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 newspaper Digital Special.

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.

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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. Underground Railroad Sites: Fort Wayne at Underground Railroad Sites in Indiana at Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
  6. Levi Coffin: the “President of the Underground Railroad” at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidental Library & Museums.
  7. Underground Railroad section of Indiana Historical Bureau on IN.gov.
  8. Underground Railroad at the Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology section of Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Post Office

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

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