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A large brick chimney next to the Ward Corporation foundry in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The smokestack has MILLS spelled out in lighter colored bricks near the top.


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Ward Corporation #1

This 19th Century factory building is still in use today. Located on Growth Avenue off West Main Street in Fort Wayne, it is currently home to Ward Corporation, a metals foundry.

This was originally a textile factory called Wayne Knitting Mills. The chimney used to be quite a bit taller, and the company's full name was spelled out in bricks on the side of the smokestack. Because it was in bad condition, the top of the smokestack was removed sometime in the 1970s. At some point after I made this photograph, more of it was removed, leaving only the bottom three letters (LLS) intact.

This complex of industrial buildings is one of the few remnants of the huge factories that employed most of Fort Wayne's working people in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The big General Electric complex on Broadway is another, though it is no longer in operation and its future is uncertain.





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ward-corp1-small-unframed 7x7 inch Unframed $200.00
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ward-corp1-medium-unframed 11x11 inch Unframed $350.00
ward-corp1-medium-framed 11x11 inch Framed $475.00
ward-corp1-large-framed 15x15 inch Framed $700.00






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