F Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Fairfield-Nestel Mansion

815 W. Creighton has been a home to a "giant" in Fort Wayne history and a home to "little people" who were internationally renowned on the stage. Captain Asa Fairfield came to Fort Wayne from Maine in 1833 with a princely sum of $30,000. He would eventually purchase the land and build this house. In 1880, Charles Nestel purchased the home. His son Charles and daughter Eliza, who were little people, traveled the United States and Europe as "Commodore Foote" and the "Fairy Queen".

  1. ARCH Facebook photo of The Fairfield-Nestel Mansion on Facebook. .
  2. Lots of information in Hard times hide storied history Repairs planned for 1860s Creighton house built by canal skipper by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published September 2, 2007 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  3. Once home to wealth and fame, it had been marked for demolition. A column by Kevin Leininger published May 5, 2007 in The News-Sentinel newspaperreprinted on the web page Colorful past wins house a reprieve. on the website Munson, Underwood, Horn, Fairfield and Allied Families.
  4. Will third time prove the charm for efforts to save colorfully historic house? Creighton Avenue house was once home to canal captain, world-famous dwarfs by Kevin Leininger published April 16, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  5. Structurally sound, its future teeters Realtor vows to save historic house by Rosa Salter Rodriquez published February 28, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  6. Campaign underway to save historic Fairfield-Nestel Mansion by Lisa Esquivel Long published Saturday, June 24, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  7. Great Depression-era memories recall another use of Fairfield-Nestel House It served for about 10 years as a hospital for the ill, elderly and disabled. 815 W. Creighton Ave. — it served from about 1923 to 1933 as Anthony Wayne Hospital for Old People and Invalids. The research findings also provide a glimpse of what appeared to have been a difficult life for the hospital's matron, Anna F. Lepper. Much more in the article with no author listed, published July 20, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  8. Read some history of the family and the house from Brad Nestel a descendant of the Nestel family posted July 21, 2017, July 24, 2017 with photos with discussion July 26, 2017of the house before it was torn down on Joe Real Estate Renovations on Facebook.
  9. Was torn down August 7-8, 2017 and discussed August 8, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  10. City begins demolition of historic Fairfield-Nestel Mansion with videos by Angelica Robinson published: August 8, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15their Facebook page.
  11. Historic Fairfield-Nestel House demolished Over the years, several owners had tried unsuccessfully to restore the house. was published August 8, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  12. August 9, 2017 commentary by Joe Real Estate Rennovations on Facebook.
  13. Fairfield-Nestel House demolition upsets owner by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published August 10, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  14. 19 photos and some history of the home were posted July 11, 2018 by Dan Baker on Facebook.

Fairfield Manor

Fairfield Manor Fairfield Manor Image 1927.

This article was written for and is courtesy of Fort Wayne Reader newspaper.

Olaf Nikolaus Guldlin, the president of the Fairfield Manor Realty Co., had been the founder in 1888 of the successful Western Gas Construction Company on Winter Street in Fort Wayne. Western Gas manufactured and constructed large gas producing plants for cities throughout the country that did not yet have natural gas piped to them. Guldlin and his investors sold Western Gas to the Koppers Corp. of Pittsburgh, PA in January of 1921.

Eleven months later, in December of 1921, his announcement of the proposed construction of the city’s first suburban high-rise luxury apartment building, at a cost of $750,000., was heralded in The Fort Wayne Sentinel. However, it would be another seven years before the building at 2301 Fairfield at Creighton Avenues would actually be completed in January of 1928. Part of the reason for this was that the area surrounding the project was an upper class neighborhood of opulent homes and there was significant opposition from nearby residents to the building. Interestingly, the Guldlin’s own grand residence was across the street (southwest corner) at 2306 Fairfield. A Speedway gas station now sits on part of the property that was his former home.

Utilizing a combination of Craftsman and Classic elements, Fairfield Manor was designed by at that time, the city’s most prominent architect, Charles R. Weatherhogg. Today, nearly 90 years later, the well maintained seven story building remains much the same and has 70 studio, one, two bedroom and larger custom apartments. At the time the building was completed, the rents were as follows: three-room apartment, $77.50; four-room, $105.00; and five-room at $124.00 per month. The apartments included gas ranges, electric refrigerators, and each was furnished with a “Murphy” bed that pivoted out of the wall.

The ground floor included a ladies reception room, lounge and card room, café-tea room, banquet room, large main kitchen, and a beauty shop. The building was originally to have a roof-top garden, and a putting green south of the parking lot, however in the end neither were incorporated. The building’s primary entrance still today features the original elaborate bronze and glass portico, and the interior public area showcases 1928’s marble baseboards, mixed mosaic and terrazzo floors, walnut wood panels and trim.

For most in Fort Wayne today, the name Guldlin isn’t associated with Olaf Guldlin, Western Gas Construction Co., or even the Fairfield Manor, but rather his wife Addie Guldlin. Mrs. Guldlin was an early civic activist and an advocate of safe playgrounds for children. Addie raised funds for the city’s first public playground, which under her direction was elaborately constructed with separate boys’ and girls’ swings, see-saws, sandboxes and wading pools on a six-acre site on Van Buren at the St. Mary’s River. Dedicated in 1911, the park was named in her honor. Sadly, two years later during Fort Wayne’s infamous 1913 Flood, much of the playground was washed away and is today an empty field, still called Guldlin Park.

(Image courtesy of ARCH)

Randy Harter is a Fort Wayne historian, author, and the history/architectural guide for Fort Wayne Food Tours. Posted November 19, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebookand used with permisison.

Fall Out Shelter

How a Fallout Shelter Ended up at the American History Museum Curator Larry Bird tells of the adventure—from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Washington, D.C. by Megan Gambino published May 15, 2012 on Smithsonian.com. How a 1955 steel fallout shelter from Fort Wayne went to the Smithsonian Museum. January 11, 2019 an advertisement for a $999 Indiana State Fair Special all-steel fall-out shelter at the Indiana State Fair in 1961 was posted by Best of Indiana on Facebook.

Falstaff Brewery

The Last Days of Falstaff Brewing Ft. Wayne 1989 by John Smallshaw published on Feb 6, 2017

Formerly Berghoff Brewing at 1019 Grant Avenue. Fort Wayne operations started on April 12, 1954, when Falstaff bought the Berghoff Brewing Company. The corporation also brewed in St. Louis, New Orleans, Galveston, El Paso, Omaha, San Jose, San Antonio and San Francisco. The Falstaff Corporation was bought by Paul Kalmanovitz's brewing conglomerate, General Brewing, in 1975. At that time it made 1.2 million barrels annually at the Fort Wayne plant. Headquarters was moved to Fort Wayne in 1977. After the 1990 closing of the last Falstaff brewery in Fort Wayne, the brand name became a licensed property of Pabst, which continued to produce Falstaff Beer through other breweries. Having sold only 1468 barrels of the brand in 2004, Pabst discontinued production of the Falstaff label in May 2005. Copied from A look into Fort Wayne beer history by Jaclyn Goldsborough published December 26, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Storage tanks were eventually sold to a brewery in China. Falstaff Brewery Closing In Ft. Wayne published November 09, 1989 in the Chicago Tribune.

Farnsworth TV and Radio Corporation

Opened for business on March 14, 1939 as Capehart-Farnsworth in Fort Wayne. The company produced radios, phonographs, and television equipment. See extensive information on Philo T. Farnsworth.

Old Federal Building

Located at the southeast corner of Berry and Clinton Streets which housed the Post Office and Federal Courtroom. Built in 1889 and razed in 1938, it was replaced by the new Federal Building on Harrison Street in 1932. A Fort Wayne Through Time Leftovers: The book, Fort Wayne Through Time, that photographer Dan Baker posted May 25, 2018 on his Facebook page and Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, posted May 24, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Felger's Peat Moss

9912 Valentine Road, (260) 693-3134, felgerspeatmoss.com, started in 1953 by Ruth and Herb Felger sells mulch, peat moss, soils and stone. See video History of Fort Wayne Business - Felger's Peat Moss by Al Crain-Shick on Indiana NewsCenter or The Family Stone by Jennifer Bloomquist and Jeffrey Crane published May 1, 2015 on BusinessPeople.

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Firestone Tire Building

Built in the 1920s at 502 W. Jefferson Blvd. for Firestone Tires. According to McMahon Tires About Us page it was McMahon Tires from 1969 until sometime after they opened their Glenbrook Store in 1981 and before Starbucks Coffee remodeled and opened in 2006. See several photos posted August 8, 2017 including a September 7, 2006 The News-Sentinel newspaperarticle about the building on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

First National Bank of Fort Wayne

1863. February 16, 1924 celebration of a new building produced a small book called George Washington and Fort Wayne posted July 19, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on FacebookThe 50th anniversary celebration posted May 21, 1913 Fort Wayne News posted April 21, 2017 and May 22, 1913 Fort Wayne Daily News photo posted March 28, 2017 discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Fisher Bros. Paper Company

Founded: 1882, Location: East Berry Street, Fort Wayne (1882– ); 23 East Columbia Street (1887); 125 Calhoun Street (1893, 1899); 1005 Clinton Street ( –1903); 1007 Calhoun Street (1903– 6); 130-132 West Columbia Street (1906–14); 118–122 West Columbia Street (1914– ); 4115 Paper Place (1971, 1995); 4415 Hartman Road (1996– ) In 1882 Samuel S. Fisher purchased the interest of Meyer L. Graff in the Webb & Graff paper firm in Fort Wayne. Samuel was the son of Isaac Fisher, a German-Jewish immigrant butcher, and he worked in his father’s meat market as a young man. After his initial investment, Samuel Fisher rapidly assumed control of Webb & Graff. In March 1882 he bought out A. M. Webb and less than two months later purchased the interest of Harry Graff. Samuel’s brother Max B. Fisher then joined him in the business, which was located on East Berry Street. Read more on Fisher Bros. Paper Company on IndianaHistory.org.

Five Points

Five way intersection at Sherman and Goshen Roads south of the Children's Zoo. As of August 2022, Google map Street View is still showing 2018 view with the old North Side Bait and Tackle shop. Discussed March 16, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Two 1920s service stations at the Five Points intersection on the Lincoln Highway were discussed including the 1934 photo shown on right in a May 4, 2019 Facebook post of Historic Filling Stations Find New Life The well-designed filling stations of the early twentieth century prove ideal for adaptive reuse, while still reminding us of our automotive past posted August 16, 2018 by Indiana Landmarks. The stations are a 1926 Colonial Revival-style station 2624 Sherman Street used as a bait shop and 1927 Tudor Revival-style filling station used as a real estate office. The bait shop was razed May 29, 2019 so the intersection can be re-engineered into a round-about intersection. See demolition photo in the article Goodbye, North Side Bait and Tackle by Lisa Esquivel Long published May 29, 2019 on FWBusiness.com. Roundabout at Five Points intersection along Goshen Avenue opens Posted: Oct 5, 2020, Updated: Oct 5, 2020 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Oct. 5 - Fort Wayne debuts new 'Five Points' roundabout at cost of $5.2 million by Michael Morrissey posted Oct 5, 2020 on Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. Known for decades as “Five Points,” the intersection of Goshen Avenue, Sherman Boulevard, and Lillian Avenue is part of the historic Lincoln Highway. Before improvements, the signal-controlled intersection had no pedestrian access, no lighting, poor drainage, long traffic delays, and a history of accidents. The City of Fort Wayne’s Goshen Avenue Improvements Project received the 2021 APWA-Indiana Chapter Public Works Project of the Year in the Transportation category. The $5.3 million Goshen Avenue Improvements Project features a roundabout that improved traffic flow, incorporated pedestrian traffic, and revitalized the neighborhood, including new lighting, an enclosed drainage system, consolidation or removal of multiple access points, and pedestrian friendly walkways along the roadway. The intersection at the roundabout welcomes approximately 18,500 vehicles per day. With the continuous traffic flow from cars no longer stopping at lights, emissions from idling cars is estimated to be reduced by 20%. Copied from GOSHEN AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT RECEIVES PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD May 20, 2022 on City of Fort Wayne.


Shorthand term for the Jailhouse Flats.

Flick House

The Flick House was built in 1897 in what is now the Broad River Neighborhood Association - Fort Wayne. The Flick family made their living as florists in the area. The family operated multiple locations including one in Broad River and one downtown. The building downtown was purchased in 1923 for $210,000 which was a huge sum at the time. The location eventually became the Ash Skyline Plaza owned by Ash Brokerage. This information was copied from photos posted June 21, 2020 in a Facebook post by Historic 07 District - Fort Wayne with additional photos in the comments by a Flick descendant on a Shared post of the orginal Facebook post.

Flood of 1982

Brought President Ronald Reagan to Fort Wayne where he threw a couple of sand bags for national photo ops. See 1982 Timeline.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440
Website: www.botancialconservatory.org.

Hope Methodist Hospital was located on the corner of Lewis and Harrison Streets from 1917-1953 on the south side of the conservatory block. The conservatory opened in 1983, was named in honor of News-Sentinel publisher Helene Foellinger and Frank Freimann, president of Magnavox. "Surround yourself with nature at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory ~ an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne Indiana. Visit the Showcase Garden with its lush seasonal displays, wander through the Tropical Garden where orchids and palms thrive in the shadows of a cascading waterfall, or retreat to the quiet beauty of the Desert Garden." Fort Wayne’s Botanical Conservatory a Breath of Fresh Air on Visit Fort Wayne blog.

Foellinger Theatre

At the entrance to Franke Park and Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Facebook. Several photos posted September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Fortmeyer's Truck Stop

Long time truck stop in the county.

Fort Miamis

See Fort Miamis historical marker pageon IN.gov and Fort Miamis: The First European Settlers by Rick Willison. He has several more pages on early Fort Wayne history.

Fort Recovery

Tuberculosis recovery housing, need more research. See 1910s Fort Recovery, Allen County Indiana Historical Society photo.

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Fort Wayne

See our Fort Wayne City Government section.

Fort Wayne History and How to See Fort Wayne on Foot: Walking Tours by Katherine D. published July 31, 2017 at Visit Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne Time Periods by the News-Sentinel newspaper from their series I Remember Fort Wayne online tour of Summit City History and Fort Wayne 1910-1919: The Industrialization Era - News-Sentinel article by Blake Sebring

  1. Over 5,000 City of Fort Wayne publications on Internet Archive
  2. 1968 publication The burgeoning interest in local history in Fort Wayne 1887-1894 by Potterf, Rex M; Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County; Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
  3. Fort Wayne year book, 1906 by Fort Wayne (Ind.). Commercial Club has historical sketches and photos promoting Fort Wayne places
  4. Indiana. Fort Wayne scrapbook by Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
  5. Industrial survey of Fort Wayne, Indiana by Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce (Ind.)
  6. Report of Charles Mulford Robinson for Fort Wayne Civic Improvement Association by Robinson, Charles Mulford, 1869-1917; Fort Wayne Civic Improvement Association published in 1910

Fort Wayne Made

Mmanhole covers and more photos posted April 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Forts of Fort Wayne on Wikipedia

Historic Fort Wayne

See our Forts of Fort Wayne page. Reconstructed fort on Spy Run Avenue near downtown Fort Wayne across the St. Marys River from Headwaters Park. The History page on their web site: oldfortwayne.org briefly describes the various forts built near the three rivers. The bottom section titled The Reconstructed Fort states: This project began in 1964 when Historic Fort Wayne Inc. was established and started planning a reconstruction of the Fort, using Major Whistler’s 1814 drawings. After much fundraising, they purchased property in the late 1960’s and sought a fort builder. Lok-N-Logs Inc., a log home company in Sherburne, New York, took on the unusual project, constructing the Fort first in New York, then transporting it to Indiana, where it was reassembled. It officially opened shortly before July 4, 1976, to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial, and remained open daily until the early 1990’s. Historic Fort Wayne Inc. disbanded in 1989, and the current Historic Fort Wayne, Inc. was formed in 2004 as a volunteer effort to preserve the Fort. Though they share a name, the two groups are not connected. Construction of the fort re-creation began in the summer of 1975. Work on the replica was not finished for its dedication June 5, 1976, but several hundred people turned out for the festivities. See the articles Historic Fort Wayne and Old Fort Wayne – Learn History In Person! by Louisa D. published June 8, 2015 on Visit Fort Wayne. See photos on Throwback Thursday: Old Fort published August 31, 2017 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. See their Facebook page - INFortWayne.com YouTubeBicentennial Celebration at Historic Fort Wayne. See photos and discussion January 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. 360 virtual photo tour on vpix.net. Photos of Old Fort Wishing Well posted August 6, 2017 and 1896 Fort Wayne watch fob photo discussed August 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Arcade Building

See 1911 photo posted April 7, 2017 by Hoch Associates of their current location in 1911. Discussed in Fort Wayne by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on Google books. Again May 19, 2017 with Comment photos of Indiana Gas Association 1911 article on it onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookand shared May 19, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. WhatWasThere map location and photos.

Fort Wayne Architects and Firms on City of Fort Wayne web site

Fort Wayne Bible College

Buildings of the Fort Wayne Campus by FW Alumni Center published June 16, 2014 on YouTube
This video is review of the Buildings of the Fort Wayne Campus of Fort Wayne Bible Training School/Fort Wayne Bible Institute/Fort Wayne Bible College/Summit Christian College and Taylor University Fort Wayne-five names for one institution. The dates given with the images are when the buildings were occupied, not when building was started.

Was at 800 West Rudisill Blvd. Photos and discussion February 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. The Light Tower was the name of the yearbook of Fort Wayne Bible Training School (1928-1931), Fort Wayne Bible Institute (1932-1950) and Fort Wayne Bible College (1951-1972);The Vine was the name of the yearbook from 1973-1989, and Summit Christian College (1990-1992); Taylor University Fort Wayne continued naming the yearbook, The Vine (1993-2003); The Vine DVDs were produced in the years 2004, 2005, 2006; No yearbooks were produced in 1929, 1931, 1933, 1934, 2007 or 2008;The Horizon Line was the last yearbook, 2009; The 1956 dedicated to Professor Oliver E. Steiner in his memory; Elaine Perry, editor; Founded Theta Beta; Nurses Training course. Copied from the 1956 ebook below: Fort Wayne Bible College Light Tower Yearbook . There are dozens of similar Fort Wayne Bible College publications on Internet Archive. Fort Wayne Bible College-97 Years of Memories 1, Memories-2, Memories-3, Memories-4 YouTubes.

Fort Wayne Box Building

The former box company built in 1904 was located on the northwest corner of Superior and Calhoun Streets. It produced cardboard art and business calendars, wood and glass souvenirs, leather goods, signs, and novelties. In 1910 the company bought out the Fort Wayne Engraving Company and moved its operations into the building. Graphic Packaging was the last owner to utilize the building before closing it in 2010. It is currently being converted into apartments called the Superior Lofts. Copied from Superior Lofts History and an overlayed photo ca. 1913 and 2017 posted September 19, 2018 by Daniel Baker on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Breweries

See Breweries in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Building Loan Fund & Savings Association

First of many associations in late 19th century Fort Wayne. After 25 years loaning money to build around 2,000 homes in Fort Wayne for Pennsylvania Shop railroad employees was disbanded in 1905. See July 30, 1905 article in The Journal Gazette newspaper published July 30, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce

See History of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Allen County, Indiana on The Genealogy Center. Building photos and discussion February 2, 2017 and on November 5, 2017 photos of Fort Wayne year book for 1906, put out by the Fort Wayne Commercial Club article titled Street and Interurban Electric Railways by Hon. James M. Barrett on the You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

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Fort Wayne Childrens Home

2525 Lake Avenue, now Crossroad Child & Family Services. A photo from their archives labeled Children and staff from the Fort Wayne Children's Home pose for a group picture in the winter of 1920 was posted September 29, 2022 on Facebook. A photo of the home was discussed March 23, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. See also Allen County Children's Home, Allen County Orphan Home, Allen County Poor Farm, Fort Wayne Developmental Center, and St. Vincent Villa Catholic Orphanage.

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Memories of the Zoo (Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in 1965) posted Jun 25, 2022 This story originally aired: Apr. 29, 2021 by Daniel Beals on YouTube.

Website: https://kidszoo.org/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fwkidszoo, Twitter: https://twitter.com/fwkidszoo. Opened 10 a.m. on July 3, 1965, on 5 1/2 acres in Franke Park. Over 6,000 people came on the first day to see the 18 animal exhibits. Copied from July 3, 1965: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo opens Corey McMaken Apr 25, 2019 in the History Journal discussed in our Journal Gazette information page about The Journal Gazette newspaper and July 3, 2014 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook. kidszootube YouTube videos. 50th anniversary July 1, 2015 Twitter, YouTube 50th Birthday videos, Zoo celebrates 50th birthday in The Journal Gazette newspaper. July 11 Three Festival Parade theme Here's to Zoo!. Photos and discussion February 3, 2017 and photo of Spotlight on Fort Wayne magazine article by Earl Wells the zoo director on opening the zoo posted July 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See photo of Frank Park Zoo Circus Wagon before it became the FWCZ posted May 3, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Many photos were posted on July 3, 1965: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo opens by Corey McMaken published April 25, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Your Story Made Here: A Place for Memories VIDEO by Michelle M. on Apr. 01, 2013 and Adventure Awaits at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo by Visit Fort Wayne from A Place for Memories by Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

Your Story Made Here | A Place for Memories posted Sep 28, 2012 by Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership on YouTube

Fort Wayne City County Building

Designed by Alvin M. Strauss. Ca. 1975 discussed May 26, 2017 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. A 40-year-old landmark in downtown Fort Wayne officially starts an important new mission with a new name. The City-County Building served as the home for the administrative offices of City and County governments for the past 40 years. Edwin J. Rousseau spent 40 years in Allen County and Fort Wayne politics, including terms on the Fort Wayne City Council, Allen County Council and the County Board of Commissioners. He passed away in 2009 at the age of 76. After many of those offices moved to Citizens Square last year, the building was renovated to serve as headquarters for City and County police and the City fire department. Several County government offices will remain in the Rousseau Centre — including the assessor, auditor, recorder, treasurer and veterans services. Paraphrased from City-County Building Officially Becomes Rousseau Centre created April 23, 2012 on Allen County Government.

Fort Wayne City Hall

Photos posted August 9, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Designed by Marshall S. Mahurin.

Fort Wayne City Hospital

Opened October 31, 1878 evolving into Parkview Regional Meidcal Center shown in the 2012 PBS39 documentary video. See Parkview.

Fort Wayne City Utilities

The city water filtration plant video City Utilities Today created by Patrick Stelte published October 28, 2017 on Access Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Clock

Discussion February 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Fort Wayne College

Established in 1846 as The Fort Wayne Female College on grounds donated by Wm. Rockhill, in 1855 it consolidated with the Fort Wayne Collegiate Institute for Young Men and was called the M.E. (Methodist) College. In 1890 the college grounds were deeded to Taylor University, and in 1893 it moved to Upland, Indiana home of Taylor University. See photo of stone marker on Thieme Drive along the river close to Wayne Street from the June 28, 2013 A short historical tour of central Fort Wayne by Nancy McCammon-Hansen on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See also Fort Wayne Female College to Taylor University by Shirley Slater, Allen County Lines newsletter from the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, June 2013, Volume 37, Number 4, page 97. See 1864 photo posted May 12, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Developmental Center

Aka Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth. Indiana’s second oldest mental health facility opened in 1879 at Knightstown. It was relocated to Fort Wayne in 1890. The first patient admitted that year was an eleven year old boy from Ossian, Wells County. It served mentally retarded children from throughout Indiana until 1939, when its service area was reduced to the northern half of the state. Its mission was expanded to include patients of all ages with other developmental disabilities. Before closure in 2007 the facility had admitted 12,162 patients. The center’s admission registers, card index, and a nearly complete set of medical records on microfilm, are at the Indiana State Archives. Copied from Other Indiana Hospitals for the Mentally Ill and Developmentally Disabled at the Indiana Archives. See also Fort Wayne State Hospital & Training Center aka Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth Cemetery. The name change was discussed around the 1:22 minute mark and closed April 18, 2007 (1:46 minute mark) when the last resident left during Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels administration, 2005 to 2013, from the 1:43 minute mark of The Forgotten PBS documentary.

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

  1. Annual report of the Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for the fiscal year ending .. by Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth Publication date 1905. There are several more reports online.
  2. At Richmond, between 1887 and 1890, three of the completed buildings were occupied by "The School for Feeble Minded Youth." In 1890, these patients were transferred to what is now known as the "Fort Wayne Developmental Center." The buildings were refurbished and the hospital formally opened on July 29, 1890, with the first patient admitted on August 4, 1890. copied from Family and Social Services Administration on IN.gov.
  3. Cornerstone photos of 1898 cornerstone and information at200 @ 200 2016 Bicentennial items at The History Center.
  4. Google Search shows lots of photos from various sources.
  5. Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth ca. 1900 by Randy Harter Fort Wayne Reader 2017-05-04.
  6. Read the history Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth -- Fort Wayne State School Mortality Lists then search the Index on the The Genealogy Center with names and causes of death. Old State School Cemetery Located On IPFW Grounds was published January 11, 2012 in the IPFW student newspaper The Communicator.
  7. Fort Wayne State School photo with brief information at the Indiana Disability History Project.
  8. The Asylum Projects.org Wiki has a history and several photos.
  9. A postcard of the school and September 14, 2013 discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  10. Unsourced history on Find A Grave.
  11. Fort Wayne Developmental Center on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  12. Jerry Henry, son of social worker Jerome Henry, who lived in an old farm house on the school property in the 1950s-60s recalls growing up near the school and the cemetery that existed at that time. Research shows more than 200 graves existed, possibly more. The History Center was hoping to team with PFW archaeology students in the summer of 2020 before the COVID-19 Pandemic started to identify the boundaries of the cemetery. The AWS Foundation and the History Center as part of a project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act are researching and documenting the history of the school and center to show how far society has progressed when it comes to people with disabilities. They are hoping to collect stories to used in a documentary by WFWA-TV PBS Fort Wayne. In addition, the History Center will have a temporary exhibit the fall of 2020 that focuses on the center, how the region has understood the people at the school and artifacts from the school. Read more in Days of a forgotten school Stories sought about memories of state center by Terri Richardson published March 08, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper .
  13. Fort Wayne, IN: Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth (State School) with several photos published July 29, 2020 on Towns and Nature blog.

Fort Wayne Driving Park

1892 Samuel Hanna sold 100 acres to the driving association formed by some of the city's wealthiest men. 1902 was Fort Wayne's first fair. Auto races were on a one-mile oval and by 1910 airplanes appeared. In 1913 the land was sold to developer Louis F. Curdes, developer of Forest Park Boulevard. It became Forest Hill through the 1940s. From Lost track fades from memory by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published July 07, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See also Fort Wayne Driving Park by Mark Meyer posted February 11, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. October 23, 2018 post with photos and information about Fort Wayne Driving Park by The History Center on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Dump

There were many dumps around Fort Wayne. Some were discussed March 17, 2015 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

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Fort Wayne Electric Works

The Fort Wayne Electric Light Co. was incorporated in 1881 to sell a dynamo and arc lamps patented by James Jenney. Ronald T. McDonald was the founder and president of this company. From History of Meter Companies and Fort Wayne Electric (1881-1915) at watthourmeters.com. The officers of the new company, the Fort Wayne Electric Works, organized in May, 1899, were: Henry C. Paul, president; S. D. Green, vice-president; M. F. Westover, secretary, and Fred S. Hunting, treasurer and sales manager, while Mr. Wood continued his services as factory manager and chief electrician. From Fort Wayne Electric Works on VintageMachinery.org. The Fort Wayne lamp works of the Edison Lamp Works of General Electric was opened in September 1906. Several photos and a brief history on Fort Wayne on LampTech.com/uk. A Fort Wayne 12" Antique Desk Fan is discussed at Vintage Fans.com made by General Electric for FWEW . Photo and discussion September 29, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. See General Electric for more information.

Fort Wayne Federal Building

See E. Ross Adair Federal Building and United States Courthouse.

Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum

Discussed in Plan A Visit to the Fort Wayne Firefighter's Museuemon the Visit Fort WayneFebruary 24, 2012 blog. A postcard when it was a fire station posted and discussed September 14, 2017 and again the postcard and a current photo posted August 29, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

See our Fort Wayne Fire Department section.

Fort Wayne Gas Works

In the era of gas lighting, Fort Wayne Gas Works, located on the site of today’s Hall’s Gas House restaurant on Superior Street between Barr and Lafayette streets, was the central public utilities operation in Fort Wayne. Copied from Under the Gas Lights by Tom Castaldi published May 23, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. For more see Old Gas House.

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Fort Wayne Housing Authority

The Fort Wayne Experiment discussed on pages 36-37 in The prefabrication of houses
by Albert Farwell Bemis Foundation; Kelly, Burnham Publication date 1951

During the Great Depression in the late 1930s prefabricated plywood-panel homes were built with WPA labor at the rate of one-a-day! One reference is labeled "Fifty Plywood-Panel Houses Built at Rate of One a Day," Architectural Record, LXXXV (March, 1939), 38–40 (this contains excellent photographs of the housing, examples of which appear on pages 362 and 363) from Fort Wayne and the Great Depression: The New Deal Years, 1933–1940 Iwan Morgan on Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 80, Issue 4, pp 348-378. There are photos on page 362 and 363 of their pdf download file or view the pdf here. These homes were discussed May 3, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebookand was in a Comment far down in the long discussion on Sears Home Kit homes January 25, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Similar Tiny Houses also known as Tin Village barracks were built after World War II for returning war veterans.

Fort Wayne International Airport

21Country: Fort Wayne Aviation Museum hopes to soar to greater heights by Daniel Beals posted October 14, 2021 on YouTube
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - In the early 1900's, Fort Wayne was home to several aviation pioneers: Art Smith, Paul Baer, & Margaret Ringenberg. Before the Fort Wayne International Airport was what it is today, it was a World War II military base. For the last several decades, the Fort Wayne Aviation Museum displayed artifacts and the history behind those topics, and many others. “The museum was started in 1984 by local air aficionados,” president Greg Bosk told us. “They collected memorabilia, historical facts, and we built a museum on the 2nd floor. For at least 10-15 years it was well-received.” But after 9/11, with the TSA and bolstered security at the airport, the museum wasn’t as accessible to the public. Bosk said it was also inconvenient — guests had to have a plane ticket, or make arrangements two weeks in advance to get clearance. He also said as times changed, younger visitors weren’t impressed. “We had a lot of things displayed — not much depth, not much knowledge, but a lot of items to look at,” he explained. “We’re trying to go from that old look of items sitting on the shelf to a very digital look that would appeal to the kids and schools, through their phones and their tablets.” 21Country: Fort Wayne Aviation Museum hopes to soar to greater heights by Daniel Beals updated: September 30, 2021 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station.

  1. In 1925 Baer Field opened where Smith Field is today. In 1941 Fort Wayne bought land south of the city and given to the government for the new Baer Field and old Baer Field is renamed Smith Field. An August 28, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook shows a 1925 to 2001 Smith Field Timeline from the March 26, 2002 The News-Sentinel newspaper for Baer Field at Smith Field.
  2. An image of the Saturday, April 1, 1944 The Beacon newsletter titled Baer Field And Its Boss--1917 Version! posted July 30, 2022 by the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum on Facebook shows an article with an aerial photo of a farm house south of Fort Wayne about Korah Micheals who bought a farm in 1917 whose fields became the ariport runways and hangars.
  3. Fort Wayne International Airport Airport History at FortWayneAirport.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flyfortwayne
  4. Over 40 Baer Field search results and Baer Field beacon "Baer Field's weekly newspaper" began with vol. 1, no. 1 (July 16, 1942). Ceased with vol. 4, no. 20 (November 24, 1945) at the Allen County Public Library.
  5. Over 60 items are found in a search for Baer Field on Internet Archive.
  6. Photos and memorabilia at Baer Field Memories at The Genealogy Center.
  7. Welcome to FWA: the Fort Wayne International Airport published March 19, 2012, The Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum by Kayleen R. posted January 18, 2012, and Fort Wayne Airport Offers Hoosier Hospitality – And a Cookie on the Side! published March 28, 2012 on the Visit Fort Wayne blog.
  8. The New York Times newspaper states the airport is a well-financed partnership with regional economic interests, and the fact that 75 percent of the passengers fly in and out of the airport on business, a high rate in their article Airlines Head Abroad, and Also Inland by Joe Sharkey published September 15, 2014.
  9. Since the late 1980s, volunteers have welcomed arriving passengers with almost 2 million individually wrapped Ellison Bakery Free cookies at Fort Wayne, IN as published in February 2015 by CNBC.com.
  10. Photos and discussion February 2, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  11. Fort Wayne is the hometown of Lt. Paul Baer, who flew with the French forces in World War I and was the first US pilot to achieve ace status. Fort Wayne is also the hometown of Arthur "Art" Roy Smith, who was one of the pioneer acrobatic fliers in the pre-World War I era. From Allen County Public LibrarySummary of the book Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond by Roger Myers, 2011.
  12. Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond by Roger Myers, Geoffrey Myers, Larry Myers online as a Google book or borrow the Fort Wayne aviation : Baer Field and beyond Publication date 2011 version as on Archive.org.
  13. "Book celebrates city’s aviation history" January 14, 2012 newspaper article in The Journal Gazette newspaper about the new book Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond with stories and photos of local aviation history by Roger Myers.

Fort Wayne Kekiongas

Fort Wayne Kekiongas on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopediashows professional baseball team, notable for winning the first professional league game on May 4, 1871, at Hamilton Field, against the Forest City Club of Cleveland, Ohio due to a rainout of the scheduled opening game between the Boston Red Stockings and the Washington Olympics. Local legend is they eventually became the Brooklyn Dodgers, now the Los Angeles Dodgers, although Chad Grambling in his book "Baseball in Fort Wayne" states it was "more likely scenario, however, is that around the time Fort Wayne withdrew from the league, the Brooklyn franchise paid their dues and sought acceptance to the league." Humorous discussion on Indiana Vending Machine Locations. You can watch the Dodger version with the Ross Kinsey report on Wane TV with Don Graham. Northeast Indiana Public Radio has an audio story on the first-ever major league baseball game (played right here in FW) available at nipr.fm. Baseball in Fort Wayne Local Facts page.

Manhole Covers of Ft. Wayne - a 128 page book by Kathryn Moore published in 1988 available on Google books was a FunFactFriday Facebook post on September 8, 2017 by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage)

Fort Wayne Methodist College

See The Fort Wayne Methodist College by Tom Castaldi posted September 5, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blogor Fort Wayne Methodist College at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).

Fort Wayne Market

Photos and discussion February 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Medical College and the Fort Wayne College of Medicine

Both opened in the 1870's, leading to a sharp increase in body snatching and public outcry against the practice. Eventually, seven people associated with Fort Wayne Medical College were arrested in connection with these illegal activities. Finally, in 1879, the General Assembly of Indiana passed the Anatomical Act of 1879 which provided a lawful means by which medical schools could obtain bodies. Copied from an Apil 18, 2017 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Municipal Beach

First 8 seconds is of the beach in this Fort Wayne Municipal Beach & old Fort Wayne Speedway circa 1950
by stevengolfs published on March 14, 2015 YouTube. The video and more was discussed December 4, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Municipal Beach, Fort Wayne: now city utilities, showing swimmers, 1930s, west of St. Joseph River dam, with dam and utilities building in background.
Allen County Public Library Digital Collection

The photo on the right labeled Municipal Beach is described as Municipal Beach, Fort Wayne: now city utilities, showing swimmers, 1930s, west of St. Joseph River dam, with dam and utilities building in background. and is one of four Municipal Beach photos in the collection of Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. The beach was on the St. Joseph River at Johnny Appleseed Park across the parking lot from the current Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. It was popular from the 1920's through the late 1940's polio scare.

  1. Fort Wayne, IN: Municipal Beach on Towns and Nature blog has compiled lots of photos and discussions from various online sources.
  2. Area swimmers once flocked to the St. Joe River by Kevin Leininger was published August 15, 1981 from the archives of The News-Sentinel.
  3. One newspaper article no longer online originally stated that when the coliseum opened in 1953 there was a planned Phase 2 with a giant swimming pool and Phase 3 with a 3,500-seat auditorium. An educated guess is the pool was probably meant to replace the municipal beach that closed a few years before the coliseum opened. Various public pools in city parks and a few housing subdivisions opened in the 1960s likely negated the success of a giant swimming pool at the coliseum.
  4. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: July 13 in photos published July 13, 2018 by The Journal Gazette newspaper states: 1936 - In July 1936, the city opened a pool, complete with Red Cross lifeguards, in the St. Joseph River below the Waterworks Dam on Anthony Boulevard. So many swimmers rushed to the pool that planned improvements to the municipal beach and the river bed became impossible - and the board of works announced a preferred route for the public to travel there.
  5. A July 13, 2022 post with photos on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Fort Wayne National Bank

Descendant bank of 1835 opening of the State Bank of Indiana. Photos circa 1969-1970 posted on February 28, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

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Fort Wayne Paper Mill

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

Page 476, Activities of 1864

A mill for the manufacture of "print" paper, and a better quality of paper for book printing, was established by the Fort Wayne Paper Company, composed of Messrs. Freeman, Bard and Dublinski. A. G. Barnett became interested in the venture in 1867. The plant was destroyed by fire in 1871 and was not rebuilt. The mill was located about five miles north of Fort Wayne on the right bank of the St. Joseph river. It was operated by water power.

Page 615, St. Joseph Township

However, in 1835 the inevitable "first saw mill" was built by Klinger and Comparet, on Becket's Run from which stream the power was derived. Six years afterwards, in 1841, Henry Rudisill built the first steam saw mill on the St. Joseph river, and after that, indefatigable mill builder that he was, added a second story to the building and conducted a carding mill there. At the death of Mr. Rudisill the property passed to his son-in-law, N. B. Freeman, who continued the business until 1866, when with two partners he built a dam and erected a paper mill about four miles up the river, and devoted his energies to the newer enterprise. The paper mill was completely destroyed by fire in 1871, but in spite of very heavy loss, it was immediately rebuilt on a larger scale and continued its successful career. In all these ventures, the settlers bore a part, for they were laborers in the building and operation of these mills, and without their participation in many occupations other than clearing and farming, many fine things had gone undone.

A September 20, 2022 post with photos of the bridge remnants by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook is copied below. See Google map of Paper Mill Bluff and former bridge area on Upper St. Joe Center Road:

The Fort Wayne Paper Mill As you drive east from North Clinton on Washington Center Road, on the right you will pass the Paper Mill Bluffs housing addition and the Paper Mill Office Park. At first blush you may think it’s another one of those corny names that builders give housing additions a’la the “Falls At Beaver Creek”. Hummmm?

But you are actually headed down the hill towards where the old Fort Wayne Paper Mill operated on the St. Joe River from 1866 until 1889. The paper mill sat the equivalent of about a couple city blocks up the river to the north of the current 1963 concrete Paper Mill Bridge on Washington Center/St. Joe Center Roads. While I’ve not run across any images of the paper mill or its dam, we know from newspaper accounts that there were two buildings along the river that were each two stories high, one was 25’ x 80’ and the other 40’ x 60’, as well as a residence being there. One of these large buildings would have been connected to the water wheel in the river that powered the mill’s machinery. The paper produced at the mill was made, initially at least (as most paper mills did of that era) from linen and cotton rags. The company ran advertisements in the local papers that they had a buying office for rags and a sales office for paper at 51 East Columbia Street. With the new street numbering system the city had put in place in 1902 that would put their offices in the block where Freimann Square is today. In the mill’s first year of operation the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette touted that it was now being printed on Fort Wayne Paper Mill paper, and so no longer had to get their paper from Cleveland or Dayton; however it appears the most of the paper manufactured at the mill was brown Kraft type butcher wrapping paper which they supplied to local stores and markets from their offices on Columbia Street. The mill appears to have been a success and in April of 1880 communicated to the Fort Wayne Daily News that they had set a new record of producing 2542 lbs. of paper in a single day.

Prior to our current 1963 concrete bridge (since widened) there was an iron bridge over the river per the attached pictures. However, as you can see from the aerial photographs it was not lined up with Washington Center/St. Joe Center Roads as ours is today. You can see that Washington Center Road had a one block jog north and then crossed the iron bridge and then angled back south to link up with St. Joe Center Road on the other side of the river. Before the iron bridge there had been a wooden suspension bridge at that location that had been built in 1872 and that then collapsed in 1882 necessitating the pictured iron bridge being built in 1883. Today as you drive back west across the new bridge if you look to your right you can see the old stone bridge abutment about a city block north on the west side of the river.

The paper mill dam, just north of the mill, ran all the way across the St. Joe River and it was frequently reported in the paper that it was once again needing repairs or had partially washed away. Additionally, in 1881 an entirely new dam had to be constructed across the river as the winter ice and high spring waters had so badly damaged the old one. I would imagine with equipment of that time that this would have been no mean feat. Yet, despite a new dam being built it also had a number of large breaks over the ensuing years including a 75’ gap torn in the dam in March of 1897. I was unable to find reference as to when the last of the dam finally disappeared.

In 1877 wealthy Fort Wayne industrialist William Fleming gained control of the eleven year old paper mill and operated it for twelve years before closing it in 1889 and selling all of the equipment to a new mill being built in Hartford City in which he was a major stockholder. Thus, the 23 year run of the Fort Wayne Paper Mill came to an end. However for a number of years after the demise of the mill, articles continued to appear in the local papers about social events and the great fishing around “picturesque” paper mill dam. 

Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System

The Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System was significantly shaped by landscape architects George Kessler, Arthur Shurcliff, and Adolph Jaenicke. Two successive presidents of the independent Board of Park Commissioners, Colonel David Foster and Fred Shoaff, ensured that the combined vision of these designers developed into the 1960s by influencing the selection of landscape architects in both the public and private realms.

George Kessler’s 1912 master plan organized and expanded upon the city’s urban landscape, incorporating the three rivers that converge in Fort Wayne and connecting existing parks with new boulevards and parks, providing incentive for residential and commercial development. Kessler also designed Rudisill Boulevard, created a plan for Lakeside Park, and designed several features in existing parks. Copied from the Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System page by The Cultural Landscape Foundation. See the 267 page Indiana MPS Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System Historic District National Register of Historic Places Registration Form in the Catalog at The National Archives.

  1. Old Fort Park discussed in Fort Wayne’s First Park by Tom Castaldi, local historian posted May 8, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog and May 17, 2022 post by The History Center on Facebook.
  2. October 23, 2018 post with photos and information about Fort Wayne Driving Park by The History Center on Facebook.
  3. June 28, 2019 post on Robison Park by The History Center on Facebook.
  4. July 3, 2019 post on Robison Park with several photos and some history by The History Center on Facebook.
  5. May 17, 2022 post the first in an ongoing series dedicated to the parks in Fort Wayne 1800-1899 with history and photos by The History Center on Facebook.
  6. June 6, 2022 post second in an ongoing series dedicated to the parks in Fort Wayne 1900-1920 with history and photos by The History Center on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation currently has 88 parks including Taylor's Dream: Boundless Playground for children of all abilities. Community Development Library - Parks And Recreation reports and management plans at The Genealogy Center. YouTube channel.

Board of Park Commissioners, Fort Wayne, Indiana at The Genealogy Center.

  1.   1917, March 18 - Annual Report of the Fort Wayne Park Board - St. Joe Dam for boating and a park, First Swimming Pool at Lawton Park, Planning for the Anthony Wayne Equestrian Statue at Hayden Park fronting the Lincoln Highway, Johnny Appleseed monument at Swinney Park, Lakeside monument to John Wyllys and brave soldiers killed at Harmar's Ford, Perry Randall monument at Swinney Park, and plan to build a Lincoln cabin replica. Clipped from The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette18 Mar 1917, Sunday, page 7. Clipped by StanFollisFW on 19 Feb 2022.
  2. 1919 Fort Wayne Sentinel image
    clipping image
      1919, March 3 - Park Board Makes Report for 1918 Showing Vast Volume of Work Done. Clipped from The Fort Wayne Sentinel03 Mar 1919, Monday, page 16 Clipped by StanFollisFW on 20 Feb 2022. Hon. W. Sherman Cutshall, Mayor, 45 acres added to Swinney park, Memorial Park, Addition to Lawton Park, Water Supply for Lakes, Anthony Boulevard Pavement, Park Acreage of Indiana Cities, Dedication of Wayne Monument, A List of Fort Wayne Monuments: Soldier's Monument, Spanish War Monument, General Henry W. Lawton, Wayne Trace, Johnny Appleseed Monument, Harmar's Crossing, Perry A. Randall, Commodore Perry, General Anthony Wayne, Proposed Lawton Monument, Changes of Secretary.

Annual Reports:
1912 Annual Report
1925 Annual Report
1926 Annual Report
1927 Annual Report
1928 Annual Report
1930 Annual Report
1931 Annual Report
1932 Annual Report a photo of the report was posted July 6, 2022 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

April 2, 2013 A History of The Phil by History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Fort Wayne Photographers

DIRECTORY OF FORT WAYNE PHOTOGRAPHERS 1843-1930 by John D. Beatty librarian at The Genealogy Center.

Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne Police Department officers killed in the line of duty posted on the Officer Down Memorial Page. 

Fort Wayne Post Office

Fort Wayne Post Office 1889 – 1932 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, published October 5, 2018 in Fort Wayne Reader and discussed October 7, 2018 in You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Fort Wayne Printing Building

Ca. 1911, 114 W. Washington Blvd. was added to the National Historic Register in 1988 and to the Local Historic Register in 1989. See Fort Wayne Printing Building history with photos and timeline on midtowncrossing.net.

Fort Wayne Reader

Independent newspaper which often had interesting history articles stopped publication in December 2018. It was discussed December 26, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Their Archive page shows 344 issues were posted at www.fortwaynereader.com. The Wayback Machine has several pages: calendar of monthly site searches since January 10, 2004 through December 2018, as urls captured for this domain, Randy Harter history articles and a details page shows 4,999 urls.

Fort Wayne Speedway

The Fort Wayne Speedway posted Sep 19, 2022 by WANE 15 News on YouTube
The Fort Wayne Speedway built in 1928 was once one of the most vaunted tracks in the country, Ethan Dahlen. From ‘Man killer’: Remembering Fort Wayne’s forgotten speedway by: Ethan Dahlen Posted: Sep 19, 2022, Updated: Sep 20, 2022 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Built in 1928 by Frank Funk on farmland on the dirt road California Road north of where Glenbrook Square on Coliseum Blvd is today. History 8/31/09 on indianaopenwheel.com. See January 15, 2017 and March 20, 2017 photos and discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Forgotten Fort Wayne Speedway September 23 2019 on imgur.com. Forgotten Fort Wayne Speedway and the History Behind it on Reddit.com. 1928 - FORT WAYNE SPEEDWAY with photos on speedwayandroadracehistory.com.

Fort Wayne Sports

Birthplace for some surprising sports history. History that resonates even today. We love sports. We love our teams: Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Fort Wayne Komets, Fort Wayne TinCaps. We are a true sports city. Copied from the April 28, 2017 post on Fort Wayne Magazineon Facebook. See their article Team Spirit Fort Wayne is rich in sports history by Jeff Wiehe published April 28th, 2017 in Fort Wayne Magazine. Video below is a look at Fort Wayne Sports History by Chris Treft for his photo journalism class at IPFW.

The Top Ten of Fort Wayne Sports History Photo Story published July 20, 2014 by Chris Treft on YouTube
A top ten list of things Fort Wayne Sports History has produced all time. This is in the form of a photo story with all pictures taken by myself, Chris Treft. This project was completed for my photo journalism class at IPFW.

Fort Wayne Sports Club

Web site: www.fortwaynesportclub.com, since 1927, see Fort Wayne Sport Club celebrates 90 years with video by Sam Bauman published Mary 13, 2017 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station. Fort Wayne Sports Corp. stopping operation Group helped bring in numerous events over 27 years by Blake Sebring was published September 14, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Fort Wayne Theaters

Over 30 photos of several theaters posted August 6, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook

Fort Wayne Trolley Coaches

Photo and discussion February 9, 2017 blue photo Orange photo, yellow photo on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group. See the book Fort Wayne's Trolleys, 1870-1963: Horse Cars, Street Cars, Interurbans, Trolley Coaches, Motor Buses published in 1963 and expanded by 20 pages in 1975 at the Allen County Public Library. See also Fort Wayne IN Trolley Coaches Indiana Service Corporation (ISC) Fort Wayne Transit (FWT) on TrolleyBuses.net. Nancy Vendrely article Exposed trolley rails tell story of city's transportation history in The Journal Gazette newspaper posted February 7, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook

USS Fort Wayne

Ship ID-3786 - was a 6245 gross ton (12,260 tons displacement) freighter, built in 1918 by Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Maryland; acquired by the Navy 27 December 1918 the last year of World War I; and commissioned as USS Fort Wayne (ID # 3786) the same day, Lieutenant Commander S. C. Fenn, USNRF, in command. After the war it became the SS Fort Wayne and scrapped in Japan in 1934. See photos and information on S.S. Fort Wayne (American Freighter, 1918) Served as USS Fort Wayne (ID # 3786) in 1918-1919 on the Naval Historical Center web site, and USS Fort Wayne (ID-3786) on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Fort Wayne Windmill Company

(1903-1915) - see a photo of a restored historic windmill from J.K. Windmills of Hoagland, Indiana on their May 22, 2013 Facebook page for The Mid-America Windmill Museum in Kendallville, Indiana. June 24, 2016 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Foster Park

3900 Old Mill Road. In 1912 Samuel and Colonel David N. Foster and their families donated Foster Park to Fort Wayne. The land extended along the St. Mary's River for some two miles, including wooded areas. The original wooded section contained 67 acres. Shortly after the addition of that land, the Fosters again made a donation. This time, another 40 acres. This extended the park as far as the Stellhorn Bridge. In the early 1920's the Park Board purchased 111 additional acres of land making the park an area of 218 acres, and bringing the park to four miles of river bank. In the large area the Municipal Golf Course and pavilions were and are located. In subsequent years additional land was added making for a total of 255 acres and Foster Park now also includes:swings and other play equipment, tennis courts, trails, floral areas, a replica of Abe Lincoln's Birth Cabin, and a cable foot bridge among other features. Interesting to note, in 1938 Foster Park Pavilion #3 was built by the WPA. Work on restoring this pavilion will start in late spring! Check out the NEW Ecology Trail Guide of Foster Park produced by Emily Richardson a student at The University of Saint Francis. Copied from Foster Park at City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. Foster Park was founded in 1912 and comprises 255 acres along the St. Mary’s River. Its location at 3900 Old Mill Road includes an 18-hole golf course, several tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and a variety of floral gardens, a bridal area, and a paved pathway for bikers, walkers and joggers that run the breadth of its acreage. Land for the park came from Col. Samuel and David L. Foster, who donated the first 67 acres to the city in 1912. Since then, 151 additional acres have been added to the original land. The park also includes a dog park and several soccer fields located in the area known as Foster Park West which lies near the intersection of Bluffton Road and Winchester Road in Waynedale. Three stone pavilions are scattered throughout the parkback dating back to the 1930s, constructed with funding from the federal Works Progress Administration. Copied from Foster Park Pavilion #3 Restored by Michael Morrissey posted June 3, 2022 on The Waynedale News.com. 367 page Foster Park Cultural Landscape Report Fort Wayne, Indiana December, 2007 Prepared for Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation by Heritage Landscapes Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners Charlotte, Vermont & Norwalk, Connecticut. A New Life for the Stone Pavilion and Oak Grove at Foster Park post by Friends of the Parks of Allen County. Photos of marker posted June 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Four Presidents Corners

The corner of Sampson and Maples Roads northwest of Monroeville where Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe and Madison Townships meet. See the Four Presidents Corners Historical Society Monroeville, Indiana.

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Fox Island

A nature preserve started around 1975 in the Allen County Parks Department. The 600-acre park contains the largest contiguous forest in the county and a 40-foot-high glacial sand dune which could give visitors some idea what the area looked like when explorers and pioneer settlers came to this area. Sol Fest is held every May since the 25th anniversary in 2000 in celebration of nature education at Fox Island with a mix of music and get outdoor oriented activities. See Rediscover outdoors at Sol Fest Annual event at Fox Island benefits county park efforts by Keiara Carr published May 2, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Franke Park

In August 1921, John Bohn Franke (1866-1927), president of the Perfection Biscuit Company, purchased an 80-acre tract known as the Kraeger-Wallace woods to protect it from subdivision and development. The land was just north of the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Fort Wayne. The land included “picturesque Spy Run creek,” said to be “one of the most beautiful Spots in Fort Wayne,” and had been used for picnics and gatherings for several years. John B. Franke and his wife, Amelia A. (Schmidt) Franke (1865-1928), lived in the Forest Park neighborhood, east of the St. Joseph River. The Frankes’ Prairie Style house at 2131 Forest Park Boulevard, was designed by prominent Chicago architect Barry Byrne and built in 1914. During the 1920s, they became major philanthropists in the Fort Wayne community. In December 1921, Franke donated the 80-acre property to the City of Fort Wayne, stipulating that it “be forever used as a public park, free to all the people.” copied from Franke Park Master Plan at https://www.frankeparkplan.com/.

John B. and Amelia Franke House

Discussed on pages 304-309 of Prairie School architecture : studies from "The Western architect" Publication date 1983 on Archive.org.
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2131 Forest Park Boulevard - Google map Street View. See our John B. Franke article. John B. and Amelia Franke House, 2131 Forest Park Boulevard, 1999 (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 3 photos at Indiana Landmarks Historic Architecture Collection of Indiana Memory. Was discussed with photos July 30, 2022 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group

Frankenstein Drug Store

Frankenstein Drug Store

Owned by German born druggist named M.L. Frankenstein, located at the corner of Barr and Washington. The old Foellinger Building now occupies this spot. Listed in the 1890 city directory. Photos of the building ca. 1890 and antique bottles posted September 6, 2018 and October 26, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Frankenstein Drug Store, 1890 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, publshed September 23, 2014 in Fort Wayne Reader. Frankenstein Medicine bottles can be found for sale online.

Freight Depot

Formerly at 4th and Clinton Streets was torn down October 11, 2010 on Columbus Day. Owners tearing down historic 4th Street depot; City official ‘surprised and unaware' of building's demolitionby Kevin Leininger published October 12, 2010 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Freimann Square

200 block of Columbia Street
The 200 block of E Columbia Street was razed in 1970
to give us our downtown greenspace:
Freimann Square Park.
Previously, it contained businesses
such as Indiana Feed & Seed and National Mill Supply.

photo from The Landing

Freimann Square

200 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Since 1971, 4.6 acres. Google map photo above is from Street View. Designed by Alvin M. Strauss. History: Freimann Square was funded in large part by the posthumous donation of Frank Freimann, the former president of Magnavox Company. In 1971, Mr. Freimann's gift was used for actual park development while a federal grant provided the land for this downtown oasis. Copied from at Fort Wayne Parks.org. this park located in the center of the city provides space for many of the local festivals and events. Visitors can enjoy the colorful fountain, majestic statue of General Anthony Wayne, and the beautiful foliage on the square. Copied from Freimann Square at Visit Fort Wayne. Photo of the 200 block of Columbia Street downtown at Main and Clinton Street prior to when it was razed in 1970 to build the park is shown on the right, posted May 28, 2019 by The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook. See old and new photos and discussion August 31, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. See Freimann Square Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Freimann Square was dedicated on Sept. 27, 1973, when several hundred people turned out in downtown Fort Wayne to see the fountains in action. The park was funded by the Freimann Charitable Trust, which was created by the late Frank Freimann who was president and chief executive officer of Magnavox Co. . Copied from 1973: Construction and opening of Freimann Square by Corey McMaken Jun 6, 2019 in the History Journal discussed in our Journal Gazette information page .


The refrigerator "Frigidaire was founded as the Guardian Frigerator Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana and developed the first self-contained refrigerator (invented by Nathaniel B. Wales and Alfred Mellowes) in 1916." copied from Frigidaire on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopediaand Our History Frigidaire on Frigidaire-la.com. "Two of the first home refrigerators both appeared in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where, in 1911, General Electric company unveiled a unit invented by a French monk. In 1915 the first "Guardian" refrigerator - a predecessor of the Frigidaire - was assembled in a wash house in a Fort Wayne backyard" copied from The Story of the Refrigerator formerly on the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers www.aham.org website. A father of the refrigerator in City was home for many inventions by Michael Hawfield from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaperpublished December 13, 1993. There is also a YouTubeRefrigerator Marketing: "The Proof Parade" 1937 Frigidaire published March 27, 2013.

Fruehauf Trailer Corporation

Photos and information posted October 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Fruehauf Trailer Corporation on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. The unexpectedly fascinating story of the Fruehauf Trailer Co. How a Detroit blacksmith revolutionized motorized transportation by Graham Kozak published June 26, 2015 on AutoWeek.com.

Furnis Ice Cream

Was at 615 Lafayette, 1916 moved to end of Clay near Columbia Street bridge.

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