A Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

AAA Auction Service

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.

Abbott Magnetic Mineral Well

The Abbott Magnetic Mineral Well by Daniel Beals on YouTube

Near the corner of what is now Edsall and Raymond Avenues, once sat a popular place of healing: the Abbott Magnetic Mineral Well. Hobbyist historian Mark Linehan spent months compiling obscure information after discovering the topic, during his research on the gas boom in Indiana. “In 1888, William T. Abbott… he owned al this land here,” Linehan said, gesturing to large acreage southeast of downtown Fort Wayne. “All the locales wanted to strike a natural gas well, because that’s essentially free power.” Nine deep bore wells were drilled, though no gas was found. But Abbott wasn’t close to giving up. “He was spending a lot of money and time and had experts come out. At one point, the newspapers started to kind of make fun of him for going so deep, and not finding gas,” he added. “Finally at about 1900 feet down — that’s pretty deep — he found a well of artisan water.” Is the first two lines for the video and of the article 21Country: The Abbott Magnetic Mineral Well Fort Wayne’s healing spa between 1888-1913 by Daniel Beale at ABC WPTA21.com TV station. The complete research of Mark Linehan, including maps, illustrations, photos and and more is Abbott Magnetic Mineral Well, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1888-1913) files at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Page 3 references the 26-page REPORT UPON THE GEOLOGY OF ALLEN COUNTY. by CHARLES R. DRYER, M. D available online at IUScholarWorks.iu.edu.

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 newspaperand 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... Private group on Facebook.

ACRES Land Trust

How did ACRES begin? posted Jun 29, 2018 by ACRES Land Trust on YouTubeHave you ever wondered why ACRES is always capitalized?

Website: https://acreslandtrust.org/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACRES.LT/. 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.

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African / African American Historical Society Museum of Allen County

436 East Douglas Avenue. Kachmann Gallery, 1301 Lafayette Street, on the corner of Douglas Avenue, founded in 2000, Facebook page. See Celebrate the African/African-American Historical Society’s Anniversary! by Renee M. published March 20, 2012 on the VisitFortWayne blog. Was part of a 2009 conference at the Allen County Public Library discussed in Genealogy gathering; 420 expected for conference, library's largest yet by Nick West published October 2, 2009 on The News-Sentinel newspaperon the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. African American Settlements in Indiana at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Aircraft Crashes

From an October 25, 2017 discussion about local airplane crashes at Baer Field on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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... Private group on Facebook.

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Allen County Children's Home

1913 Flood victims tombstone
The News-Sentinel newspaper photo

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 by Dawne posted March 22, 2013 mentions children drowning from the home also mentioned below including sources of information. 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 newspaperMarch 20, 2013 shows photo. 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

1840 Courthouse drawing never built
Front elevation of 1840 Courthouse plans (Never Built)
The History Centerimage

Is is one of two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. April 18, 2022 The History Centerposted 8 photos on Facebook. Stating: The first Allen County Courthouse, built in 1831, was deemed to be a safety hazard and was ordered to be replaced by county officers. In response county officials received plans in 1840 for a new courthouse. This building was to be in the Greek Revival style and be comprised of a central building with wings on either side. On the first floor were an entry hall and a large public meeting room in the middle and two offices in each wing. The second floor was comprised on two more offices in each wing and the courtroom. Though county court officials abandoned the building in 1841, officials decided to not use these plans and instead use temporary quarters, until the completion of a differently designed courthouse in 1847.

The current building opened in 1902 and is credited as one of the best Beaux Arts courthouses in the nation. The Courthouse Green, a one acre plaza on the east side of the Allen County Courthouse was dedicated on October 15, 1999. It was created when the block of buildings along Court Street were torn down. See Courthouse Green at FortWayneParks.org.

Guide to Allen County court house by Bond, Georgiana Wright, 1855-1942, Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 1953, an Archive.org

CountyLine: Allen County Courthouse: Part 1 published June 1, 2008 by allencountyinfo a YouTubevideo.
Short video tour of the Allen County Courthouse, Ft. Wayne, IN. Part 2.

  1. Allen County Courthouse Stop #4 on the Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). The Allen County Courthouse marker photos with Google maps Street View image, and more at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.
  2. 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.
  3. Designed with an eye on the future by the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, Inc.
  4. Photo of 1840's Court House Square August 9, 2012 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  5. 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... Private group on Facebook and again December 12, 2017 on Fort Wayne Food Tours.
  6. Specifications of work and materials required in the erection and completion of a new county court house, heating, lighting and power plant and tunnel in the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana by Allen County (Ind.). Board of Commissioners; Edsall, Clarence W Publication date 1896
  7. 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.
  8. 2002 Restoration Celebration Journal Gazette insert
  9. 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.
  10. “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.
  11. 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.
  12. See November 18, 1897 newspaper article, after cornerstone laid for Allen County Courthouse Tweet posted April 21, 2016 by The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  13. 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... Private group on Facebook.
  14. 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.
  15. Photos inside the dome and discussion March 22, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  16. It began with the pigeons, causing leaks in the roof discussed in Preserving history Restoration works against effects of time, nature by Jeff Wiehe published April 20th, 2017 in Fort Wayne Magazine.
  17. Primetime39 - May 19, 2017 Season 2017 Episode 1418 | 27m 33s Topic - Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust Guests - Robyn Zimmerman, Executive Director, Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust; Don Oxsee, Board Member, Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust
  18. David Shaw posted 100 Allen County Courthouse 2012 photos on February 19, 2018 generating dozens of comments on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  19. PrimeTime39 - August 9, 2019 Season 2019 Episode 26 | 26m 52s History of the Allen County Bar and Courts. Guests - Rachel Blakeman, Donald Doxsee, and Jack Lawson. This area’s only in-depth, live, weekly news, analysis and cultural update forum, PrimeTime 39 airs Fridays at 7:30pm. This program is hosted by PBS39’s President/General Manager Bruce Haines.

Allen County Fairgrounds

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.

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Allen County Jail

The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 an Archive.org. Middle of page 279 says the log jail stood until 1847 when it was destroyed by fire.

In 1847, the first Allen County Jail, constructed out of logs, was destructed by fire and no official action was taken to replace it. On April 7, 1849, exactly 173 years ago today, city council ordered the mayor to procure a building to be used as a jail. Subsequently a committee had a jail constructed for $270 on the northeast corner of Harrison and Berry Streets, while plans for a more permanent structure were considered. The new jail and sheriff’s residence was finally completed in 1852 at the cost of $4,955.34 and was located on Calhoun Street across from the current jail. Though there were several escapes from this new jail, it served the people of Allen County for 20 years until its successor was completed in 1872. Copied from April 8, 2022 Facebook post with photos by The History Center. 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.

Allen County Newspapers

ALLEN COUNTY NEWSPAPERS: A SHORT HISTORY of local newspapers back to 1838 by Justin Clark published April 18, 2017 on Hoosier State Chronicles Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program. 

Allen County Parks Department

Web site http://allencountyparks.org/and Facebook.

Allen County Penal Farm

Barracks photo in May 17, 1919 The News-Sentinel newspaperposted April 22, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Allen County Poor Farm

The Poor Farm School by the Waynedale News Staff published April 20, 2005 in The Waynedale News.com.

Allen County Public Library

ACPL has a web site, Facebook page, videoson Facebook, and a YouTube channel. ACPL is home of the The Genealogy Center, also with a Facebook page, videos on Facebook. The Lincoln Collection at ACPL has Lincoln at the Library Series of videos on Internet Archive. ACPL is the meeting location for the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Inc.. ACPL remodeled all their county branches starting in 2002, culminating with the May 2004 to December 2006 remodeling and expansion of the full city block main library at 900 Library Plaza, with a grand reopening January 27, 2007. Photos can be seen on Gwathemy Siegle & Associates Architects, Inc. of New York, library architecture wiki Celsus: Fort Wayne Central Library Remodel, and Kinexxions blog at the January 27, 2007 Grand Opening ceremonies. Earlier Carnegie library was torn down in the 20th Century. See Allen County Public Library, List of Carnegie libraries in Indiana on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopediaand INDIANA HAS MORE CARNEGIE LIBRARIES THAN ANY OTHER STATE on HoosierIndiana.com. See videos and more on our Library page.

Allen County Sheriff Department

Allen County Sheriff's Department officers down and Allen County Adult Probation Department officer down from the Officers Down Memorial Page.

Allen County School for the Feeble Minded

See the Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth.

Allen County Society for Crippled Children 

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... Private 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.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

May 1951 construction photo
ACW Coliseum photo

Designed by Alvin M. Strauss. 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 newspaperon 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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum : an address by Adams, Otto H; Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County. cn, 1954, an Archive.org
  3. How the Memorial Coliseum Was Built on their site.
  4. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is home to the Komets, the Mad Ants, and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.
  5. For 12 consecutive years, Memorial Coliseum has been named a “prime site” by Facilities Magazine. It was recently ranked 13th in the world for ticket sales among similar-sized venues in the industry’s leading publication, Venues Today. From Team behind Coliseum success Many hands help venue put on events, which boost area economy by Vivian Sade published September 15, 2013 on The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  6. On the Coliseum History page it says the coliseum was an idea in 1944 - see Allen County Community Album under construction photo and completed in September 1952 - see Allen County Community Album photo.
  7. 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.
  8. Facebook Timeline shows major concerts since 1952.
  9. 1952-2002 50 Years Rededication brochure
  10. Raising The Roof in 2002 when the coliseum was expanded and modernized.
  11. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum No. 4 In The World on Venues Today “Top Stop” List For December 2012 – January 2013.
  12. Unearthed plans for "City Coliseum" and "Victory Center" fascinate -- and stump -- historians Artifacts show county wanted to honor veterans long before Memorial Coliseum came along by Kevin Leininger published September 19, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  13. 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... Private group on Facebook.
  14. 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.

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Alro Steel

Al Glick started Alro Steel in 1948. See History and Philosophy - Alro Steel YouTubefrom their Alro Steel web site. 70th anniversary on January 1, 2013

Alt Heidelberg

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... Private 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.

American Legion

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 photo
Restoration 226 photo

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 Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library was posted for discussion May 5, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private 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.

Year book / The American Legion Department of Indiana by American Legion. Department of Indiana Publication date 1930 on Archive.org

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/

Anthony Hotel

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... Private 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.

Apple Tree

There is a 200+ year old Centennial Tree with a 1797-1987 plaque on Baker Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

An Old Apple Tree of Fort Wayne Lore (“Along the Heritage Trail with Tom Castaldi” – June 2015, No. 125) published September 13, 2016 on The History Centerblog is a fun read describing the appletree in what is now the Lakeside Neighborhood the birth location of Little Turtle and how it appeared in many publications in the 19th century.

Page 22 shows The Old Apple Tree in the History of Fort Wayne from the earliest know accounts of this point, to the present period Embracing an extended view of the aboriginal tribes of the Northwest, including, more especially, the Miamies ... with a sketch of the life of General Anthony Wyane; including also a lengthy biography of ... pioneer settlers of Fort Wayne. Also an account of the manufacturing, mercantile, and railroad interests of Fort Wayne and vicinity by Wallace A Brice with an 1868 historic apple tree drawing.

Page 492 in 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 Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891, Publication date 1896, an Archive.org

Shown as Stop #51 Tacumwah & the “Old Apple Tree” on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Heritage Trail Kekionga map. 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. This apple tree image was discussed May 13, 2015 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Page 161 shows four stanzas of a poem Ode to the old apple tree in Little Turtle (Me-she-kin-no-quah) the great chief of the Miami Indian nation; being a sketch of his life, together with that of William Wells and some noted descendants by Young, Calvin M., 1851-, Publication date 1917, an Archive.org.

The apple tree is discussed on pages 738-739 in Harper's New Monthly Magazine Volume 24 December 1861 to May 1862, Publication date 1862, an Archive.org.

XVL--The Miami Apple-tree At the junction of the St. Mary and St. Joseph rivers, where they form the Maumee River, or Miami of the Lakes, in Indiana, is a rich plain — so rich that Indian corn has been raised upon the same field for a hundred consecutive years without exhausting the soil. It is oppo- site the city of Fort Wayne, that stands upon the site of the Indian village of Ke-ki-on-ga. There was once one of the most noted villages of the Miami tribe of Indians ; and there Afish- i-ki-nak-iva, or Little Turtle, the famous Miami chief, was born and lived until late in life. He and his people have long since passed away, and only a single living thing remains with which they were associated. It is a venerable Apple Tree, still bearing fruit when I visited it late in September, 1860. It is from a seed doubtless dropped by some French priest or trader in early times. It was a fruit-bearing tree a hundred years ago, when Pc-she-wa (Wild Cat) or Rich- ardville, the successor of Little Turtle, was born under it; and it exhibits now — with a trunk more than twenty feet in diameter, seamed and scarred by age and the elements — remarkable vigor. Glimpses of the city of Fort Wayne may be seen from the old Apple-Tree ; and around it are clustered memories of stirring scenes near the close of the last century, when American A short distance from Little Turtle's village, in another direction, lies a beautiful and fertile plain, between the St. Mary and St. Joseph, op- posite Fort Wayne. There, in a garden, near an apple-orchard planted by Captain Wells, the white brother-in-law of Little Turtle (who was killed at Chicago in 1812), is the grave of the chief. That orchard is the oldest in Northern Indiana, having been planted in 1804. Little Turtle commanded the Miamis at the defeat of St. Clair, in the autumn of 1791. He was also in command in the battle with Wayne, at the Fallen Timbers, in 1794. He was not a chief by birth, but by election, on account of personal merits. He died in 1812, when Co-is-see, his nephew, pronounced a funeral oration at his grave. Volney, the eminent French traveler and philosopher, became acquainted with Little Turtle in Philadelphia, in 1797, two years after he led his people in making the final treaty of peace with Wayne, at Greenville. By his assistance Volney made a vocabulary of the Miami language. While in Philadelphia Little Turtle sat for his portrait, and alternated with an Irish gentleman. They were both fond of joking, and sometimes pushed each other pretty hard. On one occasion, when they met at the artist's studio, the chief was very sedate, and said but little. The Irish gentleman told him that he was defeated in badinage, and did not wish to talk. (They talked through an interpreter.) Little Turtle replied, "He mistakes; I was just thinking of proposing to this man to paint us both on one board, and then I would stand face to face with him, and blackguard him to all eternity !"

Patriarch of Fort Wayne's Apple Trees on page 154 of Pamphlets Volume 8 by the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Publication date 1954, an Archive.org
On page 11 of the book: The patriarch of Fort Wayne's apple trees was bearing fruit long before General Wayne appeared on the scene. When Chief Richardville of the Miami Indians was born in a hut near the tree in 1761, the apple tree stood in the midst of the Miami village, Kekionga. The city grew and prospered; late in the nineteenth century the venerable tree perished at an estimated age of one hundred and fifty years. Although the exact location is unknown, it stood in the Lakeside residential district of Fort Wayne. An article in the May, 1862, issue of HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE reveals that the trunk of the ancient tree measured twenty feet in diameter in I860.

As The History Centerblog at the beginning of this section on the apple tree discusses is how popular it was in the literature of the time. My first encounter was in the 1990s when I (Stan Follis) read about this large apple tree on page 616 in the book Genealogical records of the Royer family in America published in 1928. There seems to be some question about the correct parents and age of George Royer and conflicts whether his age was 90 or almost 100 from different newspaper obituaries raising the question whether this appletree story was even true, and if not why was it in the book at all? As The History Centerblog An Old Apple Tree of Fort Wayne Lore indicates this appletree was a popular topic of folklore for the time indicating that perhaps George Royer was a story teller and maybe why it was included in this Royer family history book.

Genealogical records of the Royer family in America or more especially those of Sebastian Royer's family : Based on original records of Michael Zug by Francis, Jay Gottwals, 1870-, Publication date 1928, an Archive.org.
A large apple tree, perhaps the largest in Indiana, stood about half a mile out from Fort Wayne. One day Wayne from the fort noticed an Indian climb up into the apple tree. He said to George Royer: “Go bring my little pocket piece and I will drop that red d — out of that apple tree.” The pocket piece was brought, Wayne aimed, and the Indian was seen to drop out.

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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 ABC WPTA21.com TV station21Country video.

  1. 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.
    1. Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
    2. Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
    3. Kekionga Trail 11 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
    4. South Central Trail 12 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
    5. West Central Trail 17 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)
  2. Annual “Most Endangered” list and ARCHie award winners
  3. ARCH announces 2014 endangered list May 5, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. ARCH releases list of endangered sites with video May 6, 2014 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Archbishop Noll House

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.

Armstrong Flowers

Website: www.armstrongflower.com, Facebook page, founded by Helen M. Armstrong who worked until age 90 and lived to age 100. In Memory of Helen M. Armstrong November 14, 1914 - April 3, 2015 obituary at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home.

Aron's Oriental Rug Gallery

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 ABC WPTA21.com 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... Private group on Facebook.

Asher Agency

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

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Atz Ice Cream

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 ABC WPTA21.com 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... Private group on Facebook.

Aunt Millie's Bakery

The iconic Sunbeam Bread sign in Fort Wayne, IN from Nicholas Giacalone on Vimeo.

350 Pearl Street. Started in 1901 by J.B. Franke as the Fort Wayne Biscuit Company. In early 1900s became Perfection Biscuit Company. In 1944 became a member of Quality Bakers of America (QBA) and began baking Sunbeam Bread. Name changed in 2005 to Aunt Millies, see History The Aunt Millie’s Story on the Aunt Millies website. See December 2, 2014 Aunt Millie's Bread post on Facebook. See Bakery rises to occasion by Terri Richardson published January 15, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Aunt Millie’s Bakery Outlet on Downtown Improvement District tumblr. Known for their 1957 iconic rotating Sunbeam bread sign discussed November 21, 2013 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. July 28, 2017 video of rotating Sunbeam bread slices on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Aunt Millie’s bakery in downtown Fort Wayne to close Over 90 employees will be affected; iconic sign to remain published November 6, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. A sign of continuity published November 8, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. KEVIN LEININGER: List of ingredients in Aunt Millie’s closing is long and complex explains the closing by Keving Leininger published November 11, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Sweetwater Sound buys Aunt Millie’s Bakery in downtown Fort Wayne by Kevin Leininger published October 8, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Historic photos and more on Aunt Millie's Bakery, Fort Wayne, IN by Aaron J. Cunningham published on October 24, 2007 on YouTube

Automotive & Industrial Supply Co., Inc.

Serving Fort Wayne with 3 NAPA locations 58th anniversary on January 1, 2013.

Aveline Hotel

The hotel was built in 1863 at the southeast corner of Calhoun and Berry streets by Francis Aveline.  Fire May 3, 1908 killed 12 people. The main entrance was on Berry Street with a Ladies Entrance on Calhoun Street. From Death of the Aveline House by KEVIN LEININGER from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. The hotel underwent many name changes over the years but ultimately kept the Aveline name. according to ‘For God's sake … get out!' 100 years pass since fire guts Aveline hotel by Kim Metzger published May 1, 2008 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See discussion and Allen County Public Libraryphoto on January 23, 2014 Throwback Thursdays and September 11, 2014 on Downtown Fort Wayne on Facebook. See photo posted July 18, 2015 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookand May 3, 2017 by Allen County Public Libraryon Facebook. See 18 Aveline Hotel photos on the Allen County Community Album. Photo and history of the 1890 Fritz Hotel probably in the same building was discussed May 21, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Azar's Big Boy Drive In Restaurants

Azar family opened their first restaurant opened in 1954. By 1973 they had 27 restaurants including 22 Azar's in Indiana and Colorado, Char Kings, Moonraker and Fat Fritz's from a letter posted in a March 4, 2019 discussion with photos and over 100 comments, January 12, 2017, February 10, 2017, 1960s-1970s cruising July 2, 2017, Big Boy photo August 2, 2017 and general Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

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