2010-2019 Timeline for Allen County, Indiana

2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

2010 census Indiana population 6,483,802, 345,121 age 70-79 - 5.3%, 197,754 age 80-89 - 3.0%, 38,094 age 90-99 - .59%, 1,083 100 years and over - 0.0167%. Slightly more females than males age 70 to 20% males by age 100 years. From U.S Census Bureau Centarians: 2010.


2010, October 14 - Indiana ranks fourth among corn producing states, the U.S. produces 40% of the world corn. Read more at My Indiana Home Corny Indiana Trivia.


2011, June 10 - 42,000 square foot Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground opening. Was named for 11-year-old Taylor Reuille and her friends. They raised funds and worked with Parks & Recreation to create a space where kids with and without disabilities can build skills for life through play. Named #7 of 8 Awesome Accessible Attractions In The USA by Katie Foote published January 25, 2017 on Epicure&Culture.com.

2011, August 13 - Alina Big Johny killed at Indiana State Fair tragedy awaiting the beginning of a Sugarland concert. Indiana State Fair Honors 5 Dead, 40 Injured By Stage Collapse published August 15, 2011 at FoxNews.com.

2011, October 29 - Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters Firefighter Memorial Dedication

2011, December 22 - just days before Christmas, 9-year-old Alihana Lemmon gruesome murder occurred in an Allen County trailer court when babysitter and trusted neighbor Michael Plumadore (39) bludgeoned Aliahna Lemmon (9) to death with a brick then dismembered her, hiding her head, hands and feet at his home and dumping the rest of her remains nearby.  (AP, 12/28/11)


2012, March - Parkview Regional Medical Center opens slightly northeast of the Dupont Road-Interstate 69 interchange. From Will IU Health lead to aggressive growth? Parkview's history may offer clues by Sherry Slater published May 22, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2012, April 23 - Rousseau Centre dedication offormer City County Building moved to City Building. City-County Building Officially Becomes Rousseau Centre created April 23, 2012 at AllenCounty.us.

2012, June 4 - More than 2,000 people gathered near downtown Fort Wayne on the evening of June 4 to celebrate the opening of the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge on U.S. 27/Clinton Street. The bridge features 25 plaques with quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., sculptural etchings, a 50-foot arch, pedestrian seating midway across the span, and state-of-the-art lighting that displays millions of shades of color. Such aesthetics make it an ideal gateway to downtown Fort Wayne. Copied from MLK Bridge Opening Celebrated In Fort Wayne District on Inside INDOT.

2012 June 18 - Michael L. Plumadore was sentenced to life plus 36 years in prison for killing 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon. Plumadore, a family friend was baby-sitting Lemmon and her sisters when Aliahna went missing days before Christmas 2011.

2012, June 28 - 106° record heat streak. See Fort Wayne Weather Records Fort Wayne, Indiana weather averages and records from 1897–2022 based on data made available by the NOAA. at ExtremeWeatherWatch.com.

2012, June 29 - an unusually strong thunderstorm known as a "derecho" moved through much of the Midwest. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana area were left without power; countless buildings and many properties were damaged from fallen trees. This collection [Summer Storm 2012] represents photographs contributed by the community to document this event. From Allen County Public Library Digital Collection.a Winds peaked at 91 mph wind, followed by another powerful storm July 5, left 78,000 people, businesses and homes without electricity, many for nearly a week. The derecho traveled 700 miles, across 10 states and Washington, D.C. The American Red Cross set up cooling centers due to the extreme muggy heat in the 90°s. See graphs and satelite images from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Weather Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The Historic Derecho of June 29, 2012.

2012, July 7 - set record of four straight days over 100° from FortWayne.com. End up with record 6 days above 100°.

2012, August - Manchester University opens its pharmacy school adjacent to the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus. From Will IU Health lead to aggressive growth? Parkview's history may offer clues by Sherry Slater published May 22, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2012, August 8 - was the 56th consecutive day with high temperatures of at least 80 degrees at Fort Wayne.  This broke the previous record of 55 which was set in 1899.  The streak ended on Thursday August 9, as the high temperature only reached 79 at Fort Wayne. From NOAA National Weather Service Northern Indiana.

2012, August 24 - America's Most Wanted, a television show on the Lifetime Network, took another look at the unsolved killing of 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley who went missing April 1, 1988. Her body was found in a ditch days later.

2012, October 12 - Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad freight house at Clinton and Fourth streets torn down by owners angering preservationists who wanted to make it part of downtown revitalization project.

2012 - ends with only 28 inches of rain, about 10 inches below normal rain, still in a moderate drought from WANE TV

2012 Year in Review by the News-Sentinel

The Year in Weather - 2012 - NOAA National Weather Service

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2013, January 9 - Lafayette Place becomes a Historic District, roughly bounded by Lafayette and Calhoun streets and Pettit and McKinnie avenues.

2013, January 25 - A project believed to be the first of its kind in the eastern United States is expected to increase choices – and lower prices – for people arranging funerals in the Fort Wayne area. Fort Wayne's Catholic cemetery plans $2.5 million funeral home, crematory Would be the first of its kind east of the Mississippi by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel January 25, 2013

2013, February 3 - Rev. John Michael D'Arcy, 80, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, died late Sunday morning at his Fort Wayne residence, succumbing to cancer discovered shortly after Christmas.

2013, February 3 - Super Bowl XLVII Bernard Pollard becomes the third football player from Fort Wayne to be on a winning Super Bowl team - second as a Baltimore Ravens.

2013, February 3 - Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, 88, died. A star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s, played for the Fort Wayne Daisies, and was an inspiration for the central character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 hit movie "A League of Their Own."

2013, March 6 - 10.4 inches of snow fell ending on March 6. The 9 inches on March 5 broke a record and was the 3rd highest March snowfall. The highest March snowfall was 12.6 inches March 10, 1964 and second was 9.5 inches on March 17, 1973. The 2 day total was the 3rd highest since 1912. The highest 2 day total was 14.3 inches ending on March 11, 1964. The last time a 2 day total was higher was 10.8 inches ending February 1, 1982 and December 19, 1973.

2013, March 6 - the DNR - Indiana Department of Natural Resources posts 1990-2011 bobcat mortalities by year rising from 1 in 1990 to over 70 per year the past couple years on their Facebook page indicating the bobcat population in Indiana is increasing.

2013, May 2 - 150 Years of News - The Journal Gazette newspapercelebrates 150 years of historic front pages with a special pull-out section of the newspaper.

2013, May 7 - a national crime story about 3 girls kidnapped for 10 years in Cleveland, Ohio has a Fort Wayne connection. Ohio kidnap suspect has sad Fort Wayne connection staff report May 7, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. 'Nightmare is over': 3 missing Ohio women rescued by John Coyne and Thomas J. Sheeran of The Associated Press was published May 7, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

2013, May 24 - a WWI Memorial installed November 11, 1924 at GE (General Electric) on the west side of Broadway, was moved to McCulloch Park. World War I Memorial installed on the grounds of General Electric had been located behind a fence for the last 89 years [2013]. It has hundreds of names on it, all GE employees who served in World War I. Included are the names of six GE employees who died in the war. Copied from City honors World War I monument May 25, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2013, October 30 - Fort Wayne is the answer on the Jeopardy television show A log stockade made by a certain mad revolutionary war general in 1794 gave this city his name. See October 30, 2013 photo on Visit Fort Wayne Tweet on Twitter and Mitch Harper Tweet.


2014, January 27 - GE announces plans to close its last two Fort Wayne operations. GE plans local exit; 88 jobs in jeopardy by Sherry Slater published January 28, 2014 and GE’s history in Fort Wayne published February 9, 2014 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2014, January 28 - Fort Wayne ties the record low of -16° for this day set in 1963.

2014, January - 30.3 inches of snow making it the snowiest January on record, breaking the 29.5 inches in the 1982 which lead to a flood, and 1978 with 25.3 inches when we last had a blizzard. See Indiana NewsCenter image on Facebook.

2014, February 9 - 50th anniversary of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Local personalities recall their Memories of The Beatles and A Fab 4 tidal wave by Steve Warden and 50 years can’t erode significance of Beatles by Frank Gray published in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Beatlemania: 50 years since The Beatles landed in the United States Local residents recall the Fab Four reached people like no other band before or since by James Grant published February 6, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

2014, February 13 - Nick Goepper born in Fort Wayne, raised in Lawrenceburg, won a bronze medal in slopestyle skiing at the Sochii, Russia Olympics when the U.S.A swept all three medals, Joss Christensen won gold and Gus Kenworthy silver. City native gets bronze as US sweeps slopestyle by Eddie Pells of the Associated Press published February 14, 2014 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2014, October 6 - The US Supreme Court denied review of cases in five states that had limited marriage to opposite sex couples. This in effect granted equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. (SFC, 10/7/14, p.A1)


2015, February 9 - CityofFortWayne posts video: Riverfront FW Master Plan.

Riverfront FW Master Plan posted Feb 9, 2015 by CityofFortWayne
SWA Group recently presented a master plan or vision for Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront. See the main elements of the vision in this short video.

2015, October 14 - Today, Mayor Tom Henry joined members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and Fort Wayne City Utilities for a 150th Birthday Party. The guest of honor was the City's first brick sewer built 150 years ago in 1865, the end of the Civil War. CITY CELEBRATES THE SUCCESSES OF 150 YEARS OF BRICK SEWERS IN FORT WAYNE. City Utilities celebrates 150-year-old brick sewer Oct 20, 2015 has two photographs at KPCNews.com. See our Brick Streets section of our Street of Fort Wayne page.


2016 - Fort Wayne, is ranked 100th in the Top 100th bigges cities in the United States.

2016, March 3 -

March 3, 2016 post by Visit Fort Wayne on Facebook:

Welcome to Fort Wayne, Jay Leno!

Great choice picking Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island for lunch.















2016, March 25 - In 2015, the three-county Fort Wayne metro area ranks as the state’s second-largest metro area with 429,820 residents and the 125-th largest in the nation from Numbers set path on the road to a million published March 25, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2016, May 1

May 1, 2016 post by Donald J. Trump on Facebook:

I love you Fort Wayne, Indiana! What a great event -- THANK YOU for your incredible support! Everyone get out to the polls on Tuesday, May 3rd -- so we can move forward and defeat Crooked Hillary Clinton in November! — in Fort Wayne, Indiana.










2016, May 3 - Ted Cruz drops out of run for Republican nomination after losing Indiana primary for President handing the nomination to Donald Trump. Donald Trump All but Clinches G.O.P. Race With Indiana Win; Ted Cruz Quits by Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy May 3, 2016 in The New York Times.

2016, July 7 - Riverfront Fort Wayne posts video: Riverfront Fort Wayne - Always Moving.

2016, July 14 - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is Donald Trump's VP pick Gov. Mike Pence arrives in New Jersey in preparation for Trump's vice presidential announcement by Tony Cook, James Briggs, and Chelsea Schneider in the IndyStar newspaper.


2017, March 23 -

2017, March 23 post by Historic Fort Wayne on Facebook:

Television screen shot: Big Bang Theory held their version of March Madness, with a ‘Elite Eight’ bracket for best Fort. Looks like we lost out to Fort Knox. Fort Cozy McBlanket won. How is your bracket doing? See more on our Historic Fort Wayne.







2017, April 10 - Fort Wayne turns up on Wheel of Fortune for 18 seconds April 11, 2017 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. Discussion April 11, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group only visible to existing members on Facebook. See more on our Videos page.

2017, October 30 - Fort Wayne makes double Jeopardy! The October 30, 2017 video by Eric Dutkiewicz posted on Twitter. Host Alex Trebek offered the final clue in “The State's Second-Largest City” category. “Indiana: Named for a log stockade named for a Revolutionary War hero” was the clue and Fort Wayne was the answer. None of the contestants ventured a guess. Four years ago to the date, the clue was worded as “A log stockade made by a certain 'Mad' Revolutionary War General in 1794 gave this city its name.” Fort Wayne should have been in the clue in March 2017 when contestants were asked to name the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Instead, the clue referenced “lots of pie at this festival in Huntertown, Indiana, which could be called the John Chapman Festival.” Huntertown was the mailing address until this episode forced a change to Fort Wayne. Copied from Summit City? Contestants haven't a clue published November 4, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

October 31, 2017 post by City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook:

Jeopardy question: The state's second-largest city







Interesting that this is dated March 20, 2017, but other sources are October and November 2017?


2018, June 18 - Purdue Fort Wayne, formerly IPFW, unveils their new logo that does 3 things, keep Mastodons as the athletic teams’ nickname and sports mascot, keeps “Fort Wayne” in the school’s name, and preserves some blue. See Purdue Fort Wayne branding revealed with a noticeable nod to school tradition by Reggie Hayes published June 18, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

2018, August 30 - The official opening of Skyline Tower Thursday marked the completion of a five-year transformation for a block in the heart of the city. After plans were revealed to move the Ash Brokerage headquarters downtown in 2013, work began to completely clear the land between Main, Wayne, Webster and Harrison Street. The effort came to an end five years after the announcement with a ribbon cutting at Skyline Tower Thursday. Copied from Skyline Tower opening marks end of downtown block transformation posted August 30, 2018 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

2018, November - Sears at Glenbrook Square Mall has announced it’s closing. This week, the company told 46 unprofitable stores they’d be closing in November. Glenbrook’s location was on the list. Sears Holdings’ said in a statement the decision is part of “ongoing efforts to streamline Sears Holdings’ operations, strengthen our capital position and focus on our best stores.” Back in May, the company announced the closure of 72 stores nationwide. Copied from Sears at Glenbrook Mall to close in November posted Aug 22, 2018, updated: Aug 23, 2018 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15. See photos at Fort Wayne's Last Sears Store by Chris Crawford: Documentary Photography.

President Trump Rally in Indiana On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump campaigned for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun in Fort Wayne. They were joined on stage by Ivanka Trump, Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway. November 5, 2018 video on C-SPANN.org.

2018, November 5 - President Donald J. Trump arrived in Fort Wayne for a campaign rally. The first sitting president to be in Fort Wayne since President Ronald Reagan in 1982. A record attendance crowd of 18,000 on the grounds. 14,306 inside, 11,647 in the arena with overflow in the conference center and a few thousand outside was at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Lots of photos and video posted on Facebook.

  1. Crowd photos November 5, 2018 posted by the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
  2. Mark Knoller, CBS News White House Correspondant, Tweet November 5, 2018of president mouthing wow at the crowd size.
  3. Ray Steup photos November 5, 2018 of Air Force One landing on runway 5 at the Fort Wayne International Airport.
  4. Fort Wayne's NBC video November 5, 2018 of big screen outside of the crowd not inside the coliseum.
  5. Trump sets Coliseum attendance record with video by Brian Francisco published November 6, 2018 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2018, December 9 - Meet Fort Wayne Jeopardy Contestant Nicole Cocklin posted December 9, 2018 by WANE 15 News on YouTube.

  1. Indiana Agent Wins Jeopardy! by Harvey Chipkin December 13, 2018 on Travel Pulse
  2. Indiana travel agent a winner on Jeopardy by Jamie Biesiada, December 18, 2018, on Travel Weekly.

2018, Dec 21 - John Miller (59) was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of April Tinsley (8) of Fort Wayne. (SFC, 12/22/18, p.A5)


2019, March 9 - Women rule Allen Superior Court with a majority female bench by Alyssa Ivanson posted March 09, 2019 on WANE TV.

2019, April 23 - Not only did Fort Wayne Jeopardy fan Wayne Erxleben get to play on the game show, but he went up against the record breaking player who has currently won over a million dollars on the show. Meet Wayne on WANE 15 News tonight at 11 p.m. posted April 23, 2019 on Twitter. A Fort Wayne man competed on one of the world’s most popular game shows. Bellmont High School graduate Wayne Erxleben was on Jeopardy Wednesday night. He competed againt the record-breaking contestant, James Holzhauer who has won over a million dollars on the game show. Copied from Fort Wayne resident faces record-breaking competitor on Jeopardy posted: April 23, 2019 on CBS WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

Fort Wayne Jeopardy! Contestant WANE 15 News April 24, 2019 on YouTube.

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