U Named Places in Allen County, Indiana

University of Saint Francis

Episode 166: Bass Mansion published December 20, 2021 by Granite Ridge Builderson YouTube
One of Fort Wayne's hidden architectural gems: the Bass Mansion, located on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. Join the BTS crew as we explore the ornate styles of the mansion, plus a bit of football action with Johnny the Saint Francis Cougar!

www.sf.edu, founded in 1890 in Lafayette, Indiana. Moved to Fort Wayne in 1944. Founder of Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration religious order has had lasting impact in the Fort Wayne area Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, sisters from University of Saint Francis plan to attend Mass in Germany elevating her to one step from sainthood. by Kevin Kilbane was published November 7, 2013 on The News-Sentinel newspaper. Order’s founder to be beatified by Rosa Salter Rodriguez published November 7, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Saint Francis at 125 a The News-Sentinel newspaperDigital Special.

July 8, 2021 post by ARCH, Inc. on Facebook:

Have you seen this unusual building in Lindenwood Cemetery and wondered what it was? Currently it is used for storage, but it had a grand life before its cemetery days. The building was located at Brookside, the John Henry Bass estate, where University of Saint Francis is now. The building used to be the “Palm House.” Tropical plants were grown in this building.


Underground Railroad

March 26, 2023 post by the Kentucky Genealogical Society on Facebook:

A clandestine network of routes and safe houses helped many people who were enslaved escape into free states and for some, Canada, during the Underground Railroad. While there were numerous routes through different states to freedom, here is a map of routes through Indiana and Michigan.

#Kentucky #genealogy #familyhistory #UndergroundRailroad

Underground Railroad in Indiana premiered March 18, 2021 by ARCH, Inc on YouTube
ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) has been a leading force for preservation in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana since 1975 with monthly programs and more on their website: https://archfw.org/. Recordings of ARCH, Inc. programs are premiered on YouTube.

  1. See our African-American People page and Slavery in Indiana section.
  2. The only confirmed underground railroad house in Allen County is the 1840 ALEXANDER T. RANKIN HOUSE at 818 Lafayette Street discussed by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
  3. The Underground Railroad and the Antislavery Movement in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana 182 page document by Angela M. Quinn ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage), Fort Wayne, Indiana 2001 at the National Park Service.
  4. The Broun-Leslie house built before 1850 on 1.27 acres on the corner of East State Boulevard and Reed Road, formerly included a glass greenhouse built in 1948. The property is mentioned in history books about the Underground Railroad including a photo on page 155 in Jeanine Michna-Bales’s new book, “Through Darkness to Light,” published March 28, 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press available on Amazon.com. From Underground Railroad property vs. crony capitalism in City of Fort Wayne by Linda Leslie publilshed June 18, 2015 on Frost Illustrated now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Was discussed September 2, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.
  5. “We actually have correspondents from Levi Coffin, which recommends to someone to go through Fort Wayne because at this time he believes this to be the safest route,” said Connie Haas Zuber, Executive Director of ARCH Incorporated. Copied from ‘We need to know where we came from’: Underground Railroad has ties to northeast Indiana, Jada Jones, October 23, 2023, CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.
  6. Page 455 Please receive and forward the same to George D. Baptist, Detroit, Michigan, by way of Camden and Fort Wayne; I consider that to be the safest route. from Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad; Being a Brief History of the Labors of a Lifetime in Behalf of the Slave, with the Stories of Numerous Fugitives, Who Gained Their Freedom Through His Instrumentality, and Many Other Incidents: Electronic Edition. Coffin, Levi, 1798-1877
  7. Underground Railroad Sites: Fort Wayne at Underground Railroad Sites in Indiana at Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
  8. Levi Coffin: the “President of the Underground Railroad” at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidental Library & Museums.
  9. October 28, 2023 post by Ray E. Boomhower on Facebook:

    “I thought it was always safe to do right. The Bible, in bidding us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, said nothing about color, and I should try to follow out the teachings of that good book.”

    Levi Coffin, born on this day in 1798

    Levi Coffin and "The Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad"

  10. Underground Railroad section of Indiana Historical Bureau on IN.gov.
  11. Underground Railroad at the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology section of Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
  12. Underground Railroad: Indiana State Laws at the USDA Forest Service.
  13. The Underground Railroad in Indiana Indiana: Crossroads of Freedom! Find out how Hoosiers played a role in the Underground Railroad in this article for grades 3-12 at Education National Geographic.org.
  14. Underground Railroad in Indiana at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

020717 Jeannie Regan Dinius, Indiana DNR, Speaks About Underground RR in Indiana posted Feb 13, 2017 by Kevin Murphy on YouTube
Indiana Department of Natural Resources representative, Jeannie Regan-Dinius, proved a detailed account of Indiana's history regarding slavery and the Underground Railroad. Her presentation is especially rich in its emphasis of investigative methodology required to separate mythology from documentable fact, a tutorial that could serve well for any field of investigation.

Urban Legends

6 Fort Wayne Urban Legends to Keep You Up at Night by Aaron Michael MicClaskey listed Devil's Hollow, The Lady in White on Main Street, The Lights on Bruick Road, Stairways to the Abyss, Poe's Haunted Bridge and The Phantom of the Embassy published October 6, 2015 on Inside IPFW blog was discussed July 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook.

United States Archives

The United States has been accumulating records since the first meeting of the Continental Congress in 1774, and, as the...

Posted by US National Archives on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024 post by the US National Archives on Facebook:

The United States has been accumulating records since the first meeting of the Continental Congress in 1774, and, as the government grew, so did the paperwork it created. Until 1934, however, there were no national archives to consolidate the papers, so each government department, bureau, or office retained custody of its own records.

In this Pieces of History blog post, learn about the creation of "The Guide to the Archives of the Government of the United States in Washington," published in 1904. The book was lauded as the first comprehensive list of records held by the federal government and was instrumental in the creation of the National Archives in 1934.

The First Guide to Federal Records [ Guide to the archives of the government of the United States in Washington ]

#HistoricalPreservation #GovernmentRecords #PiecesOfHistory

United States Post Office

December 15, 2016 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook:

For "Throwback Thursday" we share this article from The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette regarding the "new" downtown post office. If you recall we shared a picture of the Hofer brothers back on September 15th surveying the site in the fall of 1975.

The land was bordered by Lafayette, Brackenridge and Barr streets and Douglas Avenue and lots south of the block extending on Lafayette Street to the Penn Central railroad tracks. It was shared December 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

See Old Post Office.

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