#ThursdayDoors — Quartermaster’s Whatsit

Today I bring you some doors from Ft. Benjamin Harrison. Truth told, I bring you a lot of photos from the fort, because it’s the closest historical area.

I tried to glean some information on these buildings, but I really didn’t have the proper resources.

I called my FIL, but he was in a poor cell reception area. My MIL text me that Ft. Ben was a training area during WWII. That’s nice, but I already knew that. I was not around during World War II, you understand, but I have lived here a long time.

I considered asking my neighbor Jim about the buildings, but we don’t have the kind of rapport that makes me feel like it’s okay to swoop in on a random evening and pick his brain about 1945 or whatever. Even with a plate of brownies in hand, I just think that’s gauche.

Moo and I thought they might be train…depots? stations? platforms? Despite our combined Thomas the Tank Engine exposure, we really don’t know a lot about trains. Something about how raised they are, something about their length made us feel train-ish.

I even tried to find an old railroad map to see if the tracks that still exist link up with this area, but that was a mind-boggling task. You know, if Google Earth had always been available…

The Mister said that in terms of other bases, the military tended to use these types of buildings for storing supplies. I wanted to ask him what kind of supplies, but I was afraid he might tell me. (If you don’t know him, that’s probably funny.)

The internet wasn’t all that much help. When I looked it up, I did get a hit on this Flickr page and said, “OOH!” At least one of these was a quartermaster’s building, which solidified The Mister’s theory.

Thanks to that Flickr page, I was able to determine THIS was the interurban station for Ft. Ben.


And I mean to tell you, with some good fortune, I already had a photo of it in its current state.


Isn’t that convenient? I was so pleased.

Anyway, here are some interesting views of that general area, including some doors, because that’s how we do Thursdays.



#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To view other interesting doors, click the link and see what others are posting today.

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35 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — Quartermaster’s Whatsit

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    I think you did a great job without finding a lot of historical data on the internet. I’m wondering about the 9134 door. Is that an actual entrance? It seems that it needs a stoop or an extra step so as not to hurt oneself upon exiting. I’m also wondering about the supplies…inquiring minds want to know if The Mister has an answer.

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    • joey says:

      Thanks, I did try 🙂
      I have never eaten at Cafe Audrey’s, (I’m not a morning person lol) so I can’t be too sure if it’s an actual entrance. Maybe Benson will comment on that.
      Maybe The Mister will have further commentary on the supplies.
      I dunno. We’ll see, hm?

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  2. Chez Shea says:

    Good detective work and lovely photos.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    This is a very nice collection of doors and buildings. I love the door at the bottom and I spent a few minutes breaking down its construction in my head. Now I have questions that I want to ask the person who made that door (I know, dead, but still). The long buildings do have a train depot look to them. I would guess that QM Corp got stuff in and sent stuff out by train at some point. I really like the doors covering the hatchway into (assuming) the basement.

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    • joey says:

      I’m glad you agree they have a train depot look to them. Glad to have your insight. If you meet the builder, do ask about it and report back.
      I liked those cellar doors, too. Thanks, Dan 🙂

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  4. baldjake70 says:

    In regards to supplies there are different classifications for said supplies. Depending on what class it is, it could be medical, uniform, food, and even alcohol. I hope that is enough without going to in depth.

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  5. SwittersB says:

    Your Mister comments are always a hoot! Nice historical images for others, someday, doing research.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’m guessing that if you showed up with fresh baked brownies you’d be surprised how eager your neighbor would be to share what he knew. Crap, I’d even make shit up if someone brought me brownies but hey, I’m a chocoholic 😛
    I’m getting a railroad vibe from that building too. I love that main door, the 9134 door, and the ones that were bricked over; kinda like the ghosts of doors past.

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    • joey says:

      Norm, Chocoholic, check.
      I’m glad you also get a railroad vibe.
      I know, right? I have a real fondness for the bricked-over bits of buildings 🙂


      • joannesisco says:

        The photo or the brick wall studded with door *scars* was my favourite by far! I liked Norm’s comment about ‘ghosts of doors past’. It’s very descriptive 🙂

        I also agree that if you had gone to your neighbour with brownies, he would likely have been extremely flattered that you wanted to hear what he had to say!.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    Door 9134 calls to me. I like the patterns the wood creates on it, and being white it seems ethereal. Like a door to another dimension.

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  8. That’s how we do Thursdays indeed. I’m most impressed with the non-doors, and the ones on the floor, for some reason. And I love your research. You’re so… diligent!

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  9. How sweet would it be to connect with someone who has stories from long ago ? We have a WW II event coming here soon, always around D Day, and the vets that show up are few these days, all in their 90’s. With or without the brownies…your neighbor might just be willing to share his memories. ☺

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  10. jan says:

    Doors can really inspire the detective in all of us!

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  11. Nice bit of sleuth surfing, Joey, and a great selection of doors. Railways come to my mind, too. 🙂

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  12. Wow, you hit the motherload. You go girl. 🙂

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  13. Benson says:

    That is a great piece of wood. Bricked in doors have always fascinated me. It is such a final end to an entrance, Nothing casual about that decision. Audrey’s has a regular door with steps and they also server lunch with a good fried fish.

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    • joey says:

      Cafe Audrey must fold em out, because we walked around it and there were no steps when we were there.
      I’m glad you love the bricked-up bits, too. 😀


  14. I must admit that I feel comfortable admiring doors shots even sans historical information. Am I wild and crazy or what?? Many of the door I shoot either don’t have a long history or I’m not in a position to find out about it. I soldier on. 🙂 Enjoyed the shots, Joey.


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  15. reocochran says:

    I loved the brickwork and the white door at the end with the big step down! The railroad station is a great place to view so much and enjoy! Happy Memorial Day weekend, Joey!

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  16. Prior-2001 says:

    I also like the door with the big step down (9134) which was featured in the reader – I kept going back to it – and the lines in the brick – the panels in the door – and all around had such a interest – but great door post overall…

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  17. marianallen says:

    Great bunch of buildings and doors! My favorite was the cellar(?) door low to the ground. Looks like something my Aunt Rose would have warned little me not to play on. Repeatedly.

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