D Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Dahm Brothers Roofing

Dahm Brothers Roofing 85th anniversary on January 1, 2013

Dairies of Fort Wayne

Discussed July 12, 2017 starting with a dairy on Clinton Street before the split south of Target and Glenbrook Mall into Coldwater Road that became Hanchar Industrial Waste Management on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. KEVIN LEININGER: Does redevelopment of contaminated sites mean Fort Wayne has learned history’s hard lessons? published December 28, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspapersays it was the I.J. Recycling plant torn down in 1993 after a chemical reaction forced the evacuation of 3,000 people in a 20-block area September 9, 1986 near Glenbrook Mall leading to a $9 million government-led environmental clean-up. With the help of a $2.3 million city-backed bond, Hanchar Industrial Waste Management converted the former Wayne Dairy Co-op at 3651 N. Clinton St. into a recycling facility before selling to I.J. Recycling in 1985. But when I.J.’s owners declared bankruptcy following the 1986 incident, Allen County government took possession of the property for non-payment of taxes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took charge of the cleanup, declaring the plant a “superfund” site and spending about $8 million to remove contaminated soil. The EPA later billed GE and other companies millions of dollars because they had sent waste to I.J., and the county spent an additional $800,000 on remediation before it dropped plans to locate a juvenile detention facility there. Finally, in 2005, the county sold the vacant 5.3-acre site to Dar Highlen, whose porch and patio store is across the street, for $600,000. Listed for sale at nearly $1.4 million, it has been on the market ever since...

Davis Pontiac

Discussed April 2, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Davisson House

Homer Davisson dean of Indiana artists, died in 1957, had a studio at 331 W. Pontiac Street. See photos on Homer Davisson House blog. History vs. bureaucracy: Which will prevail? Studio of 'dean of Indiana artists' struggles for survival by Kevin Leininger published April 2, 2014 in the The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Dawson's Hot Dog Stand

A small round stand outside the Southern Heights Baptist Church at the corner of south Anthony and Rudisill boulevards for nearly half a century is one of those almost mythical Fort Wayne foods. It closed for good in the early 2000s and since then fans of the dogs have chased the sauce wherever it has popped up. Many people have claimed to have the recipe. None of the several owners actually owned the building. The building and the property it sat on was owned by the church. The late James Dawson Jr. and his wife, Virginia, bought the business in 1951, but they, and the three owners who followed, never had a lease or rent to pay. They just had to donate some of their profits – 7 to 10 percent, depending on who you ask – to the church. Tim Replogle family took over from the Dawsons in 1977. Copied from a longer article with more details called Dawsons giving sauce to city Brothers hope to clear air on recipe variations by Ryan Duvall published October 26, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Let's be frank: Memories can be savored even after iconic stand's demise by Kevin Leininger published June 10, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Photo and discussion August 18, 2017, several more photos August 25, 2017, Dawson search, and August 15, 2019 a similar Archer Root Beer stand was discussed with a copy of a 1990s Yesterdays column by Nancy Venderly published in the The News-Sentinel newspaperon You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Deister Machine Company

Founded in 1912, makes vibrating screens – equipment used to separate different sizes of gravel, sand, stone and coal. Deister co-owner marks 50 years Sherry Slater of The Journal Gazette newspaper October 23, 2012.

Devil's Hollow

See Lillian Lynn. The Story of Devil's Hollow (Vandola Road); Back in the early 50's, a couple in their teens were out on a date and about midnight they were on their way home and decided to take a shortcut down Vandola Rd. As they were driving down the road they heard a big pop sound. Flat tire. He pulled off the road and shaking his head he told her that he did not have a spare. He told her to lock the doors for he had to go for some help and he would be back shortly. An hour went by and he still hadn't come back. The wind was picking up and she kept hearing scratches on the top of the car from the branches. Another hour went by and he still hadn't returned. She opened the door...stepped out and ..he was hanging by his feet from the tree above the car. It was his fingernails scratching the top of the car. Two different conversations with comments July 7, 2012 and March 15, 2013 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. The Legend of Devils Hollow Fort Wayne, IN. Authored by The Hollows Tattoo & Art Festival discussion March 13, 2017 and general discussion July 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Didier Meats

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Diehm Museum

Closed in 2007 was one of The Seven Wonders of Fort Wayne by Michael Summers on Fort Wayne Reader. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, by Randolph L. Harter, Craig S. Leonard discussion August 2, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. January 17, 2017 discussion with photos on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Diffendarfer House

The Diffenderfer House located on DeWald Street near Saint Patrick’s Church was built in 1886. The Queen Anne-style home was designed and built by prominent Fort Wayne architects John F. Wing and Marshall S. Mahurin. Copied from 135-year-old south Fort Wayne home hoping for historic designation from City Council Tuesday published July 5, 2021 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Other buildings in Fort Wayne designed by the firm include John H. Bass Mansion, aka “Brookside,” on the Spring Street campus of the University of Saint Francis and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St. Because of its architectural significance, it meets one of the criteria under the Fort Wayne Historic Preservation and Protection ordinance. William Alcorn Diffenderfer bought the lot in Williams Addition in 1884, but it appears that Benjamin O. and Isabella Diffenderfer were owners of a home on the property in 1887 city directory. The widowed Isabella left the home to her son and he and his family lived there until around 1918. Christian and Ida Schwarze owned the home from around 1919 to 1971, and Steve Black brought the house in 1976 before marrying Yolande. Copied from July 7 - Fort Wayne City Council OKs historic status for house published July 6, 2021 by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

135-year-old south Fort Wayne home seeking historic designation published July 5, 2021 by CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15on YouTube

Doswell & Kover

We'll be the last to let you down 103rd anniversary on January 1, 2013

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Drive-in Movie Theaters

During their 1950s peak, there were more than 5,000 drive-in theaters across the country, but according to DriveInMovie.com there are fewer than 230 remaining. Indiana had 128 in 1955 but now has 19 [in 2020]. Allen County's first, the Fort Wayne Drive-in on Bluffton Road, opened in 1947 and was followed by the Lincolndale, the Hillcrest, the East 30 and the Sunset by 1954. The Hillcrest on Tillman Road (1987) and the East 30 (1991) were the last to close. The only area drive-ins remaining are the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In (it opened in 1951), the Huntington Twin Drive-In (1950) and Wabash's 13-24 Drive-In (1951). Copied from Drive-in theaters are facing tough season by Blake Sebring published April 23, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussion about a 1939 The Drive-in Theater, believed to have been located "somewhere close" to the old Fortmeyer's, near the intersection of 33 & W. Washington Road, by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, posted July 26, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Driving Park

In November of 1892 Frederick J. Hayden sold a portion of his property on the northern outskirts of Fort Wayne to a newly formed organization known as The Fort Wayne Driving Association. The 100 acres involved in the sale were originally a portion of the vast land holdings amassed by pioneer entrepreneur Samuel Hanna. The Driving Association included the wealthiest of Fort Wayne residents. On Thursday, October 9, 1902 more than 16,000 were on hand for the festivities which included Fort Wayne’s first auto race. Saturday, October 23, 1910 flying in the air above Driving Park, Miss Blanche Stuart Scott  became the first woman in America to make a solo public flight by airplane. Paraphrased from Fort Wayne Driving Park February 11, 2013 History Center Notes & Queries blogby Mark Meyer and The amazing flying Miss Blanche Scott by RICHARD BATTIN October 19, 1994 in the The News-Sentinel newspaper.com SUMMIT CITY HISTORY NOTES. Discussed September 5, 2017 and closeup of a part of a panorama photo of an August 1910 Fort Wayne Motorcycle Race at Old Driving Park was posted March 31, 2018 and April 27, 2018 a graphic overlayed a current map in You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Photo Fort Wayne Public Schools 1st Annual Field Day at The Driving Park Fort Wayne, IN at ACPL Digital Collections. A proposed historic district is bounded roughly by Vermont Avenue on the south, State Boulevard on the north, Florida Drive and East Drive. Although those streets don't seem correct when looking at a modern map. It is copied from KEVIN LEININGER: ‘Driving Park’ deserves to be remembered, and historic status would help published February 25, 2020 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Duck Alley

An interesting look back in time in an article titled The Inhabited Alleys of Fort Wayne--Duck Alley Is a Disgrace to City also on Fold3 on page 9 in the January 25, 1913 Fort Wayne Daily News newspaper is now the Headwaters Park area. It was posted and discussed January 1, 2020 byHistoric 07 District - Fort Wayne on Facebook. It is shown as Duck Street between Clinton Street and South Barr Street on the south side of Headwaters Park on current Google map. Recently Duck Street land strip transferred to Redevelopment Commission by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published August 14, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Was also mentioned in a comment May 22, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

Duck Creek

Now Duck Street - A large City Mill was built in 1842 near what is now between Clinton and Barr streets engulfed by the south end of Headwaters Park. Ole Duck Creek by Tom Castaldi published December 1, 2015 History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Duck Race

Weigand Construction Duck Race Raises money for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) formed in 1974. The Duck Race started in 1988 when plastic ducks sponsored by financial donations to raise money are released in June to float down the St. Joseph River with cash prizes for winners crossing the finish line. SCAN’s programs and services, directly affected more than 28,500 children and adults in 2011, reach 19 counties in northeast and north-central Indiana. WANE-TV and WMEE-FM 97.3 were media sponsors for the 2012 year’s race.

Dudlo Company

History of the Dudlo Manufacturing Company - Bates, Roy M 1965 Archive.org. “made Fort Wayne the magnet capital of the world”. George A. Jacobs, its owner, was a native of Dudley, Mass. and, in 1906, a “promising figure at Sherwin Williams”. As the market for the automobile was growing, existing wire was not capable of performing the job needed to help spark and fire engine components. The wire was too thick and the veneer cracked and peeled too easily. Jacobs worked for three years and finally came up with a “liquid mixture which made obsolete the tedious process of winding fine wire with cotton fabric…..The Old Fort News article “Wire Wizards” in the 1970 Vol. 33 No. 1 edition gives a more detailed description of the origins of magnet wire for those who are interested. From the Model T to Spacecraft from The History Center Blog Posted by August 7, 2012. Discussed January 26, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook

History of the Dudlo Manufacturing Company by Bates, Roy M; Keller, Kenneth B Publication date 1965 on Archive.org

Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.

(DWD) 74th anniversary on January 1, 2013


Discussed March 17, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group

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