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15 Signs You Grew Up in New Haven, Indiana

Although I no longer live in New Haven, or Fort Wayne, or Indiana for that matter, there’s always something I feel when coming back “home.” Well first, that New Haven is no longer my “home” but that it will always be my hometown; there’s a difference. Secondly, I’ve realized this time that growing up in New Haven means a whole lot more than just growing up in New Haven.

It means you’re always late due to a train. It means that even though your high school football team is notorious for never winning, and that even if you spell the city name backwards, you nevah wen, you still show up with the rest of the city to every sporting event. It means knowing there’s another city in Connecticut with the same name. It means knowing that Canal Days is a bit grungy, yes, but still looking forward to it regardless. It means driving down Werling Road and knowing you’ll see someone from your high school – or better yet, going to Kroger and for sure seeing someone you know. It means that every Spring Break, you’ll see your New Haven neighbors down in Florida. It means feeling actively involved in city affairs – the continuation of the Canal Days parade, the consolidation of local public schools, or whether Jury Pool should renovate.

No matter how much New Haven continues to improve its already-high quality of living, when you grow up in such a small town centered around one highway, there are just some memories that will forever be imprinted in your brain.

#1: First sign of spring


#2: Where you spend your lunch break


#3: Where your grandparents always take you for lunch


#4: Your birthday was on this


#5: This will forever be Video Stop or Hollywood Video


#6: Papa Johns, is that you?

#7: Restaurants here never seemed to do so well


#8: You had at least one friend who worked here…or you worked here


#9: When New Haven had two grocery stores, and this wasn’t RediMed


#10: You’ve never been inside of this castle, but have always wanted to


#11: You’ve eaten here

#12: Where you end up after every Friday night football game


#13: Where you spent your childhood


#14: This


#15: Knowing your town is  tiny, but still always looking forward to get back home to New Haven, Indiana


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  • Anthony Gordon

    Not sure how long you’ve been out of New Haven, but in recent years the football team is not notorious for “never winning.”

  • Ruth Elkins-Miller

    When I lived there some of this stuff wasn’t there yet..

    • Randy C Chapman

      That is the same for me.

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  • smitty1964

    Well said! I did not grow up in New Haven, but my husband did and my daughter is. We are very involved in Canal Days and I am the parade chairperson. We agree it is very messy, but it gets cleaned up by Monday morning pretty well.

    • I was actually just talking about Canal Days to someone here in Europe! Thanks for visiting my blog! 😀 I write about Fort Wayne quite often now.

  • CW Martin

    My sister is about to retire from #8…

  • La’Toya Bunting

    This reminds me a lot of my hometown- Wayne, Michigan. Lol

  • Julie Hecht Hackman Tettmar

    #10 was an video game arcade in the 80s, and my friends and I went inside to play Donkey Kong, Centipede, Ms. Pac man, etc…..

  • david r

    20 Places I miss in New Haven. (1) Hobby House Walgreens (2) A &W Root Beer Stand (3) Maloleys Grocery (4) Barretts (5) Dan Purvis, when they has a soda shop counter (6) McKean’s Deep Dish Pizza (7) the Coney Dog place next to Barrett’s (8) Barr’s Texaco Station (we loved your Dad Kenny!) (9) Twistee Freeze (10) East Haven Tavern (11) Ricardo’s Pizza (12) Blackwell’s Department Store (13) B & K Root Beer (14) Station Haus Restaurant (15) Sambo’s Restaurant (16) East 30 Drive-In (17) White Swan Grocery (18) Long John Silvers (19) Rack and Helen’s upside down sign! (20) Taco Tico and Taco tacos anymore in Noodle Haven

    • Joyce Bates

      Before #6 was Papa Johns it was Long John Silvers. I worked at LJS for a few years. Both gone, but last time I was in town building was still there. Other gones: sledding hill at top of Koehlinger Drive; someone cut into the side of the hill and built a parking lot and dentist(?) office. New Haven swimming pool off of Summitt Street; where I learned to swim. Pancake suppers at the American Legion’s brick building off Broadway; not sure what’s there now; Allen County Times newspaper/Moon Printing brick building at corner of Broadway and Hartzell Streets; loved walking in and smelling newsprint and ink. Don’t know what’s there now. Can’t honestly say I miss all these places, but have memories of them all.

  • Randy C Chapman

    Number 10 was Mr.Holdermans home, and when the kids in the neighborhood went over to his house we got to slide down the bannister. He also had a neat round barn.

  • Randy C Chapman

    In my day we had more than two grocery stores.