.

The line was about a mile long in total, and it was barely moving. After passing through security, the people were put on busses and driven the 8 miles or so to the airport, which is on the city’s southwestern edge.

On the sidewalks leading to Headwaters Park, signs like the one in this photograph were posted. The sign is an incredible list of “Prohibited Items” that borders on the absurd. The prohibited items included:

  • Food, Drinks or Coolers
  • Backpacks
  • Knives
  • Large Umbrellas
  • Portable awnings or tents
  • Bicycles
  • Scooters (except for those used by the disabled)
  • Skateboards
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Laser Pointers
  • Ladders or step stools
  • Heelys
  • UAVs or drones
  • Loose ice
  • Cans
  • Glass
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Dangerous objects
  • Cooking equipment
  • Roller blades or inline skates
  • Ladders

I understand why some of these items were banned from the air show. Weapons, alcohol, and pets, for example.

Others were absurd. Loose ice? Heelys? Heelys are shoes that are popular with children. They have a built-in rollerskate wheel in the heel. Banning those keeps half the 5th graders in Fort Wayne out of the show! Ladders? Those must be especially dangerous, since they were listed TWICE. Seriously, though; how many people try to bring a ladder to an air show??

In the background of this photograph, you can see the sheep people lined up outside the entrance to the Headwaters Park tent. The organizers of this event will claim that ‘terrorism’ was the reason for the paranoid and idiotic security arrangements.

The fact that anyone would think this necessary in a place like Fort Wayne, and that the people here tolerated it and willingly lined up for it, shows that the ‘terrorists’ have won. Americans were once free men; now we’re a bunch of groveling serfs.

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