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... Archived group on Facebook.

A. C. Mannweiler - Anthony Wayne Lamp Company

One of the first companies to advertise tungsten filament lamps for Christmas light use, they later changed their name to Anthony Wayne Lamp Company. A November 16, 2022 post on Facebook by The History Center with over 20 photos stated: Christmas lights have played an important role in Fort Wayne’s history, from the manufacture of lights by A. C. Mannweiler and the Anthony Wayne Lamp Co., to the lit Wolf & Dessauer Santa and the Fantasy of Lights. Lighting is a relatively new addition to holiday décor. The trend of lit Christmas trees did not take hold until the 19th century. In 1856, President Franklin Pierce displayed the first Christmas tree at the White House, which was lit with candles. The first use of electric Christmas lights can be traced to 1882, when an associate of Edison, Edward H. Johnson, created a display on his Christmas tree. In 1895, the White House featured its first electrically lit tree, and by 1900 businesses began using string lights in shop windows. It was not until the 1930s that the average American was able to afford electric Christmas lights. Through the remainder of the 20th century, Christmas lights increased in popularity, and lighting displays appeared on houses, buildings, and in public places, becoming ever more elaborate and festive. Visit the History Center to see our new temporary exhibit “Christmas Lights.”

Manufacturers Histories at OldChristmasTreeLights.comhas a comment stating: Dick Cook visited this site recently, and wrote to offer the following details about the A.C. Mannweiler Company: "I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the A.C. Mannweiler shop was up on the corner from where we lived. Mr. Mannweiler had passed away before I was born, but I knew his only daughter, and everybody called her Mrs. B. She and her husband took over the business after Mr. Mannweiler died. I remember as a child going to their store with my parents where I would get them to purchase some of the Mannweiler miniature based Christmas lamps. I believe Mrs. B and her husband continued to make at least some of the Mannweiler Christmas lamps into 1940 or 1941. As of August, 2001, the building where the company was still stands." "After Mrs. B died, her only living relative gave me her personal papers which has some data pertaining to the Mannweiler Company, including advertising pamphlets and a photograph of Mrs. B as a child with her mother and father alongside a Christmas tree festooned with Mannweiler lamps. Among the papers was a patent number for a design patent for a Christmas candle lamp." Here is a picture of that 1921 patent.

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... Archived 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... Archived group on Facebook.

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Allen County Children's Home

Bodies of the Orphans Found
May 29, 1913
Fort Wayne News

Was on Bluffton Road in 1917 across from what is now Quimby Village. Designed by Marshall S. Mahurin. 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.

See also Allen County Orphan's Home, Allen County Poor Farm, Fort Wayne Children's Home, Fort Wayne Developmental Center, and St. Vincent Villa Catholic Orphanage.

  1. The Orphan's Home, opened in 1842 from page 360 in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River , was on the southwest corner of Webster and Wayne, with Bernard Rekers, Director in the 1858 Fort Wayne City Directory.
  2. 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.
  3. May 29, 1913 Fort Wayne News newspaper article.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 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.

Allen County Courthouse

Street View photo from Google map with user submitted photos including The Courthouse Green monument

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

715 South Calhoun Street - Google map. It is one of two National Historic Landmarks in Allen County. 8 photos were posted April 18, 2022 by The History Center 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 opening was dedicated September 23, 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. See September 22, 2022 post with nearly 20 photos by The History Center on Facebook.

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John McGauley photograph IMG_3662 of the Allen County Courthouse posted May 29, 2008 on flickr
John is a local photographer and county official who works in and has created an Allen County Courthouse Album with dozens of photographs

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John McGauley photograph IMG_1830 inside the Allen County Courthouse posted March 25, 2008 on flickr
John is a local photographer and county official who works in and has created an Allen County Courthouse Album with dozens of photographs

Guide to Allen County court house by Bond, Georgiana Wright, 1855-1942, Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 1953, on 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. Entered on the Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Courthouse was further distinguished in 2003 as a National Historic Landmark at AllenCountyCourtHouse.org.
  3. NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK NOMINATION NPS Form 10-900 USDI/NPS NRHP Registration Form (Rev. 8-86) OMB No. 1024-0018 ALLEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE 22 page form.
  4. 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.
  5. Designed with an eye on the future by the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, Inc.
  6. ALLEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE 1897–1902, Brentwood S. Tolan, at SAH, Society of Archetechural Historians. Tolan-designed county courthouses in Indiana by Ramsey, Holly B; Seager, Andrew R 2008, Thesis (M.S.H.P.)--Ball State University, 2008.
  7. Photo of 1840's Court House Square August 9, 2012 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  8. 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 authoron You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebookand again December 12, 2017 on Fort Wayne Food Tours.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 2002 Restoration Celebration Journal Gazette insert
  12. 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.
  13. “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.
  14. 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.
  15. See November 18, 1897 newspaper article, after cornerstone laid for Allen County Courthouse Tweet posted April 21, 2016 by The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  16. 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... Archived group on Facebook.
  17. 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.
  18. Photos inside the dome and discussion March 22, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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... Archived group on Facebook.
  22. 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 Courthouse Green

715 South Calhoun Street, the historical Court Street was vacated to create the Courthouse Green. It was dedicated October 15, 1999. The Courthouse Green is one acre of lush grass and landscaping on the east side of the Allen County Courthouse in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. See photo of The Courthouse Green monument on Google map.

  1. Courthouse Green at City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation
  2. Courthouse Green photos at Google images
  3. November 3, 2022 share of a November 3, 2016 post with two photos including the October 15, 1999 plaque by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook shared on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Allen County Fairground

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

101 E Superior St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: (260) 449-7376 

Website: http://www.allencountysheriff.org/jail/, Mailing Address for Allen County Jail: 417 S. Calhoun St.

Allen County Sheriff website: http://www.allencountysheriff.org/

Google map photo from Street View

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 on 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.

See Jailhouse Flats.

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 Jail: Chained to the past, ordered to improve This series from The Journal Gazette looks at issues surrounding the Allen County Jail as officials deal with a court order to improve conditions. Dozens of links to previous articles dated as early as April 2, 2022 on The Journal Gazette 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 Orphan's Home

Page 525, 1892 Allen County Orphans' Home in 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 on Archive.org

The Orphan's Home is item #88 on Griswold's birdseye view of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana indexed for ready reference zoomable map at the The Library of Congress with a closeup image posted August 20, 2022 posted by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author on Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook. It is also online as Griswold's birdseye view of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana indexed for ready reference by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Hixon, W. W Publication date 1907 on Archive.org. Both Birdseye maps are found on our Maps page.

The Allen County Orphans' Home once stood where Indian Village Park sits today. This, as the name states, was a home for children who would be placed with willing parents. Today is a short history of this orphanage. In 1894 a private, non-profit, charitable corporation was formed by the citizens of Fort Wayne. This voluntary association had shareholders, each of whom paid $1 per share to support what would become the "Allen County Orphans' Home." Seeking a location, the Board led by Thomas Ellison worked with the County to construct a building on the grounds of the then-current poor farm. Ellison, a prominent city attorney, served as an Indiana state senator from 1896 to 1899, helping to author many Indiana laws requiring care for dependent children.

From November 19, 1894, to April 1, 1920, the expense of maintaining and operating the home for orphans was borne and met by association. The amounts paid to the association by the County for the care of children were barely sufficient and were sometimes insufficient to meet the cost of food alone. To pay all the expenses of maintaining the home, the voluntary association was accustomed to soliciting contributions and help from the public. Unfortunately, it became too much to bear, and the Orphans' Home ceased operations by ceding maintenance and control to the Allen County Board of Commissioners.

Shortly after, in 1925, the City and Suburban Building Company purchased the land, which included the poor farm and orphanage. Eventually, while building Indian Village, the Company traded the 10.5-acre area back to the County in exchange for the city funding the swinging suspension bridge across the St. Mary's River. The only known remains of the original orphanage are the brick buildings in the Indian Village Park today and the Waynedale United Methodist Church. The Church purchased one of the buildings, dismantled it, and used the bricks for their future congregation in Waynedale around 1927.  Copied from an August 20, 2022 post by Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook. Some of this information is in the legal case Most Reverend Noll v. Lincoln National Bank & Trust Co., 117 Ind. App. 554 (1946) Dec. 12, 1946 · Appellate Court of Indiana · No. 17, 422 117 Ind. App. 554 In re Lowe's Estate Most Reverend John F. Noll, etc., et al. v. The Lincoln National Bank and Trust Co. of Ft. Wayne, etc., et al. Rehearing Denied March 6, 1947. Transfer Denied October 8, 1947. at Caselaw Access Project at Harvard Law School.

See Fort Wayne Orphan Home, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, 1908 at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

See orphan search results at the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. Catholic Orphan Home for Girls (St. Vincent Villa Catholic Orphanage?) and Fort Wayne Orphan Home of the Reformed Church appear and need clarification as to where and if any other names?

See also Allen County Children's Home, Allen County Poor Farm, Fort Wayne Children's Home, Fort Wayne Developmental Center, and St. Vincent Villa Catholic Orphanage.

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, County Asylum, Poor Asylum

County Asylum also known as the Poor Farm is on page 54 of the History of Allen County, Indiana. Publication date 1880 on Archive.org

The Poor Farm is item #74 on Griswold's birdseye view of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana indexed for ready reference zoomable map at the The Library of Congress with a closeup image posted August 20, 2022 posted by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author on Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook. It is also online as Griswold's birdseye view of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana indexed for ready reference by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Hixon, W. W Publication date 1907 on Archive.org. Both Birdseye maps are found on our Maps page.

Also known as the County Asylum. The Allen County “Poor Farm,” as it was originally called, was established in 1853 and was first located in the wilderness of section 29 of Wayne Township (in the area of present-day Elmhurst High School, north of Lower Huntington Road). In that year George L. Parker was employed to keep the paupers at the Poor Farm for an annual sum of $600, and John A. Robinson was retained to build a house for the inmates for $750. These facilities were enlarged in 1854 and again, extensively, in 1860, during the directorship of James M. Read. In these years the director was required to furnish a team of horses, a wagon and harness, four cows and such farming equipment as would be necessary. The county, in exchange, paid Read $800 and furnished clothing and provisions for the inmates.

In 1864, at the height of the Civil War, the entire facility was moved closer to Fort Wayne. An infirmary was built as the centerpiece to the new farm, in the area just west of the present-day Bluffton Road Bridge, in what today is known as the Indian Village neighborhood and the Quimby Village Shopping Center. The new infirmary building was completed in June 1865, for $14,468, and James Read, the former overseer of the Poor Farm, was named Superintendent of the Allen County Asylum, as it was now called.

Expansion of the infirmary space was again required in 1871, and under Superintendent John Spice provisions were made to offer care "for the convenience and better management of the different classes of inmates" (History of Allen County, 1880, p.54). This is the facility that, in 1902, William Johnston came to superintend. Today, in Allen County, the descendant of the old county Poor Farm and Asylum is the Irene Byron Health Center. Behind the Main Building and connected to it with a covered porch was the Insane Ward. North of the Main Building was the Power House and Laundry. South of the Main Building was the Bakery and farther south were the horse and cattle barns, the horse barn being nearest the road. Copied from I WAS RAISED AT THE POOR FARM posted March 9, 2005 in The Waynedale News.com. Most of the same text is found including photos on Allen County Infirmary at Asylum Projects.org.

The Poor Farm was later moved to Lima & Carroll Roads, next to Irene Byron from an August 21, 2022 comment by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author on Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook.

See also Allen County Children's Home, Allen County Orphan's Home, Fort Wayne Children's Home, Fort Wayne Developmental Center, and St. Vincent Villa Catholic Orphanage.

  1. Allen County Poor Asylum Registers, 1853-1939 at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  2. Allen County Poor Asylum Registers, 1933-1963 at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  3. It is discussed a few times in a poor farm search of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River Volume 1 by B. J. Griswold on Archive.org.
  4. Stuck in the Poorhouse: The Complexity of Poverty by Tom Mackie posted on July 25, 2018 on the Indiana History Blog by Indiana Historical Bureau.
  5. The Poor Farm was discussed in several articles by The Waynedale News.com Staff. They have lots of interesting history articles on their Waynedale History page.
    1. I WAS RAISED AT THE POOR FARM posted March 9, 2005. The following is a memoir written in 1986 by Carl C. Johnston, a reprint from the Old Fort News 1986, provided by The History Center, Fort Wayne courtesy of Marilyn Horrell. The memoir, which includes some recollections of his aunt, Gladys Marie Young of Fort Wayne, concerns his youth at the Allen County Asylum under the superintendency of Carl’s grandfather, William H. Johnston, who governed the institution from 1908 to 1920. THE ALLEN COUNTY ASYLUM The Allen County “Poor Farm,” as it was originally called, was established in 1853 and was first located in the wilderness of section 29 of Wayne Township (in the area of present-day Elmhurst High School, north of Lower Huntington Road).
    2. THE POOR FARM SCHOOL I WAS RAISED AT THE POOR FARM - Continued by Cindy Cornwell posted March 23, 2005. The following is a memoir written in 1986 by Carl C. Johnston, a reprint from the Old Fort News 1986, provided by The History Center, Fort Wayne courtesy of Marilyn Horrell. The memoir, which includes some recollections of Carl C. Johnston’s aunt, Gladys Marie Young of Fort Wayne, concerns his youth at the Allen County Asylum under the superintendency of Carl’s grandfather, William H. Johnston, who governed the institution from 1908 to 1920.
    3. THE POOR FARM SCHOOL The Main Building posted April 6, 2005.
    4. THE POOR FARM SCHOOL Power Plant posted April 20, 2005
  6. The county home in Indiana : a forgotten response to poverty and disability by Hassett, Kayla at Ball State University. ABSTRACT: The county home is a rapidly disappearing building type in Indiana. Also known as the poorhouse, poor asylum, or county farm, the county home was Indiana’s first unified response to poverty and disability. County homes were built in each of Indiana’s ninety-two counties, but today, over half of these buildings either sit vacant or have been demolished. This thesis includes a survey of Indiana’s remaining county homes, recording forty-eight buildings in forty-seven counties. Information regarding each building’s architectural significance, condition, and current use is noted. Though reuse can be difficult, often due to large building size or rural location, it is possible. Several successful examples of adaptive reuse of county homes exist across the state, as this thesis illustrates. See her 353 page paper with photos THE COUNTY HOME IN INDIANA: A FORGOTTEN RESPONSE TO POVERTY AND DISABILITY A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE MASTER OF SCIENCE HISTORIC PRESERVATION BY KAYLA HASSETT (VERA A. ADAMS) BALL STATE UNIVERSITY MUNCIE, INDIANA MAY 2013.
  7. County homes, once known as "poor asylums" posted September 1, 2018 on the Archives of Hoosier History Live podcast on Saturdays, noon to 1 p.m. ET on WICR 88.7 FM introduction starts with: In 1816, the first Indiana Constitution required counties "to provide one or more farms to be an asylum for those persons who by reason of age, infirmity or other misfortunes may have a claim upon the beneficence of society." Jim Glass.By the 1850s, "poor asylums" (as they were called then) had been opened in all 92 counties. According to Indianapolis-based historic preservationist Jim Glass, most of these residences - which later came to be known as county homes - had an adjacent farm. The houses were adapted to shelter the indigent and elderly; sometimes orphans and people with mental illnesses stayed in them as well. Most of the county homes closed after the creation of Social Security during the 1930s. But ten continue to operate across Indiana to this day.
  8. In the nineteenth century, Indiana’s plan for caring for the poor and disabled centered on the development of poor farms, where people in need could work in exchange for housing and food. All 92 counties created poor farms between 1831 and 1860, but as federal agencies supplanted them, county homes gradually lost their purpose, leaving county governments and private owners struggling to find new uses for the historic complexes. Today, only 47 remain. ⁠In 2014, Indiana Landmarks supported a multiple property National Register nomination for all of Indiana’s county homes, paving the way for individual homes to be listed, Copied from a August 27, 2022 post by Indiana Landmarks on Facebook. The status of the 2014 project is unknown.

IGS Presentation on Poor Farms May 2022 posted May 4, 2022 by Indiana Genealogical Society on Facebook.

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. An October 14, 2022 post about Allen County Sheriffs and Fort Wayne Police by The History Center on Facebook.

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... Archived 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

Google map photo from Street View.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN promo reel posted Sep 5, 2013 by ACWMC on YouTube

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the tri-state area's leading sports, entertainment and tradeshow facility, hosting over 1,000,000 visitors annually. Serving northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan, the 80-acre Memorial Coliseum and Expo Center complex is host to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL), the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA D-League) and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls (WFTDA). The facility also hosts national concerts, family shows, business and consumer events, the area's largest tradeshows and private gatherings. For more information, visit www.memorialcoliseum.com. (Video production by Mission3 Media)

May 1951 construction photo
May 1951 construction of Coliseum photo

4000 Parnell Avenue, http://www.memorialcoliseum.com/ (260) 482-9502. 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 ACPL Presents: Historical Footage Of Allen County -  Show 13719 by Access Fort Wayne public television at the Allen County Public Library. The ceremony 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 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 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, on Archive.org

  3. How the Memorial Coliseum Was Built from History on their website http://www.memorialcoliseum.com/about-us/history.
  4. The idea behind the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum began in 1944, when the Fort Wayne Junior Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Jaycees) began discussing a proposal "to undertake a project to build a field house in Fort Wayne and dedicate it as a war memorial." Then, buildings in the area were too small to house larger community functions such as sports events and concerts.

    The Jaycees, and their wives, worked hard to to garner public support for the project by passing out handbills door to door and distributing buttons to schoolchildren that read "We Want the War Memorial Coliseum." As the country was involved in World War II, the idea of a permanent memorial to Allen County's war heroes appealed to many residents. A county-wide referendum on the Memorial Coliseum passed, despite the $3 million price tag, which was considered a huge sum.

    The Allen County commissioners started by purchasing the site - a prime piece of real estate at California Road and Parnell Avenue, near two farms, Johnny Appleseed Park and highway US 30 being constructed nearby (now Coliseum Boulevard). After securing needed financing through a bond issue, the commissioners broke ground for the project in January 1950. Upon completion in September 1952, a dedication ceremony was held, with 24 area veterans' organizations and 10,000 people attending.

    20 page History Program

    Historical Concert List since the first show in 1952 to the present

    Program from Grand Re-Opening on November 9, 2002

  5. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is home to the Komets, the Mad Ants, and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.
  6. 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.
  7. Allen County Community Album under construction photo and completed in September 1952 - see Allen County Community Album photo.
  8. 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.
  9. Facebook Timeline shows major concerts since 1952.
  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 authorgenerating 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... Archived 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... Archived 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 Librarywas posted for discussion May 5, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived 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 authorand postcard discussion October 7, 2017 and several ACPL photos March 13, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived 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.

Anthony Wayne Washers

New Anthony Wayne Washer shown on age 415 of The Iron Age 1889-03-14: Vol 43 Publication date 1889-03-14 on Archive.org
Was mention on page VII in the 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog from 4 mentions on page VII, II, 9, and 10 in Anna, Washing Poems by Ted Genoways, 2008

Over 30 photos of various washing methods including Anthony Wayne Washers were posted June 28, 2022 by on Facebook. The first photo in the post was Anthony Wayne Washers showing the cover of a 26 page publication The New Improved "Anthony Wayne Washer." Publication: Buffalo: CM Dunston Lith,1892, was offered for sale, but marked sold in 2022 by Buckinghambooks.com states: 24 mo, 3-1/2" x 5-3/4" pictorial wrappers, 26 pp. (including the covers), illustrated. The Anthony Wayne Manufacturing Co. is in Fort Wayne, IN. The company claims to make their washing machines the best, most efficient, and most valuable washing machines in the country keeping their high standard of excellency that they've gained during the past six years. The Anthony Wayne Washer was first produced in 1886 and in a five year time period 65,000 units have been sold. The front cover is a lithograph of a woman cooking while her oldest child is running the Anthony Wayne Washer while reading, along with a toddler sitting on the floor, creating a happy family atmosphere. The rear cover is a lithograph of another manufacturer's washer and total chaos. On the inside front cover there is an illustration of The New Improved "Anthony Wayne Washer." There are illustrations and descriptions of the following: The Western Star Washer, The New Improved "Western Star Washer," Different Parts of the Gearing, Interior View of No. 2 & 3 Anthony Wayne Washers, and Interior View of No. 1 Anthony Wayne Washer. There are 16 pages containing satisfied dealer and customer testimonial reviews. There is another illustration of The New Improved "Western Star Washer" from a different angle on the inside rear wrapper. Stamped twice with the name Stockton & Allen, General Hardware in the body of the text, else a fine, bright copy of an elusive item. Page 64 of the September 16, 1893 The Metal Worker shows the price at $42.00 per dozen.

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ARCH

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 CBS 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.

Art

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... Archived 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 CBS 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... Archived 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... Archived 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... Archived 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... Archived group on Facebook.

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