Thursday, December 5, 2019

[35mm Ohio] Clayton, Greenville, North Star, Celina, and The Temple of Tolerance

On the road with a Minolta XD-11 and roll of Kodak Ultramax 400.

Above and below: the closed Timber Lanes in Clayton.

- Closed lodge in Greenville.

Above and below: the gum wall of the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville. We had just eaten breakfast and arrived before they opened, so no Roseanne-style loose meat sandwiches for us.

Above and below: The Blue and White Tiki Tavern of North Star, Ohio.

An abandoned hotel in Celina near Grand Lake St. Marys:

The shuttered office windows featured a warning about a local sex offender who had been living there, as well as, a notice that the hotel was no longer hiring.

Fading advertisements in Celina...

...and one for used cars in Mendon (along with a Minolta light leak).

The Temple of Tolerance in Wapakoneta:

Thanks to Mallorie S. who suggested swinging by here.

Nestled amongst neighborhood backyards, the Temple took 25 years to build. We met its creator, Jim Bowsher, during our brief visit and he showed us the various features including the centerpiece you can climb up, as well as, this installation:

It features spent bullet casings (collected by Jim from various gun ranges over the years) that represent each Ohio citizen killed in war.

Thanks to Jim for the friendly conversation on a cold day. You can read more about the Temple of Tolerance here

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  1. When I was a kid my grandfather would spend his vacation at Celina. They rented a large cabin at some place called Scotty's. There was running water but no sewer. So there was an attached outhouse. Scotty had a store and bait shop not far from a huge peir that ran out into the lake. The men would sit on the pier all day long and fish while the women would drink too much and gossip. All the cousins would run around doing stuff they should not.

    1. Sounds like a proper lakeside vacation, haha. I'd love to get back up there in the summer.

  2. During my teens and earlier, Greenville was the "big city". Many Saturday nights ended with sandwiches behind the Maid-Rite.

    1. Any particular sandwich you’d recommend from there? Just in case I make it back.

  3. Thanks for visiting my neck of the woods. Ronny. Celina is my wifes home town and 15 mins from My hometown of New Bremen. If you get back to this area a few spots worth checking out. Just west of North Star is Tony Stewarts world famous Eldora speedway. Just a dusty dirty racetrack that brings in hundreds of thousands of people through the summer from all over the world. As you drove north on 127 towards celina there is a point where you can see 7 different church steeples. all catholic churches and all still in operation. You past St Charles Seminary of the precious blood on 127. Now a retirement home it still holds all the charm of when it was a self sufficient seminary. They grew their own food, raised their own animals, producing everything they needed on their own. In New Bremen ohio 14 miles to the east of 127 is the bicycle museum of america. A cool little place with alot of bike and americana. If you take time to make trip up this way again let me know. Maybe I can help get you to some cool hidden gems. Thanks for the cool pictures too. Love them!

    1. Hey Andy,

      Thanks so much for the advice. I must admit that when we went through, we kind of overloaded our plans and destinations. I ended up going through this area again around New Year's and it was cold, desolate, and raining. I'd like to get back here when the weather is better and the days longer. Will keep some of these in mind and reach out as it seems like there's quite a bit more to this area than meets the eye.