2110 McConnel Drive, New Haven, IN 46774, (260) 493-6585. O.G. “Bud” Steinman founded AAA Auction Service in 1972 and passed away in 2000. AAA Auction Service conducts estate and commercial/industrial auctions and appraisals in the greater Fort Wayne area and throughout the Midwest. Copied from web site History. See Facebook page.
Abby Brown's Candy
Closed August 8, 2015. Daniel Poore opened the store on East State Boulevard in 1976 after purchasing it from his aunt the real Abby Brown. He took Abby's recipes and shop idea and relocated it from Anderson, IN to Fort Wayne. Daniel died in 2013, then his wife Katie decided to close and auction the store and contents August 15, 2015. See February 14, 2015 Abby Brown's Candy Shoppe Interview YouTubein its 39th year. Abby Brown's closing next month by Jeff Wiehe publshed March 16, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and Fort Wayne landmark candy store closing after 39 years by Barb Sieminski published July 18, 2015 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See Abby Brown's Chocolates photos and information on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
ACRES Land Trust
Founded March 2, 1960, 1802 Chapman Road, Huntertown, Indiana (260) 637-2273, by local environmentalists Tom and Jane Dustin preserving natural areas around the tri-state area allowing them to remain or return to as close to their original condition as possible in dozens of preserves, totaling over 5,000 acres, from Allen County into southern Michigan, northwest Ohio and further south and west into Indiana. These preserves show how the land may have looked when Native American lived here and pioneers arrived for the first time. The Bicentennial Woods Preserve was acquired in 1994 to honor Fort Wayne's Bicentennial as an old growth preserve in Allen County. See web site ACRES Land Trusttheir ACRES in the news list of Media Relations headlines. or Facebook page. State nature preserves program proves there's more than cornfields in Indiana by Kevin Kilbane published March 20, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Adair - E. Ross Adair Federal Building and United States Courthouse, formerly Fort Wayne Federal Building
Walpole Colerick, Congressman from Fort Wayne pressured the Indiana legislature to appeal to Congress for a federal courthouse and post office in 1873. Funding by 1882 eventually led to a building opening in 1903. On June 30, 1999, the Fort Wayne Federal Building was renamed to honor E. Ross Adair who served twenty years as Indiana’s Fourth District Congressman and Ambassador to Ethiopia. The name was officially changed to the E. Ross Adair Federal Building and United States Courthouse. A ceremony was held on October 27, 2000 to commemorate the renaming of the Fort Wayne Federal Building . Read more of the history in A Fort Wayne Architectural Landmark by Tom Castaldi published August 27, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
From an October 25, 2017 discussion about local airplane crashes at Baer Field on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Saturday, April 28, 1951, 11 people were killed when a United Airlines DC-3, Flight 129, departed Cleveland, Ohio heading for Chicago, crashed on approach to Baer Field, killing 8 passengers and a crew of 3. There was a severe thuderstorm in the area, when the aircraft was east of the airport the wind increased to 60-65 miles per hour with gusts to 85 miles per hour and a heavy rainfall began, accompanied by lightning and severe static. See Accident Description on AviationSafety.net.
In the late 1950's, Lt. Art Ivan, from Leo, crashed an Air Guard jet but bailed out and survived. No information was found online.
Friday, February 10, 1989, 1st Lt. David E. Kruse, 26, of Fort Wayne, a weapons specialist crash-landed an Indiana Air National Guard F-4 fighter jet after smoke filled the cockpit and the pilot passed out, officials said. Kruse, the pilot died but the other crewman, Maj. Wilburt J. Elliott, 39, of South Bend, survived. Read A weapons specialist crash-landed an Indiana Air National Guard... published February 11, 1989 on UPI.com, the United Press International. Also discussed October 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Was on Bluffton Road in 1917 across from what is now Quimby Village. The Genealogy Center blog St. Vincent Villa Sources Online posted February 09, 2015 says The records of the Allen County Children's Home were “lost” many years ago and their Remembering the Flood of 1913 blog posted March 22, 2013 mentions children drowning from the home also mentioned below. Some of the Bricks were used to build Waynedale United Methodist Church. The barn was then used to house a riding stable, there is a crossing built into the river you can still make out so they could take the horses over to Foster Park and ride the Bridle Trail (now the hiking trail that runs along the rivers edge). It's where the seats pavilion is now. You can still see the carriage house there. March 26, 1913 it was flooded, 60 children were stranded, with 3 drowning during rescue attempts to evacuate the building. See May 29, 1913 Fort Wayne News newspaper article. Read more in Flood of the century A Look Back At The Flood of 1913 And How It Changed Fort Wayne - Part 1 by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel newspaper. From the archives: Headstone, service memorialize orphans The girls died in the flood of 1913 by Darnell J. Compton of The News-Sentinel newspaper March 20, 2013. Originally published July 12, 1999 the story is about Girl Scout Cadet Troop 199 conducting a memorial service at Lindenwood Cemetery and dedicating a headstone at the graves of Alice Mannen and Kittie Wise, two girls who died trying to flee the Allen County Orphan's Home during Fort Wayne's flood of 1913. The Orphan's Home was on the southwest corner of Webster and Wayne, with Bernard Rekers, Director in the 1858 Fort Wayne City Directory.
Allen County Courthouse
Opened in 1902 and is credited as one of the best Beaux Arts courthouses in the nation. The Courthouse Green was created when the block of buildings along Court Street were torn down.
Audio: “Allen County Courthouse” featuring Tom Castaldi, local historian, courtesy of WBNI-Fort Wayne posted by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
Photo of 1840's Court House Square August 9, 2012 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
See photo of the 3rd courthouse in the 1880s posted in Allen County’s Third Courthouse ca. 1880 by Randy Harter published October 23, 2017 on Fort Wayne Reader and again October 25, 2017 by
Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebookand again December 12, 2017 on Fort Wayne Food Tours.
May 28, 1897 sealed bids were advertised in the Fort Wayne News newspaper image posted May 8, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
Restoration Celebration Saluting 100 years of justice at the Allen County Courthouse was a 16-page special insert with photos, history, and stories in the September 22, 2002 The Journal Gazette newspaper.
The current courthouse exterior is impressive, inside gets national recognition. More than 15,000-square feet of scagliola, or faux marble made from plaster, adorns columns, walls, pilasters and moldings. Read World-Class County Courthouse with photos back to late 1800s published February 20, 2014 and June 19, 2014 with a couple different photos both by Tom Castaldi on History Center Notes & Queries blog.
“Free Title Day” ceremony was at 2:30PM on January 1, 1940. Photos of the guide cover and pages was posted January 1, 2019 by The History Center on Facebook.
Go on a History Center Tour with a trained docent or self-guided tour. Tour lasts approximately one hour and a donation of $2 per person is recommended. To schedule a tour, contact the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust office at (260) 449.4246 or email.
See January 12, 2017 photos and discussion of Brentwood Tolan the architect of the Allen County Courthouse and several others in the area on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Little courthouse upkeep Scaffolding goes up for repairs on murals, stained-glass windows - From 1995 to 2002, the county spent $8.6 million, most of it from private donors, restoring the Allen County Courthouse... by Frank Gray published January 17, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Photos inside the dome and discussion March 22, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Built on Carroll Road in 1989, website http://allencountyfairgroundsin.com/, Facebook. The Allen County Fair started in the 1940s at the old Fort Wayne Speedway, then bounced between Huntertown and Woodburn, until they found a home in the Coliseum, until it expanded and moved to Carroll Road. The Allen County Fair is the only county that does not receive state funding for the fair, as funding is entirely from one week of fair each July.
Built in the 1850s, the previous brick jail served from the 1850s until early 1981, when the first section of the current jail opened across the street. The building was razed soon thereafter, and its long history includes being the site of perhaps the county's most notorious public hanging.An estimated 15,000 people watched Samuel McDonald die in the jail's courtyard on Oct. 9, 1883, after being convicted of murdering Louis Laurent. Because the fall did not break his neck, it took McDonald 17 minutes to die of strangulation. The noose used to hang McDonald and the hatchet he used on Laurent are in the collection of the History Center, as is an iron door from one of the old jail's cells. Copied from Site of old county jail, infamous hanging could be used for downtown development by Kevin Leininger published February 10, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
Formed in 1943, in 1947 opens Hanna Homestead School, in 1962 buyrs property at 2722 Fairfield Avenue, in 1985 relocates to current location at 3320 North Clinton Street. In 1998 officially renamed Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults. See their History page for more information.
Allen County Sweeper
Photo of building at 1800 Broadway, corner of Swinney Avenue, was discussed May 12, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Culled from the comments it was built around 1950 as Brouwer's Firestone and Texaco in the (late) Art Moderne style. It was a combination of tire store, filling station, service garage, and a small hardware-type retail store. The Brouwer family operated on the site prior to construction of the 1950 building, in a smaller Texaco filling station. Until 1965 was Brouwers Tire and Battery where Ray Ditton was the sales manager for Firestone tires. In the 1960s and 1970s it was a Goodyear tire and GE appliance store. TEKVenture maker lab moved to the block in 2014, then in 2017 moved to 1550 Griffin. There is tax sale information for Swinney Avenue Partners LLC 1800 BROADWAY.
Ground was broken for Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on January 24, 1950. There was nothing but farms in the area. The $3 million project took more than two years to complete and was dedicated on September 28, 1952, shown in a short video by Access Fort Wayne public television at the Allen County Public Library, in a ceremony that drew 10,000 people to the Coliseum to hear National Commander Lewis K. Gough of the American Legion talk about winning peace through strength in the Korean War. See a photo of the dedication ceremony posted September 28, 2018 by the Memorial Coliseum courtesy of The Journal Gazette newspaper on Twitter. See May 1951 photos taken during construction posted May 15, 2019 by Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Facebook. See a historical photo of the Memorial Coliseum, taken on August 18, 1950! Taken two years before the facility opened its doors, this photo shows the building in the midst of construction. Look at all that farm land and natural vegetation! Coped from an August 19, 2019 post on their Facebook page.
The Komets have played at the Coliseum since 1952, and the Zollner Pistons played five seasons there before moving to Detroit. It is currently the home of the Mad Ants as well as the venue for a variety of events including concerts, expos and the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale. Copied from Throwback Thursday: Memorial Coliseum published September 28, 2017 on The Journal Gazette newspaper.
The coliseum was intentionally built on the north side in the country to draw development to the north side of the river. Trains on the railroad tracks along the rivers on the north side of Fort Wayne often blocked northbound traffic preventing north side development. In 1947 Mayor Harry Baals proposed elevating the Nickel Plate railroad tracks along the old Wabash & Erie canal in Fort Wayne. Elevation started in 1953 and finished in 1956. North side development started in the 1950s and has never stopped. Mayor Harry Baals legacy is the decades of north side development, but instead became world famous in 2011 when comedian Jimmy Kimmell played a sketch video joking about the pronounciation of the mayors name. Scotty Moore has an interesting history of the early coliseum, especially Evil Presley's 1957 concert with newspaper articles.
Photos and discussion February 2, 2017 and 1952 photo posted March 7, 2017 by
Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, generating many comments including Hans Hofer posting an old map labeling the Circumurban California Road now Coliseum Boulevard then posted and discussed March 9, 2017on Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors Facebook page, old Municipal Beach and old feeder canal bed and September 28, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Aug. 2, 2002: Raising the roof of Memorial Coliseum Three inches per minute. the 43,680-square-foot roof of Memorial Coliseum was raised 41 feet and 10 inches. It took almost five hours. by Corey McMaken published March 28, 2019 in the JGHistory Journal of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Hotel and restaurant photos including newspaper article from June 27, 1909 page 30 in The Journal Gazette newspaper August 7, 2017 and several photos August 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Newspapers.com shows that article and another article on page 12 in the July 12, 1913 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. An August 8, 1909 photo in The Journal Gazette newspaper was posted October 28, 2017 in the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
105 East Lewis Street, taped August 11, 1976 American Legion Lincoln Post --Fort Wayne, Indiana
published November 11, 2016 by the Allen County Public Library on YouTube. This clip is a short piece that is part of a longer series of Fort Wayne landmarks documented on open reel video tape in the 1970s. The series was made possible by the Fort Wayne Public Library, now the Allen County Public Library. This segment was recorded August 11, 1976 at 105 East Lewis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Camera and Editing by Steve Fortriede.
American Legion post 47, opened in 1919, was located on the north side of Wayne street, between Webster and Harrison. A photo from the Allen County Community Album at the Allen County Public Library was posted for discussion May 5, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. The legion post moved to Reed Road. A Facebook page Restoration 226 established in January 2014 has many photos of the building at 226 Wayne Street that was torn down in June 2014 to build the Ash Skyline Plaza that opened June 1, 2016.
American Red Cross
1212 E. California Road. See October 2, 1962 photo of brand new building for Allen County Chapter and Regional Blood Center for 43 Indiana and Ohio chapters in The Journal Gazette newspaper posted April 20, 2017 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
Antibus Scales & Systems, Inc.
75th anniversary was on January 1, 2013. Inception in 1938, is a sales/service distributor in the weighing equipment business with sales and service capabilities. Headquarters in Fort Wayne with branch offices in both South Bend and Toledo Ohio serve customers within a 75 mile radius of either location. Web site: http://www.antibus.com/
The nine-story, 263-rooms opened in Februry 1908 at 128 West Berry corner of Harrison Street. In 1947 leased to F. Harold Van Orman, president of Fort Wayne Daisies women's baseball team, along with Ernie Berg and Ramon Perry, was the original backer/owner of the newly formed (1952) Fort Wayne Komets. Hotel rebranded as the Van Orman until 1968, rebranded the Anthony and imploded January 13, 1974. See history and discussion posted November 7, 2016 by
Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, and postcard discussion October 7, 2017 and several ACPL photos March 13, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
Anthony Wayne building
A 15-story office building in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Fom the top floors looking east on a clear day you are able to see the windmill farm in Van Wert County, Ohio. Read about rennovation bringing in new businesses and condos in Rebirth of Anthony Wayne
Building’s rehab pleases tenantsby Dan Stockman published February 24, 2013
in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
Anthony Wayne Institute
On West Wayne Street, 1917-1933 was a co-ed business school. During the Great Depression it served as local headquarters of the WPA, the Works Progress Administration, which provided jobs to depression era unemployed who compiled useful genealogy records of births, marriages, and deaths found on the shelves of the The Genealogy Center, and would build the runways at Fort Wayne’s Smith Field, and the pavilions at Foster Park. It was torn down in 2014 to build the Asher Brokerage world headquarters. No longer online in Doomed Building Played Major Role in City History by Eric Olson March 28, 2014 of Indiana NewsCenter.
Anthony Wayne Motor Company
The former 'Anthony Wayne Motor Company' dealership was built in the mid-1920s at the SE corner of Lafayette Street and E Washington Boulevard, along the Lincoln Highway. It was home to the Ford and Lincoln brands. After having sat vacant for a number of years, it was demolished (along with the old 412 Club behind it) in September 2017 to make way for the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. Fort Wayne, Indiana. Copied from August 25, 2018 photo taken August 7, 2016 posted by Dan Baker on Facebook.
Shown on an early Map of Kekionga. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, about three hundred yards westward from Harmar’s Ford, on the site of the Indian camp, was a venerable apple-tree, full of fruit, its trunk measuring fifteen feet in circumference. Under this tree Chief Richardville, to whom allusion has been made, was born a little more than a hundred years ago. It was a fruit-bearing tree then, and is supposed to have grown from a seed dropped by some French trader among these Twightwees, as the Miamis were called in early times. In the sketch of the apple-tree the city of Fort Wayne is seen in the distance. The spires on the left are those of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. Copied from page 44 of The pictorial field-book of the war of 1812; or, Illustrations, by pen and pencil, of the history, biography, scenery, relics, and traditions of the last war for American independence by Benson John Lossing, 1813-1891. More on page 22 The Old Apple Tree in the History of Fort Wayne from the earliest know accounts of this point, to the present period with an 1868 historic apple tree drawing. May 13, 2015 discusison on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. The tree was discussed in an article Miami Apple Tree with a drawing on pages 738-739 in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 24.
Website: www.archfw.org - Architecture and Community Heritage since 1975. ARCH Endangered Structure List of 2012’s most endangered structures, with the number decreasing from 10 to eight since last year. Topping the list is the Merchant-Huxford House at 520 Tennessee Ave., the home of one of Fort Wayne’s earliest mayors. According to legend, the house contains timbers from the last fort in the city. The list also included the S.F. Bowser building on Creighton Avenue vacated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, then torn down in 2016. From ARCH endangered-structure list dips to 8 by Sarah Janssen of The Journal Gazette newspaper November 16, 2012. Taking Stock of Our Treasures, One Historic Building at a Time by Eric Olson published January 2, 2014 as
WPTA21 ABC TV station21Country video. Explore One of the ARCH Heritage Trails shows the Central Downtown Trail one of four available published June 23, 2015 on the Visit Fort Wayne blog.
Annual “Most Endangered” list and ARCHie award winners
At 1415 West Washington Boulevard. In 1994 it was included on the "Fort Wayne Bicentennial Heritage Trail" as one of the outstanding homes in the celebrated West Central Neighborhood. From An Archbishop’s Home by Tom Castaldi, local historian, published January 29, 2015 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
1117 Broadway, www.aaronsorientalruggallery.com, handmade rugs, Where every rug is a masterpiece. 40th anniversary was January 1, 2013. See Magic Carpets video by Eric Olson, published October 13, 2017 on WPTA21 ABC TV station.
List of public art in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This list applies only to works of public art accessible in an outdoor public space. For example, this does not include artwork visible inside a museum. Most of the works mentioned are sculptures.
Arts United Center
In 1961, the architect Louis I. Kahn was commissioned by the Fine Arts Foundation to design and develop a large arts complex. ... By the summer of 1970, Kahn’s office had completed the working drawings for the theatre, and construction proceeded shortly after. In the end, only the Theatre of Performing Arts was completed out of the nine proposed buildings for the Fine Arts Center of Fort Wayne. The theatre was officially inaugurated in 1973, a year before Kahn’s death in 1974. See Fort Wayne AD Classics: Arts United Center / Louis Kahn by Evan Pavka published April 16, 2018 on ArchDaily.com. The path of Kahn Famed architect's imprint on Arts United Center unmistakable with several photos by Miriam Morgan published December 09, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
A & P - Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea company
Had 5 stores, 3 closed in 1975, the other 2 in 1977. See January 15, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.
535 W. Wayne Street, founded in 1974, founder Tim Borne and president Tom Borne still maintain highly visible roles even after they sold the business to a holding company based out of Tennessee a few years ago. Website: asheragency.com
Aspy's BestOne Tire & Auto Care
14808 Minnich Road, Hoagland, New Haven area, 58th anniversary on January 1, 2013, website: www.aspytire.com
Started as a Kendallville ice cream factory in 1922, opened two Fort Wayne stores in 1956 at 3235 North Anthony Boulevard and 211 E. Tillman Road.
Atz ice cream plant closes, but Fort Wayne shops will remain by Bob Caylor published September 21, 2011 story and a similar article Atz leaving ice cream biz Restaurants to carry on after 90-year tradition ends by Sherry Slater published September 22, 2011 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. September 22, 2014 Atz's ice cream shop closes after more than 50 years by Frank Gray published September 22, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Atz's Ice Cream Closes Down After More Than Fifty Years In Business by Ian Hoover and Jeff Neumeyer published September 22, 2014 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. Atz’s Ice Cream Shoppe closes its doors by WANE Staff Report published September 22, 2014 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Atz's ice cream owner dies, 90 by Frank Gray published February 28, 2016 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See photos of Atz Ice Creamflavors photos posted January 14, 2017 and again August 7, 2017, Norman Atz photo and discussion February 10, 2017 and South Atz May 15, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook.