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Packard Piano and Organ Company

Was established in 1871 when the founder Isaac Packard an organ builder in Chicago left after the Chicago fire October 10, 1871 destroyed his buisness. According to local legend, Packard then boarded a train and told the conductor to let him out when the money ran out. His fare ran out in Fort Wayne. His new company Fort Wayne Organ Company produced Packard Orchestrals. He died in 1873, but his company continued until people could no longer afford pianos during the Great Depression when the company went out of business. A few years after the company closed, the City of Fort Wayne bought the property, tore down the buildings, and made it into a city park- Packard Park. Copied from Packard Pianos by Carmen Doyle published March 5, 2013 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See a Historical Timeline of Isaac T. Packard on The Packard Organ The Pride of All Nations web site and Wayback Machine.

Neighborhoods of the 07 posted a Steve Tyler comment November 30, 2019 on Facebook.

Steven Tyler’s Pump Organ the signed organ with a plate on the front of organ that reads "Fort Wayne Organ Co." later became the Packard Piano & Organ Company from the Pawn Stars History Channel television show. See Aerosmith - Dream On video posted December 5, 2012 on the official Aerosmith YouTubeChannel. See also STEVEN TYLER ORGAN USED TO WRITE "DREAM ON" Sold for: $28,800 at ArchiveAuctions.com. Lot 647 of 724: STEVEN TYLER ORGAN USED TO WRITE "DREAM ON" at Julienslive.com has a broken link to Season 11 American Idol where Tyler discusses writing the song and appears with the organ in a behind-the-scenes American Idol clip.

Packard Organ and Piano Company ca. 1910
By Randy Harter
Fort Wayne Reader
2017-04-09

When Isaac T. Packard’s organ factory in Chicago was destroyed in the horrific fire that leveled over three square miles of that city, he relocated the factory to Fort Wayne in October 1871. With the assistance of a group of prominent local investors that included Charles McCulloch, Steven Bond, John Bass and Judge Lindley Ninde, the Fort Wayne Organ Company was incorporated the next month, and in December the was ground broken for the four-story brick plant on Fairfield Avenue. Four months later, in April 1872, the factory was built and the first of what would come to be thousands elaborate ornate reed organs were completed. Sadly, just two years later in September of 1873, Isaac died, yet, in the hands of Steven Bond, and later his son Albert, the company would continue to flourish, later changing the name to the Packard Organ Company in 1889.

After introducing their first piano in 1893, the company’s line of pianos grew to include a number of upright, player, grand and baby grand models. They produced their last organ in 1914; in order to reflect their reconfigured product line, in 1915 they renamed the growing concern The Packard Piano Company. With over 300 workers, the company could produce between 3,000-4,000 pianos per year, and offered models in Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, and Black Walnut. As the company grew, so too did the development of the South Wayne area, and as part of their expansion Packard had offices in Kansas City, MO; London, England; Hamburg, Germany and Melbourne, Australia. Beginning in 1911, they also began producing pianos under the “Bond” brand as a less expensive alternative to the more elaborate “Packard” models.

Packard later expanded into building wood cabinets for the nascent radio and television manufacturing market. The depression hit in 1930, and, like many other piano manufacturers (as well as the companies Packard made the radio cabinets for), Packard went into receivership, thus ending 59 years in business. The Packard name was revived for a time when piano makers Story & Clark purchased rights to the trademark in 1938; while no longer made in Fort Wayne, they manufactured models using the Packard label into the 1950’s.

In June 1933 the Park Board purchased the former Packard factory grounds, and after removing the buildings and adding improvements, opened it as Packard Park in 1937. Today, the 4.5 acre Packard Park features a modern pavilion, tennis courts, playground equipment, and a baseball diamond.

(Image courtesy Todd Baron Collection)

Randy Harter is a Fort Wayne historian, author, and tour guide for Fort Wayne Food Tours.

  1. The marker is located in the northwest corner of Packard Park, which opened in 1937 where the piano company once stood. In the years after World War II, the park hosted games by the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Copied from COMMEMORATING THE PACKARD PIANO & ORGAN COMPANY July 5, 2019 by The Waynedale News Staff at The Waynedale News.com.
  2. Illustrated catalogue, Packard organs: Manufactured by the Fort Wayne Organ Co. 15 page booklet at the Indiana State Library Trade Catalogs.
  3. Oakdale History Presents: The Packard Piano Company by Melissa Hitzemann on Historic Oakdale Neighborhood Association.
  4. The company built organs until 1893, adding pianos in 1894 and changing the name of the company. It was purchased by Story and Clark in 1938 who continued selling Packard pianos a few more years, see ad from Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, photo, and another photo of building and also on Flickr.
  5. 100-year-old Packard is a long way from home story about a restored Packard piano posted January 22, 2013 on The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  6. Historical Timeline on Isaac Packard at The Packard Organ The Pride of All Nationsweb site.
  7. Photos and more on Packard Company.
  8. Photos and lengthy discussion November 26, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  9. A 1908 postcard posted November 5, 2018 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group.
  10. The Ft. Wayne Organ Company was in business from 1898-1914. By the end of 1914, the business had shifted it's business to primarily piano production, which there was a much higher demand. The name was then changed to the Packard Piano Company. Copied from a discussion July 17, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  11. A short video with photos and history about the new park plaque was on original Perfect Pitch by Eric Olson, 21Country Featured Reporter posted July 4, 2019 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station website but now on Internet Archive Wayback Machine it may not be available.
  12. Photos and some history were posted September 5, 2019 by The History Centeron Facebook.
  13. 150 years: Packard organ maker key legacy for city by Ashley Sloboda published April 4, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  14. Discussed November 13, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Palace Theater

126 E. Washington Boulevard, the corner of Clinton Street and Washington Boulevard. April 23, 1957 the building's owners announced it would be razed to make room for a parking lot. The second-oldest theater in the city, it cost $200,000 to build and seated 1,700. It was dedicated January 25, 1915, and at the time was devoted exclusively to vaudeville, then in its heyday. Copied from THIS DAY IN HISTORY: April 23 in photos published April 23, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. The block is now home to the Civic Center Parking Garage for the Grand Wayne Center and other downtown events from a June 9, 2022 post with photos and information on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. See Cinema Treasures, comments on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana, photo and discussion April 17, 2017 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and authoron You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. See Photo Record on The Indiana Album and same photo with discussion May 16, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. 1957 photo of Civic Theatre sign covering the Palace sign posted May 19, 2017 on DasFort on Facebook. See more local Theaters such as the Broadway Theatre, Clyde Theatre, Embassy Theatre, Holiday Theater, Jefferson Theatre, Palace Theatre, Rialto Theatre, and Paramount Theatre.

Randy Harter image
Richard Stamats 1964 cropped photo from the Lincoln Tower

The image above was posted June 19, 2022 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and authoron True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. Randy was discussing the Palace Theater/Civic Theater E. Washington in relation to the corner with Clinton Street. He found this photo showing the Palace Theater (bottom 4th label from left) that Richard Stamats took from the top of the Lincoln Tower in 1964 that shows that block and Randy fiddled around labeling it.

The Richard Stamats video below shows the Palace Theater/Civic Theater E. Washington photo above morphing from his 1964 photo into a 2017 Daniel Baker photo back and forth from 15-seconds to around 50-seconds. Richard Stamats flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/stamats and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.stamats

Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 and 2017 uploaded Jan 14, 2019 by Richard Stamatson YouTube
Fort Wayne morph of two scenes both are from 1964 and 2017. These photos will be part of a book on Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne is where I was born and my home until 1967, I took the 1964 photographs at age 16. It is particularly lucky that I shot them in a way to make a panorama 50 years later. A book is available that includes these photos and many more. Available at Amazon Fort Wayne Through Time (America Through Time). On June 23, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook Richard Stamats posted the same video stating: In 2017, I put together this video with Daniel Baker's current photograph and my 1964 photographs into a morphing of the different dates. I added a WOWO story done by CBS as the audio. I hope you enjoy effect.

Paramount Theatre

Designed by Alvin M. Strauss. See ACPL 1950 photo , said to be more luxurious than the Embassy Theatre. See ACPL 1951 interior photo. The wurlitzer organ ended up in a Tacoma, Washington restaurant destroyed by fire August 3, 1999. A special section was published in the October 3, 1930 in The News-Sentinel newspaperwhen it opened at 121 E. Wayne Street. Paramount Theatre 121 E. Wayne Street, had one screen and 2,086 seats from Cinema Treasures has some information and comments. One comment says Paul F. Nachtigall, was the sculptor who created and carved the molds for the bas-releif plasterwork inside the Emboyd (Embassy Theatre) and the Paramount in Fort Wayne from the special section about the Paramount when it opened on October 3, 1930. Several comments mention links like the Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Libraryphotos of the 1950 Fire Prevention Week lines outside and the 1951 inside crowd. Also this one to Puget Sound Pipeline Online about the Pizza and Pipes Restaurant in Tacoma, Washington with photos of the beautiful "Balaban" style Wurlitzer [pipe organ that] was originally installed in 1927 in the Paramount Theatre, Fort Wayne Indiana. It was at the restaurant from 1974-1999 when the restaurant was destroyed August 3, 199 in a fire. It includes links to more photos after the fire and newspaper stories. City's Past Illuminated Through Historic Lighting Fixtures Jim Saxton worked at the Paramount Theatre rescues historic light fixtures by Julia Meek published February 1, 2017 on WBOI.org. Photo posted and discussed September 8, 2017, September 17, 2017, November 18, 2017, lots of photos in Comments of long discussion September 14 2018, May 24, 2019 and Paramount Name Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. Photos and discussion March 30, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. Theatrical variety part of history published August 29, 1994 by Michael Hawfield from the Archives of The News-Sentinel newspaperdiscusses this and other local theatres. See more local Theaters such as the Broadway Theatre, Clyde Theatre, Embassy Theatre, Holiday Theater, Jefferson Theatre, Palace Theatre, Rialto Theatre, and Paramount Theatre.

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Parkview Field

Parkview Field and The Harrison

John McGauley photograph Parkview Field and The Harrison posted May 19, 2014 on flickr
A close-up aerial look at Parkview Field and the attached Harrison apartment complex in downtown Fort Wayne.

Google map photo from Street View corner of Ewing and Brackenridge Streets.

TinCaps baseball stadium named September 11, 2008 opened April 16, 2009 from History of Parkview Field. Come on In A view of Parkview Field special insert published April 15, 2009 and Parkview Field Downtown jewel shines published April 17, 2009 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. An Allen County Public Libraryaccount is needed to read the article online through the ProQuest web site. See Parkview Park – a Fort Wayne Treasure on Visit Fort Wayne blog. Golden Pen – March Downtown magnolia worth saving April 7, 2013 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Video posted April 9, 2017 by Tom Mauger on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. There are a couple of interesting newspaper opinions on the failure or success of this venture in the May 14, 2007 The Journal Gazette newspaperposted December 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. The millionth non-baseball attendee passed through the gates in 2017 was stated on the Fort Wayne Town Hall by Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick broadcast December 17, 2017 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station. A preview was posted December 15, 2017 on Inside INdiana Business on Facebook. See Fort Wayne Franchise History posted August 30, 2011 at MILB.com.

See our sections on Baseball, Camp Allen Park, Fort Wayne Daisies, League Park, Kekionga Ball Grounds, Fort Wayne Kekionga Baseball Team, Parkview Field, Fort Wayne TinCaps, and Fort Wayne Wizards.

Parkview Field Time Lapse by Brownfields Fort Wayne published December 14, 2011 YouTube

Parkview Hospital Randallia

2200 Randallia Dr, Fort Wayne, IN, www.parkview.com/, www.parkview.com/locations/parkview-hospital-randallia/parkview-hospital-randallia, Street View photo from Google map 

Started July 21, 1878 as Fort Wayne City Hospital in the former Purman mansion on the corner of Hanna and Lewis streets. October 19,[31?] 1878 Fort Wayne City Hospital opened briefly in the residence of William S. Edsall on West Main Street, them moved to the corner of Hanna and Lewis Streets for 5 years. 1883 moved to former homestead of Oliver S. Hanna at the southwest corner of Barr Street and Washington Boulevard. 1891 (officially 1900) renamed Hope Hospital after large donations from the Jesse Williams family. 1917 opened at a new location 119 West Lewis Street. 1918 Indianapolis Methodist Episcopal Hospital took control and renamed Hope Methodist. 1922 renamed Methodist Hospital. On November 8, 1953, Parkview Memorial Hospital was dedicated at Randallia and State. Of the $3 million project cost, $470,000 was contributed by GE and GE employees to help build this key part of what eventually became Northeast Indiana's biggest healthcare network. Copied from a November 8, 2022 post by Electric Works which included a photo of a newspaper article on Facebook. Moved November 21, 1953 from Methodist Hospital into the new Parkview Memorial Hospital on Randalia Avenue and State Boulevard shown in July 21, 1978 100th Anniversary of Parkview Hospital in the The Journal Gazette newspaper posted September 21, 2017 and additional July 25, 1978 newspaper articles posted October 5, 2017, and October 12, 2017, then March 11, 2007 article posted November 2, 2017 on building the new Parkview North article by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook. 1990's removed Memorial from its name. March 2012 Parkview opened its new Regional Medical Center at I-69 and Dupont Road. March 18, 2012 Parkview opens its modern marvel by Steve Penhollow of The Journal Gazette newspaper.

  1. Parkview's Proud Predecessors 30 plus page article at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  2. Methodist Hospital - Parkview Hospital early history from 1878 from Indiana Story Tellers on Archive.org Wayback Machine.

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Parkview History 1878 to 1953 (Chapters One and Two) posted November 21, 2016 by ParkviewHealth on YouTube.
Combined History Chapters 1 and 2 covering the Parkview history from the first hospital in 1878 through to the opening of Parkview Memorial Hospital in 1953
1:47 Fort Wayne City Hospital; 13:50 Methodist Hospital of Fort Wayne; 24:21 Parkview Methodist School of Nursing

Parkview History Chapter Three 1953-1995 posted November 21, 2016 by ParkviewHealth on YouTube.
Parkview History beginning with the opening of Parkview Memorial Hospital in 1953 and continuing to 1995, the year that the Parkview Health System was creat
0:31 1956-1961 ; 8:41 1970; 13:07 1980s

Parkview Regional Medical Center

11109 Parkview Plaza Dr, www.parkview.com/locations/parkview-regional-medical-center/parkview-regional-medical-center, Street View photo from Google map

New Vision: The Parkview Regional Medical Center a WFWA TV39 PBS Fort Wayne Special | 57m 47s Learn about the history of Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Aired: 03/14/12 Rating: NR.

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Parks

Fort Wayne has nearly 90 parks since the first 1863 Old Fort Park, are physically intertwined with local trail system and the 3 local rivers. Fort Wayne Area Parks on Visit Fort Wayne has a four part series on local parks. List of parks in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

Parrot Packing Company

Started by Francis Joseph Parrot. His family history is on genealogy.com. 1920 photo is on Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library. The 1920 photo and brief discusison on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Paula’s On Main

1732 West Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46808, phone: (260) 424-2300. Two-story restaurant housed in an old factory building. Read more on the VisitFortWayne.com blog - Taking a Tour of Fort Wayne’s Historical Restaurants! posted on January 10, 2013 by Heather.

Penguin Point

A restaurant franchise out of Warsaw, Kosciusko County, only one left of formerly several in the city discussed August 12, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Penney, J. C.

1932 J.C. Penney came to Fort Wayne

The November 7, 1927 The Journal Gazette newspapershowed a drawing of a new store opening at 1208-1210 South Calhoun Street posted December 12, 2018 in You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. The founder J. C. Penney came to Fort Wayne in 1932 to speak at a meeting with representatives from 19 stores in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. He had 1,477 stores nationwide with annual sales of $175,000,000. He opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming on an initial investment of $500.

Pennsylvania Shops

The Pennsy depot was razed in 1966. In its final years it was owned by Grieger Chevrolet; its lot used to store used cars. From The Pennsy Shops by Kevin Leininger from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. See photo and discussion February 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. Photo of the Marching Band and Blacksmiths at the shop posted March 16, 2017 discussion and 1930 photo machine shop workers posted April 20, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

People's Trust Bank

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology photo
Indiana Division of Historic
Preservation & Archaeology photo

Photos and discussion January 1, 2017 and clock February 13, 2017and July 28, 2017 photo of clock at Baker Street Station on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. Geodesic dome photo and discussion July 20, 2017by Fort Wayne Food Tours on Facebook. Photos of remaining buildings were posted May 2, 2019 by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology on Facebook.

Percussion Center

Opened in 1973 sold equipment like rock band Rush wearing its shirt. Owner Neal Graham died December 23, 2012. Rock n’ roll stories from Fort Wayne’s past Big names. Big events. Brushes with fame… 2011-02-06 by Michael Summers.

Perfection Biscuit Company

503 Ewing Street, 1913, now called Aunt Millies. See photo discussed March 23, 2017 and video of the Sunbeam bread rotating sign March 30, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Phelps Dodge

A natural gas explosion at Phelps Dodge on New Haven Avenue happened August 23, 1966 killing 2 and injured 22. A different explosion also occurred in February 1966 on Broadway.

  1. An explosion at the Phelps Dodge gas plant in Fort Wayne kills five and causes $5 million in damage. was stated in the 1960-1969: Timeline from the Fort Wayne History archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  2. Photo of an Aerial view of the natural gas explosion at Phelps Dodge Wire Company in the office building on New Haven Ave.. Date 08/23/1966 and more Fire Fighter photos from a Phelps Dodge Explosion Search at Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Library.
  3. 4 DIE IN EXPLOSION. STILL SEARCH FOR BODIES AT FORT WAYNE. Fort Wayne, IN Office Building Explosion, Aug 1966 posted June 17th, 2009 by Stu Beitler from the Kokomo Tribune Indiana newspaper 1966-08-24 on GenDisasters.com.
  4. Photos were posted and discussed August 8, 2017, November 22, 2017, July 10, 2018, May 15, 2019, and Phelps Dodge Explosion Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  5. Former police reporter remembers blast that killed two in 1966 by Sheryl Kreig was published October 7, 2017 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

Philmore on Broadway

2441 Broadway, now closed, formerly philmoreonbroadway.com, and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilmoreonBroadway/. The Broadway Theater opened November 5th, 1923, as one of five ‘neighborhood’ theaters in Fort Wayne, and the only one located on Broadway; a major commercial strip at the time. The theater changed names over the years, but ran successfully for almost 60 years. It was renamed Indiana Theater in 1934 which closed November 9, 1969. December 19, 1969 opened as Theatre A, then in the 1970s operated as Cinema Blue, an X-rated theater, agreeing to close in 1985. The building became home to a restaurant in 1998, called the Catablu Gourmet American Grill closing May 29, 2009. It then became a jazz club known as The Philmore on Broadway. Cinema Treasures has several comments - one cites newspaper articles New Broadway Theater in the November 3, 1923 The News-Sentinel newspaper and Indiana Theater Closes Nov. 9 by Cindy Pond in the October 27, 1969 The Journal Gazette newspaper. Discussed May 31, 2016 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.

Phone booth

Discussed April 2, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. July 8, 2017 Midwest National Parks on Facebook posted a photo in Prairie Grove, Kansas of a National Register of Historic Places phone booth. Reposted on Facebook July 11, 2017 one comment pointed out there is at least one phone book in Fort Wayne at the Salvation Army downtown visible on Google maps.

Pierre Settlement

Named for Michael Pierre, an early French settler from Bettnig France who was interred in Pierre Settlement aka Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Cemetery cemetery in 1871 now on Saint Joseph Center Road.

Piggly Wiggly

 Piggly-Wiggly Stores, J G Saunders mgr, office 124 W Main. from page 814 and from page 892 " Justus G (Eppie), mgr Piggly-Wiggly Stores, h[ouse] 621 W Jefferson in the 1922 Fort Wayne City Directory. Kroger appears to have entered Fort Wayne in the late 1920s by purchasing a chain called Hoosier. Piggly Wiggly disappeared from the city at the same time as Hoosier (and one PW also became a Kroger), so perhaps Hoosier was running those stores as well. Copied from Fort Wayne, IN chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-87 on Groceteria. The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Store What’s in a name? by Kat Eschner posted September 6, 2017 on Smithsonianmag.com posted September 3, 2022 on Smithsonian Magazine" on Facebook.

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Pinex Company


The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook photo

Originally made at 123 Columbia Street, street is now called The Landing. William H. Noll started the Pinex Company in 1905. This company manufactured a cough remedy called “Pinex” which, by 1910, could be purchased in nearly any drugstore in the United States. In 1960 Revlon, Inc. while expanding its operations in the proprietary drug field, purchased the Pinex Company. Copied from Pinex Company, Ft. Wayne, IN posted September 5, 2013 on Old Main Artifacts which has many photos of their advertisements and several dozen comments. Discussed July 15, 2018 and again July 15, 2018 and general Pinex Search on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Pio Market

March 5, 2012 photo posted onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Pirogue Landing

Johnny Appleseed & Pirogue Landing posted March 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube. See our Johnny Appleseed page.

Page 139, shows the Piroque Landing along the St. Mary's River at the top left of the map Where the Two Stockaded Forts were Located in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org

Page 328 A Pirogue journey in 1836 in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org

Today the Pirogue Landing is the intersection of Superior and Lafayette streets near the river bridge. It is mentioned on page 234 as one of 13 times pirogue is mentioned in the book The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.

Pirogue Landing is (Stop #12) on the Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). Google map Street viewshows the location of the Pirogue Landing marker in the lawn near the river and the Old Gas House restaurant parking lot stating: Terminal point where French-Canadian boats, hollowed from 30-60 foot poplar logs, brought families and cargo up the Maumee River from Toledo and Detroit, and returned furs to Lake Erie in exchange for trader’s supplies from the late 1700s until the canal era of the 1840s. Piroque Landing at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org. Piroque Landing by Tom Castaldi, local historian published January 16, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Piroque mentions besides the 13 mentions in Griswold's book above include:

  1. Angeline Chapeteau Peltier-Griswold, born 1790, at age 17 arrived in Fort Wayne in a pirogue from Detroit with her grandparents in 1804.
  2. The trip from Toledo to this place he made in a piroque upon the river as far as the rapids. in the February 24, 1891 obituary of Peter F. Barrand An Old Pioneer of the County Passes to His Eternal Home in the Besancon Chronicles at the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana.

Pixley Relief Home

Clipped from a full page ad Campaign for Twenty Philantropies
October 30, 1923 on page 5 in The Journal Gazette newspaper

George and Sarah Pixley donated their home at 2300 Maumee Avenue to the Relief Union in 1918. In 1920 it was given the name Pixley Relief Home. A full page newspaper article Opening of the Pixley Relief Home Begins the Fifty-fifth Year of Local Union's Endeavor was in the February 2, 1919 The Journal Gazette newspapershown below on Newspapers.com. See the timeline Origins of Headwaters Counseling for more information. At the time Maumee Avenue was part of the Lincoln Highway and the home was south of Memorial Park. A 1927 photo from Allen County Public Library Digital Collections at the Allen County Public Librarywas posted and discussed April 3, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. The home was demolished around 1960 and is the current site of Summit Church built in 1962 at 2320 Maumee Avenue. The Home took in children whose parents couldn't take care of them as shown in the 1923 newspaper ad on the right. There are several Pixley Relief Home articles from 1919 with photos of bedrooms and more similar to the photo below on Newspapers.com. It was also mentioned in Fort Wayne man remembers Wolf & Dessauer's 'orphans' dinners' as a generous holiday gift by Kevin Kilbane published December 17, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

February 2, 1919 The Journal Gazette newspaper

A photo of the house in the September 15, 1919 News and Sentinel newspaper article was posted April 23, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

The History page of Headwaters Counseling at 2712 South Calhoun on April 3, 2018 states: The roots of Headwaters Counseling go back to 1873. First known as The Home for Friendless Women and Homeless Girls, or Home for the Friendless, we evolved into the Pixley Child Welfare Agency. In 1895, the Fort Wayne Associated Charities was formed and later assumed the title of Family Service Bureau. The Bureau was incorporated on January 29, 1924, under the provision of an act of the Indiana General Assembly. Homemaker Service was added to the Bureau’s function in 1938 and terminated in June 1969. In 1946, the Family Service Bureau merged with the Pixley Child Welfare Agency.

Pizza- First Sold in Fort Wayne

In the 1940's at Tonys at Broadway and Taylor in what was later the gay nineties bar. Later moved out to Bluffton Road across from the drive-in, was called Pizza King but later Tony's Pizza. Discussed June 21, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Pleasant Hill Dairy

Started in 1862 and was 63 years in business from a 1925 telephone book listing discussed in a 1999 The Journal Gazette newspaperarticle on Eskay Dairy posted January 21, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Poinsette Motors

Discussed March 29, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Poinsette Store

Goshen Avenue, 1910 photo of Ed W. Poinsette Store posted September 29, 2017 onthe original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.

Poor Farm

See Allen County Poor Farm.

Portage

Portage to Wabash River posted March 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube.

The Portage That Made Fort Wayne on page 20 of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org

Is located on the southwest side of Fort Wayne is a land bridge connecting the three local rivers - Saint Joseph flows south from Michigan, St. Mary's River flows northwest from Ohio, and Maumee River flows northeast through Ohio eventually to Lake Erie at Toledo, with the beginning of the Wabash River in southwest Allen County and northeast Huntington County flowing southwest to the Ohio River. Portage is a French term for “carrying place,” denotes the route where early travelers carried their canoes from one river over to another, may have been a 9 to 25 miles long overland hike copied from The Beginnings of the Portage to the Wabash River posted June 10, 2013 by Tom Castaldi on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. See Maumee-Wabash Portage Was Once Widely Used By Indians, Traders map from the two page December 28, 1958 article in the The Journal Gazette newspaperat History Center Digital Collection on the mDON mastodon Digital Object Network. Other maps and material are available under Search: Portages--Indiana on Indiana Memory. Read about the Portage and Little River Wetlands Project that has brought bald eagles and more wildlife back to the area in A Little Wabash River and a Little River Wetland by Tom Castaldi, local historianpublished January 22, 2015 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.

Postcards

Photos posted November 18, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook

Powers Hamburgers

Powers Hamburgers
Facebook photo

1402 S Harrison Street, Google map Street View, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PowersHamburgers/. Powers Hamburgers posted January 20, 2012 by Kayleen R. on the Visit Fort Wayneblog. The Powers family, four brothers: Leo, Clell, Harold "Jim", and Dale Powers opened their first restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan in 1935. By 1938 Dale Powers had moved to Port Huron, Michigan and opened a second Powers. Leo moved back to Northeast Indiana where the brothers grew up, and in 1940 opened the Fort Wayne location. In 1947, Leo opened a second Fort Wayne store in an industrial area. In 1980, Leo's son Rolin purchased the business, and Rolin opened a third location on a busy commercial strip in 1983. That store closed in 1989, at which time Rolin was diagnosed with cancer. Rolin died in 1990, and in 2004 the second location closed, leaving the iconic downtown restaurant as the only surviving Powers Hamburgers. The business was sold outside the family in 1999 to Mike Hall. Copied from Powers Hamburgers: A Fort Wayne, Indiana, Treasure (Just Like Major Frank Burns) with photos published August 27, 2008 on SeriousEats.com now only on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and a similar post June 5, 2022 on Indiana Landmarks. Over 25 photos posted August 11, 2017 and discussed January 27, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Proegler House

October 13, 2022 photo posted by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) stating: Dr. Carl & Henrietta Proegler House on Fairfield Avenue. This c.1870 Italianate house was the home of a well-known veteran surgeon. Born in Cologne, Germany, Dr. Proegler came to New York City in 1860. When the Civil War broke out, he offered his services. After the war, he went back to his New York practice until the Franco-German War started. He returned to Germany and was a surgeon. After the war he received the Iron Cross from German Emperor, William I. Dr. Proegler moved to Fort Wayne in 1874. He and his wife, Henrietta had eight children. This house is no longer standing. Cityscape Flats occupies the site.Dr. Carl & Henrietta Proegler House on Fairfield Avenue. This c.1870 Italianate house was the home of a well-known veteran surgeon. Born in Cologne, Germany, Dr. Proegler came to New York City in 1860. When the Civil War broke out, he offered his services. After the war, he went back to his New York practice until the Franco-German War started. He returned to Germany and was a surgeon. After the war he received the Iron Cross from German Emperor, William I. Dr. Proegler moved to Fort Wayne in 1874. He and his wife, Henrietta had eight children. This house is no longer standing. Cityscape Flats occupies the site. 

Promenade Park

Google map photo from Street View is 2017 during construction.

Fly Over Promenade Park - April 24, 2020 posted Apr 27, 20200 by FortWayneParks on YouTube.
Check out Promenade Park on a beautiful spring day. Filmed via Drone on April 24, 202.

202 W. Superior Street, corner of West Superior and North Harrison Street on the St. Marys River. The first phase of Riverfront Fort Wayne Project opened in 2019. See Promenade Park at City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. Over 100 photos of the August 2019 Grand Opening were posted by Riverfront Fort Wayne on Facebook.

  1. Google photos for Promenade Park
  2. TAKE TIME TO EXPLORE PROMENADE PARK 202 W SUPERIOR STREET at Riverfront Fort Wayne.
  3. Promenade Park by Design Collaborative
  4. The Riverfront at Promenade Park Luxury Apartments Facebook, Sturges Property Group.

Promenade Park posted March 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube. See Promenade Park for more information.

Promenade Park video below is from Visit Fort Wayne.

Midwest Riverfront Adventures | Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana posted Sep 13, 2019 by VisitFortWayne on
Explore a one-of-a-kind riverfront in Promenade Park that joins Fort Wayne, Indiana's three rivers to a thriving urban center. The Midwest's newest destination for recreation, arts, and culture is the perfect spot for your next weekend getaway. Learn more at https://visitfortwayne.com/promenadep...

Episode 125: Drinking Water by Granite Ridge Builders posted Oct 15, 2019 on YouTube
Learn more about the process of getting drinking water from the river, filtration plant, and to the home. We will explore this topic at one of Fort Wayne's newest and popular destinations, Promenade Park!
Granite Ridge also has videos called Episode 6: Water (Part 1) April 2, 2015, Episode 7: Water (Part 2) May 15, 2019, and Episode 126: Water Management November 21, 2019.

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