Timelines for Allen County, Indiana

Timelines reveal interesting things we might otherwise overlook.

Where did your family live in any particular year? Check the city directories page that are also posted year by year from 1859 through 1920 on the timeline pages. 1921 through the present are not online, but are available in the Allen County Public Library The Genealogy Center.

Fort Wayne History by Time Periods from the archives of The New York Times newspaper.

Timeline Trivia

  1. Who was Fort Wayne's first dentist?
  2. When did Fort Wayne first start numbering streets?
  3. What is Gesetze des Staates Indiana : passirt in der Extra-Sitzung?
  4. When was the last of the old fort demolished?
  5. When did the first railroad start construction in the city?
  6. When was the first Indiana state fair?
  7. When did the first city free schools open?
  8. What was the first theater to open in the city?
  9. When was Fort Wayne first called the Summit City?
  10. When was the first Fort Wayne City Directory?
  11. When was the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception built?
  12. When did Abraham Lincoln stop in Fort Wayne?
  13. When did construction on the brick third courthouse start?
  14. When did Governor Oliver P. Morton call for volunteers to join the Union Army during the Civil War?
  15. Who was the Fort Wayne born youngest Civil War soldier to serve the longest amount of time in the Union army?
  16. When did Congress pass the Legal Tender Act making paper money "greenbacks" legal tender?
  17. What Indiana medical doctor patented the Gatling gun?
  18. When was the first Fort Wayne police force orgainized?
  19. When did The Journal Gazette newspaper start publication?
  20. When and where was the first Civil War battle in Indiana?
  21. Why was a woman almost tarred and feathered near Leo?
  22. When did the Fort Wayne Police Department begin?
  23. When did Congress pass The Coinage Act of 1864 changing the composition of coins and adding the phrase In God We Trust?
  24. When was the Kekionga baseball team orgainized?
  25. What were the first paved streets in Fort Wayne?
  26. When was the Indiana State Fair held in Fort Wayne?
  27. Which amendment formally abolished slavery in the United States?
  28. When did Congress authorize minting of the nickel coin?
  29. When did Indiana ratify the 14th Amendment, granting citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,”┬áincluding former slaves┬árecently freed?
  30. When did a 19th century flood inundate the city, covering the Nebraska neighborhood and going all the way north and east to Spy Run Creek?
  31. When did the city's first three hospitals, Hope, St. Joseph and Lutheran, organize?
  32. When did the U.S. first celebrate Memorial Day?
  33. When did the city's first African Methodist Episcopal Church organize?
  34. When was the Transcontinental Railroad with four ceremonial gold and silver spikes completed?
  35. When did Indiana ratify the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which prohibits the denial of voting rights based upon race or color of skin?
  36. When and which President signed the U.S. Weather Service into law?
  37. When and which amendment gave African American men the right to vote?
  38. When did the Old Settlers Association form and print meeting highlights and lists of names in the local newspaper?
  39. What year did the city's first women's organizations form and bring Susan B. Anthony twice to Fort Wayne a few years later?
  40. When was the first professional baseball game played in Fort Wayne?
  41. When did the first horse drawn carriages go into service?
  42. When was the Catholic Cemetery established?
  43. When did the U.S. pass the first immigration law?
  44. When did the newspaper ask the city to restore and maintain the Old Fort property?
  45. When did the first medical school open quickly followed by arrests of local grave robbers?
  46. When did Alexander Graham Bell receive a patent for the telephone and make the first phone call?
  47. When was Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer defeated and killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn and who were the two men from Fort Wayne with him?
  48. When did the first city hospital open?
  49. When did Fort Wayne get its first water works and phone service?
  50. When was the first electrically lighted city in Indiana?
  51. When did Fort Wayne Jenney Electric start?
  52. When did the federal government direct states to record birth, marriage, and deaths at the county level?
  53. When did Thomas Edison flip the switch on America's first power plant in New York?
  54. When and where was the first lighted baseball game in Fort Wayne and some claimed in the world?
  55. Who and when was the last man hanged to death in Fort Wayne?
  56. When did the nation change to Railroad Time eliminating 23 time zones in Indiana?
  57. When did they lay the cornerstone on the Statue of Liberty in New York? When did the statue arrive from France?
  58. Did you know Fort Wayne Jenney Electric arc lamps lite the Statue of Liberty when it was lighted in New York?
  59. When was the Statue of Liberty dedicated?
  60. When did Fort Wayne's Sylvanus Bowser introduces the first gas pump to the world?
  61. When did Chief Geronimo the last Indian warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces and signal the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest?
  62. When did George Eastman patent the Kodak roll-film camera thereby allowing widespread photography of everyday living?
  63. When did Fort Wayne switch from horse drawn to electric streetcars?
  64. When did the first automobile come to Fort Wayne?
  65. When was the first automobile seen driving around Fort Wayne? Are these the same events - more research needed!
  66. When did Fort Wayne play the first football game?
  67. When did the first Fort Wayne library room open, the first library?
  68. When did Robison Park open?
  69. When was the first professional baseball league?
  70. Did Indiana really try to pass a law about the math pi value?
  71. When did Indiana law require doctors and nurses to receive a license?
  72. When was the historic Allen County Court House cornerstone laid and then open for business?
  73. When did rural mail delivery start in Allen County?
  74. When did the first voting machines come to Indiana
  75. When did Fort Wayne renumber houses and change street names?
  76. 2016 Indiana Bicentennial weekly posts
  77. When did the state of Indiana encourage formation of local historical societies and preservation of county records?
  78. When did Indiana begin to regulate cocaine, opium and morphine without a prescription?
  79. When was a week long horse racing event held in Fort Wayne?
  80. When was the second time Fort Wayne renumbered houses?
  81. When did Ford sell their first Model A car?
  82. When did Indiana pass the first motor vehicle speed limits?
  83. When did Indiana first register motor vehicles?
  84. When did Indiana outlaw first cousin marriages?
  85. When did an American woman who marries a foreign national lose her citizenship?
  86. When did Ford's first Model T leave the production line?

See List of United States immigration laws at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Page updated: December 19, 2017