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Improved Order of Red Men Building on Adams Street in the small town of Middle Point, Ohio. The boarded-up brick building has two vacant storefronts on the first floor. One was a bar called The Fun House. The gable stone near the top of the building says it was built in 1909 by the Improved Order Of Red Men Bright Horn Tribe number 178.

 

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Red Men Building in Middle Point

This vacant building is on Adams Street, between Railroad Street and South Street, in Middle Point, Ohio.

The building was built in 1909 by The Improved Order Of Red Men, a fraternal organization whose white members dressed up as Native Americans for their meetings. The gable stone near the top of the building says it was built by "The Bright Horn Tribe, #178."

Middle Point also has a former Odd Fellows building, a block north of the Red Men building. I find it interesting that many tiny midwestern towns were once able to support multiple fraternal organizations like the Red Men, the Odd Fellows, and the Freemasons.

One of the two vacant storefronts on the first floor was once a bar called the Fun House, which has relocated to a new building on Adams Street a couple of blocks north of this one.

Middle Point is a small town in Van Wert County. It is called Middle Point because it is halfway between the town of Van Wert and the town of Delphos. Van Wert is in the center of Van Wert County, and Delphos is on the eastern edge of the county.

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