2020-2029 Timeline for Allen County, Indiana

2020 - 2021 - 2022


2020, January 21 - first case of coronavirus reported in Washington State from Timeline of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in November 2019 – January 2020 on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. The first known case emerged November 17, 2019 in China from the Timeline of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

2020, March 6 - Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in a Marion County resident with recent travel to Boston from Indiana's Novel Coronavirus Response.

2020, March 16 - ISDH reported the first death of a 60 year-old person in Marion County, Indiana due to COVID-19.

2020, March 19 - Allen County Confirms Two COVID-19 Cases March 19, 2020 announcement on the Allen County, Indiana goverment web page.

2020, March 21 - Primaries scheduled for Georgia, Maryland, Indiana, Connecticut and Kentucky were all reported postponed to May or June due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP, 3/21/20)

2020, March 22 - Allen County Announces First COVID-19 Death March 23, 2020 announcement on the Allen County Department of Health website. See our Diseases of Allen County, Indiana page for more COVID-19 information.

2020, March 23 - Governor Orders Hoosiers to Stay Home in Fight Against COVID-19 Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

2020, April 16 - Governors in seven US Midwest states said they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in their regions. The governors for Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky have formed a partnership to work together on restarting the economies in their states, they said in a statement. (Reuters, 4/17/20)

2020, April 23 - long time The News-Sentinel newspaper stopped publication. See our Newspaper page and News-Sentinel section.

2020, May 29 - hundreds of protesters sparked by the murder of Black Minneapolis resident George Floyd by White police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 occupied the intersection of Clinton Street and Main Street. See May 29, 2022 post on Facebook with photos by The History Center.

2020, October 30 - On October 30, 2020 a special ceremony was held at the Fort Wayne, Indiana's Visitors Center to commemorate the installation of a 1928 concrete Lincoln Highway marker, and a new Lincoln Highway Control Station there. Check out this video of the event: https://acpl.viebit.com/player.php?hash=Gp7lFYH30X19#. Copied from a December 16, 2020 post by Russell Stephen Rein on Lincoln Highway on Facebook. The Lincoln Highway opened September 10, 1913 and was celebrated October 31, 1913 in Fort Wayne newspapers and dedicated June 22, 1915 in Fort Wayne.

City View Date Created: December 14, 2020 Creator: Patrick Stelte December 2020. Topic this month: Lincoln Highway historical marker and dedication includes news conference and interview with Creager Smith, Historic Preservation Planner.

2020, November 1 - As part of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association's Control Station Project a donated 1928 concrete Lincoln Highway marker was installed Wednesday at the Visit Fort Wayne headquarters at 927 S. Harrison St. When the original markers and signs were put up in 1928 the Lincoln Highway route in Indiana was changed to mostly use what became US 30. The original route which was State Route 2 became US 33. The two routes diverged on the eastern part of Indiana very close to where this marker was installed. Thanks go to Creager Smith, Bruce Butgereit and Jeff Blair for their work on this project. Copied from a November 1, 2020 post by Russell Stephen Rein on Lincoln Highway on Facebook.


2021, October 08 - A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2021 at The White House.gov when U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize Indigenous Peoples Day.


EV charging station downtown Fort Wayne
City of Fort Wayne Government photo

2022, April 12 - COVID helped make 2021 the deadliest year in U.S. history published April 12, 2022 on pbs.org and 2021 was America’s deadliest year ever: CDC by Reid Wilson published in The Hill via Nexstar Media Wire.

2022, April 13 - City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook announced Six electric vehicle charging stations located at Wayne and Berry streets are now operational. Read more: VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS ON WAYNE AND BERRY NOW OPERATIONAL. Similar to a newspaper headline 100 years ago on August 21, 1921 in The Journal Gazette newspaper article Four Gas Filling Stations are Being Erected Here This Summer City Now has Total of Thirteen in Operation With Distribution of About 1,000 Gallons Daily - Public Attitude Has Changed--Considered Asset to Residential Section.

2022, April 13 - Meet a Parkview RN who painted a mural, commemorating his coworkers’ experience during the pandemic by Kara Hackett posted April 13, 2022 on Input Fort Wayne. Walking through Parkview Regional Medical Center to the Parkview Heart Institute, you’ll see a mural of masked doctors and nurses, caregivers praying together in scrubs, vaccinations being distributed, and then coworkers, families, and friends gathering once again. The artist, Jason O’Connell, 51, is an RN at Parkview Heart Institute. From left to right, the mural depicts the likeness of his real-life coworkers and commemorates their heroic work throughout the pandemic, caring for Fort Wayne patients on the frontlines and distributing vaccines. Ultimately, it offers a message of “hope” to the community for better days ahead.“It’s important for me to keep in mind that there’s joy in the world despite the struggles we have,” O’Connell says in a video on Parkview’s website.

2022, May 4 - renovation work started on Foster Park Pavilion 3 with several photos from Historic Foster Park Neighborhood Association on Facebook.

2022, May 6 - Tincaps Call For Help With Fort Wayne Daisies Night posted May 6, 2022 by The Waynedale News Staff on The Waynedale News.com.

CountyLine: County Horse Trails Project posted May 9, 2022 by allencountyinfoon YouTube
The Allen County Commissioners, Three Rivers Horse Trails and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announce the awarding of a grant to construct a trailhead and equestrian trails in southeast Allen County.

2022, May 9 - The Allen County Commissioners, Three Rivers Horse Trails and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources today announced the awarding of a grant to construct a trailhead and equestrian trails in southeast Allen County. The $250,000 grant awarded by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, along with $62,500 in matching funds from Allen County, will permit the construction of a three-acre trailhead in the 5400 block of Paulding Road with parking for trucks and horse trailers along with convenience facilities. The site will also feature handicapped accessible mounting and trails appropriate for therapeutic riding. Approximately five miles of horse trails will be created around farm fields and through wooded areas at the site encompassing approximately 200 acres total along with equestrian obstacles for the enjoyment of riders and the challenge of their horses. Three Rivers Horse Trails will host events and activities as well as maintain the trailhead and trails upon completion. Construction is expected to begin next spring with completion scheduled in the summer or fall of 2023. Copied from Grant Awarded for County Horse Trail Project May 5, 2022 post on Allen County Government. Three Rivers Horse Trails Inc. on Facebook.

2022, May 9 - TinCaps Jersey Auction to Help Fund Daisies Monument Fort Wayne TinCaps and City of Fort Wayne partner on Fort Wayne Daisies Player Monument. Newsrelease started with: FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne TinCaps, in partnership with the City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, are raising funds to renovate and improve the Fort Wayne Daisies monument at the historic site of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) team’s home field, located at Fort Wayne’s Memorial Park. “Fort Wayne has a rich baseball history and the Daisies are front and center as trailblazers for the sport in this city,” said Michael Limmer, TinCaps Vice President of Marketing. “While Memorial Park has long had a marker to designate it as the former home field of the Fort Wayne Daisies, we felt each individual Daisies player deserved to be recognized as well. This new monument will highlight each of the 144 former players and managers associated with the Daisies during the team’s existence from 1945 through 1954.” The enhanced monument was designed and created as a partnership with the City of Fort Wayne’s Parks and Recreation Department. Memorial Park is located approximately two miles east of Parkview Field, where the TinCaps play.

2022, May 11 - the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Facebook with player photos posted: On our Fort Wayne Daisies Throwback Night on May 21st, we will be hosting 5 women that played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League! Be sure to come out to meet these women & hear their stories! Katie Horstman, Isabel Alvarez, Dolly Vanderlip Ozburn, Mary Moore, and Jeneane Descombs Lesko.

2022, May 12 - the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Facebookposted: We are currently selling these Fort Wayne Daisies Throwback shirts in The Orchard Team Store! $2 from each shirt sold will go towards our Daisies Monument Fundraiser! More details: TinCaps Jersey Auction to Help Fund Daisies Monument Fort Wayne TinCaps and City of Fort Wayne partner on Fort Wayne Daisies Player Monument.

2022, May 14 - the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Facebook posted: Our Fort Wayne Daisies throwback jerseys have arrived! Want to take one home? You can bid now at TinCapsJersey.com! Auction closes Sunday, May 22nd at 9:00pm.

2022, May 23 - New York city removes their last pay phone. The first public coin-operated phone was installed in a Hartford, Connecticut, bank in 1889 and pay phones are still available in Fort Wayne such as at the Citilink transfer station downtown shown in a photo in the article: Hanging up on a cultural relic by the Editorial Board published May 28, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

NYC's last public pay phone removed from streets posted May 23, 2022 by Eyewitness News ABC7NYon YouTube
On Monday, the last public pay phone, still featuring the classic Bell System logo, was unplugged from the

The city of Fort Wayne population in 2021 was estimated at 264,169 when Fort Wayne grew by 0.8%, making it the 203rd fastest growing city out of the 797 nationwide with populations of 50,000 or more. Copied from City sees 0.8% population growth Expert cautions against seeing trend in small number by Maya Wilkins published May 28, 2022 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.

2022, June 13 - a derecho thunderstorm with 98 mph winds hit the Fort Wayne North East Indiana area around 10 pm downing powerlines and around 83,000 customers lost power with Indiana Michigan Power (41,000), NIPSCO (32,000), and Northeastern REMC (10,000) who were sharing information on Facebook.

4 bolt lighning strikes

On June 14, 2022 Cinematographer and Freelance Videographer Bryce Fritzel of Fritzel Media posted a photo showing 4 bolts of lightning from the June 13, 2022 derecho on Facebook. He also posted a video June 15, 2022, both were shared by local meterologist Meteorologist Liz Braden with a comment showing the photo above on Facebook. The video is shown below.

2022, June 13 - Derecho June 13th, 2022 at National Weather Service NOAA weather.gov Northern Indiana Overview states: Three rounds of severe storms that began the afternoon of June 13th and continued into the overnight hours led to a significant swath of straight line wind damage. At the Fort Wayne Airport, a wind gust of 98 mph from the severe storm was recorded. This led to significant damage in the Fort Wayne area. This was the strongest wind gust ever recorded at the Fort Wayne International Airport (previous record was 91 mph June 30th, 2012). Other wind measurements ranged from 50 to 75 mph, thanks to an extremely favorable environment for severe storms. The Storm Prediction Center has declared this event meets the criteria for a derecho. Hail up to golf ball sized and nuisance flooding were also reported. As of 2 am 6/14/22, no tornadoes were reported/confirmed. Posted June 15, 2022 by US National Weather Service Northern Indiana on Facebook. See highest recorded wind speeds at PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA 1056 AM EDT TUE JUN 14 2022 ...HIGHEST WIND REPORTS... on weather.gov.

2022, June 14 - Indiana Michigan Power posted June 14, 2022 on Facebook: Crews are working across northeast Indiana and southwest Michigan this morning to restore power to nearly 40,000 customers who lost service as a result of the powerful storm that carried winds up to 98 mph overnight. This morning, we are marshalling additional resources to help with restoration. More than 100 restoration workers are already in transit to our area, and several hundred more are expected. See the location and status of outages using our outage map at IndianaMichiganPower.com/OutageMap. FWCS, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Facebook reported 5 southwest area schools were closed due to power outages. Facebook post stated Pontiac and Waynedale branches of Allen County Public Library. List of roads closed in City: Numerous traffic signals out across Fort Wayne Traffic signals out in Fort Wayne Traffic signals out in Fort Wayne(City of Fort Wayne) by Jazlynn Bebout published June 14, 2022 on ABC WPTA21.com TV station.

2022, June 14 - Facebook video shown above by Northeastern REMC states: We've mentioned how transmission lines are down that feed into our NREMC substations. Here is an example of what we mean. This is a look at the AEP transmission lines along SR 14 (intersection of Scott Road and 14) in Allen County. These poles are the reason 3,000+ of our members in SW Allen County are without power.


2022, June 15 - Indiana Michigan Power on Facebook posted June 15, 2022 Today more than 1,200 line workers, forestry experts, assessors, contractors, support crews and mutual assistance personnel will work to restore power to our customers impacted by Monday night’s severe winds. In addition, drones and specialized equipment will be utilized to help restoration efforts. Power outages are currently impacting approximately 22,500 customers – the majority in the hard-hit southwest Fort Wayne and Waynedale areas. Hindering restoration efforts in this area are several large trees blocking roads and significant damage to power poles and power lines. In the Fort Wayne area alone, damage assessors have discovered nearly 100 broken or damaged poles and nearly 190 spans of downed wires so far.

2022, June 15 - shown above: VIDEO⚡️— Check out this really neat lightning video from Monday night’s storms from local videographer Bryce Fritzel. shared June 15, 2022 by Meteorologist Liz Braden  on Facebook. On June 14, 2022 Cinematographer and Freelance Videographer Bryce Fritzel posted a photo showing 4 bolts of lightning from this storm on Facebook also posted above.

2022, June 23 - on the 50th anniversary of Title IX - the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook posted: Though some may have questioned the need for Title IX or worried about the impact it would have on sports programs for boys and men, records of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) in the decades preceding its passage highlight the disparities girls and women faced in athletics and, thus, the importance of the legislation. According to excerpts of IHSAA board meeting minutes, by 1927, "the board went on record as being opposed to inter-state tourneys and sectional, regional, and state basketball tourneys for girls." Girls could play in intramural games within the school, but higher competition was generally frowned upon if not outright denied. IHSAA records from 1955 reiterate some of these sentiments, noting "They [IHSAA] do not recommend a highly organized interschool athletic program for girls, but do encourage a Girls' Playday Program." Further, rules governing these "Playdays" included one noting that girls could only play basketball between November 1st and the date in which the boys' school team was eliminated from tournament play. Read more about the IHSAA's rules governing girls and women in sport in Indiana prior to Title IX with these documents from the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts collections.

2022, June 26 - Indiana Michigan Power in reference to the June 13, 2022 derecho posted on Facebook: Last week more than 1,200 individuals worked around the clock, using the Memorial Coliseum and Clyde Theatre as staging sites. Our team repaired or replaced more than 350 poles, 65 transformers and 700 spans of downed wires. Join us in thanking them for their tireless work, and commitment to our community! Thank YOU for your patience as we restored power to more than 41,000 customers after last week’s powerful storm. We are so grateful for the support we received from community members and businesses.

2022, July 15 - dedication of the Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket sculpture at 2826 S. Calhoun Street by local Artist Sayaka Ganz.

2022, September 14 - Fort Wayne is in the clue on the television show Jeopardy asking about the first installed fuel pump in the U.S. in Fort Wayne in 1885. Shown in a September 14, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.

Centers of Population
Mean Center of Population
for the United States: 1790 to 2020

 2022, September 21 - The 2020 CenterOfPopulation is 11.8 miles from the 2010 center and 885.9 miles from the 1790 center. Ahead of tomorrow's celebration in Hartville, Missouri, explore national centers of population since 1790, including relative population shifts by decade, and more. Centers of Population. From a September 21, 2022 post by the United States Census Bureau on Facebook.

2022, September 26 - PBS Fort Wayne premiered the two-hour documentary The Forgotten: A History of the State Developmental Institutions in Fort Wayne showing the long history of the Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth since it opened in Fort Wayne in 1890.

2022, October 07 - A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2022 at The White House.gov. U.S. President Joe Biden second Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation.

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