Toledo, Ohio - March 12, 2011 - Sunny & Bright -> Gray, Cold, & Windy
All Photographs Copyright © 2011 by Robert E Pence
I drove to Toledo to attend an All Aboard Ohio meeting at Central Union Terminal, and afterward I set out to take some photos around the city.
The westbound Lake Shore Limited is due at Toledo at 5:55am. When I pulled up in front of the station about 9:30am, the train was sitting at the
platform, delayed by a track washout and detour in New York State.
Viewliner sleepers and a baggage car bring up the rear.
Saturday's New York Times, headlined with news of the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
After the meeting, I picked a street and followed it to see where it went. The morning had started sunny and pleasant,
but by 11 0'clock overcast was building and the wind was picking up. The day quickly turned cold, damp, windy, and unpleasant.
The siren echoed through mostly-empty streets.
By the time I got to the Erie Street Market, the winter farmers' market already had closed for the day. The Libbey Glass Factory Outlet was open,
though, and doing a brisk business. I sought respite from the cold wind and found some things I liked, on sale.
From the market I saw this imposing old building and went to check it out. The faded letters painted
on the bricks said "Fireproof Storage" but I wonder if it had an earlier, more interesting use. The design
reminds me of some late-19th century powerhouse buildings for large factories.
I had a flashlight in my pocket, and in younger, more reckless times I might have been tempted to explore. Now, not by myself.
A burnout next door.
This might have made the firefighters nervous.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Been here long?
Kessler Park, a pocket park off Main Street. The script above the arch says "Lucas County Power Station."
Former Movie Theater?
Acme Power Plant, inactive since 1993 and undergoing partial demolition. I'm not a fan of drive-by photography, but by this time I felt like I was on the brink of hypothermia,
notwithstanding multiple layers under a jacket that's usually resistant to wind.
That's all I can stand! I'll find a large hot coffee, and then I'm headed for home!