O Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

Old Aqueduct Club

Formed in 1912 by several citizens who as boys played and swam in the aqueduct that had served the canal and not used for a quarter of a century. A statue was erected in 1927 in Orff Park 900 West Main Street, corner of Rockhill Street & Thieme Drive near the Carole Lombard Memorial Bridge by the members of the unique Fort Wayne civic group that numbered around 500 in the 1930s. See Old Aqueduct Club Monument (sculpture) by the Smithsonian Institution. Read more in “Old Aqueduct Club” by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished October 3, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog. See February 7, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. On July 16, 1927, a monument in Orff Park was dedicated by the Old Aqueduct Club. It is a statue of two young boys dressed in the coveralls of the 1870s with an inscription that simply reads: “Let’s Go Swimmin.” The Old Aqueduct Club was a unique Fort Wayne group that celebrated childhood memories of the canal era. The aqueduct carried the main channel of the Wabash & Erie Canal across the Saint Mary’s River just north of Main Street. After the canal ceased operation, the aqueduct was abandoned until it finally collapsed during a terrible ice storm in 1883. The Old Aqueduct Club was formed in November 1912 and the rules of the club stated that members had to be male persons forty-five years of age or older who had lived west of Calhoun Street before 1872 and had gone swimming in the old aqueduct. The Club annually held a dinner meeting and by the 1930s there were as many as 500 members who claimed to have met the requirements. Members of the Old Aqueduct Club used the gavel during their annual dinner meetings. By 1955, there were only eleven members left to attend the banquet and the club was dissolved. Copied from a July 17, 2018 post with photos by The History Centeron Facebook. Read the 1912 newspaper article Boys of Long Ago Will Meet Again in the Saturday 23 Nov 1912 The Fort Wayne Sentinel on Newspapers.com. 21Country: What’s the story behind Fort Wayne’s smallest park? At 0.02 acres, Orff Park protects the legacy of the Old Aqueduct Club has a video with Tom Castaldi, local historiandiscussing the Wabash and Erie Canal and Old Aqueduct club published November 9, 2021 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station. Click image below to read the newspaper article Boys of Long Ago Will Meet Again about forming the Old Aqueduct Club from The Fort Wayne Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana 23 Nov 1912, Saturday, page 4 on Newspapers.com.

Old City Hall

Old City Hall is an individual local historic district. The Fort Wayne City Building - was built in 1840 on land donated to the city by Samuel Hanna at Barr and Berry Streets. The sandstone building was built in 1893 in the Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. In 1977, the city of Fort Wayne committed a Federal Grant to rehabilitate the Old City Hall for use as a historical museum that is now the home of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society known as the The History Center. The Old City Hall / History Center is Stop #7 on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail. See Fort Wayne’s Old City Hall by Tom Castaldi published August 14, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog. DAR honors Historical Society for Shields Room renovation June 20, 2013 on WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Historical society honored for restoration June 22, 2013 by Julie Crothers of The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Old Crown Brewing Corporation

Taped August 11, 1976 Old Crown Brewery on Spy Run--Fort Wayne, Indiana
posted 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. Camera and Editing by Steve Fortriede.

25015 Spy Run Avenue, was founded as The French Brewery in 1862 by Charles L. Centlivre (a French immigrant), at 2501 to 2531 North Spy Run Avenue. Wikipedia has this Advertisement from 1905 If You Want to be Well drink beer that is pure and healthful. Our Special ExportBeer is absolutely pure, properly aged and fermented, and is made from the best materials money can buy. We spare neither care, cash nor brains in the brewing of this perfect beer, and the rich, inimitable flavor is the natural consequence. Drink Special Export - the beer that tells. C L Centlivre Brewing Co. Phone 62, Made in Ft. Wayne. The last of the brewery was demolished in 1989. IndianaBeer.com has more photos and information on local breweries at A Brief History of Brewing in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Short video posted in a March 31, 2017 discussion onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Old Drug Building

Said to be the birthplace of baking powder and the oldest commercial structure still standing in the city. Housed the city’s first drugstore, established in 1848 by Col. Hugh B. Reed. From October 21, 1980 article in The News-Sentinel newspaper. Discussed March 9, 2017 including photo in Comments on Allen County Genealogical Society of Indianaon Facebook.

Old Fort Park

Old Fort Park
The History Center Facebook photo

The first city park, Old Fort Park, was established in 1863, through the gift of land from Henry Williams. Photo and text copied from a May 17, 2022 post by The History Center on Facebook. Last remant is the wishing well at Fire Station # 1 on Main Street. Photo in the Community Album? Read Fort Wayne’s First Park by Tom Castaldi published May 8, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. See photo of old cannon at the park posted November 28, 2017 on Fort Wayne Food Tours on Facebook.

Old Fort Place

Was the block between Lafayette and Clay Street that began disappearing with the Nickel Plate Elevation in early 1950s. Photo and discussion November 19, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Gas House

Old Gas House

Photo of the Gas House Circa. 1913 was posted and discussed July 9, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Photo was copied from 79 photos for Don Hall’s Old Gas House on Yelp.com. Since 1955 the location has been Hall's Gas House restaurant on Superior Street of the local Don Hall's restaurant chain. It was the Fort Wayne Gas Light Company for producing gas from coal in the 1850s. See Under the Gas Lights by Tom Castaldi published May 23, 2013 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Coal tar residue from coal processing into gas over a century ago is considered a hazardous waste site near the rivers requiring cleanup - NIPSCO planning for coal tar cleanup this fall in St. Marys River The work will require temporary use of the large grassy area on the Old Fort grounds by Kevin Kilbane published March 9, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspapernow on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

Old Methodist College - OMC

Was once the center of education in northeast Indiana. In 1893 it moved to Upland, IN and became Taylor University. A photo of a marker at its location by the river and very close to the turn for Wayne Street is shown on A short historical tour of central Fort Wayneby Nancy McCammon-Hansen published June 28, 2013 on History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Olinger's Grocery

Lewis and Hanna Streets in early 1900s. 1905 photo in the October 23, 1965 The News-Sentinel newspaperand discussion September 24, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

One Summit Square

Built on the old 1960 Wolf & Desauer location. Indiana Michigan Power Center on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Discussion October 22, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

O'Neils Glass

Photo and discussion of thier upside down sign July 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

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Orange House Restaurant

Four photos from 1955 posted on The Indiana Album from July 6, 2017 post on Facebook. Photo and discussion October 23, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Orphan Trains

Started in the 1850s when orphans and destitute street children from the east coast were put on trains headed west. Most children were placed with farm families who needed their labor and would treat them as their own. By the the 1930s, as many as 200,000 boys and girls had been relocated, from New York, Boston and other Eastern cities. “The largest number came to Indiana,” says Templeton, 69. “Apparently, the railroad that runs from Fort Wayne and comes to Huntington and Wabash was a main line for bringing the kids west.” Read about "Michael Young, 61, of Columbia City recalls his grandmother, Ethyle Gale Young, telling him the story of her father, Henry Gale. Even as a child, he says, he knew the story was remarkable. Gale came to Indiana from upstate New York on an orphan train in 1864." in Boy arrived at 7, became farmhand and more in Untraveled history Indiana was top stop for ‘orphan trains’ both stories by Rosa Salter Rodriguez of The Journal Gazette September 20, 2012. Alfred James Pembrook, born in 1884, came west on a train with his sister Ida Pembrook, born in 1881, around 1890. He lived in Fort Wayne, then moved to St. Petersburg, Florida according to Laura Plato Pembrook Children under Pembrook Childrenon Indiana Orphans Train Project.

Orpheum Theater

1409 South Calhoun at Montgomery, 1915 photo posted November 22, 2014 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Discussed with postcards September 26, 2015 and night time photo added October 3, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

O'Reilly Office Supply Co., Inc.

Now doing business as A.M.O. Office Supply Go AMO. 90th anniversary was on January 1, 2013

Oyster Bar

1830 South Calhoun Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802, phone: (260) 744-9490. In 1894 Joseph, a bartender purchased the saloon, thus beginning the longest family ownership of the establishment. After various owners, Neal Barille, in 1963, purchased Hughie’s Tap and changed the name to Neal’s Oyster Bar. VisitFortWayne.com blog Oyster Bar remains an old-school Fort Wayne favorite- Taking a Tour of Fort Wayne’s Historical Restaurants! posted on January 10, 2013 by Heather. The Oyster Bar – A Fort Wayne Favorite for 60+ Years by Tina Bobilya published January 26, 2017 on Indiana Insider Blog.

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