Forts of Fort Wayne

Jump to sections on this page: Maumee Towns, 1794 Fort Wayne, French Forts 1 & 2, Last French Fort, Fort Wayne Forts 3, 4, & 5, Historic Fort Wayne, Historic Fort Wayne Markers, Old Fort Park, Old Fort Place, Replica Historic Fort Wayne.

1913, February 8 - Full page newspaper article shows map of three rivers and Some Historic Places in the City of Fort Wayne Over Which Flags of Four Nations Have Floated and continued on page 11 column 1 Some Historic Places in The City of Fort Wayne. Clipped from The Fort Wayne Sentinel 08 Feb 1913, Saturday, page 9. Clipped by StanFollisFW on 18 Feb 2022.

Fort Wayne Sentinel newspaper

Kekionga, Miamitown, Three Rivers, The Portage and Fort Wayne are names given by the Indians, the French, the British, and finally the Americans. See our page Indians - Native Americans of Allen County, Indiana.

Five forts were built all located within a square mile of the center of the current city of Fort Wayne. The current fort is a replica of the 1815 "Whistler's Fort." The reason for the first fort was to protect the fur trade.

Drawings of the Map of Kekionga, General Anthony Wayne, Chief Little Turtle.and Old Fort Wayne are shown between pages 10 and 11 before the introduction of History of Allen County, Indiana Publication date 1880 on Archive.org.

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French Forts - 1 & 2

Forts 1&2 posted Mar 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube.

Where the First French Forts Stood on page 34 of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.
A map drawn by Father Jean Bonnecamps while on the site of Fort Wayne in 1749 (forty-five years before the coming of General Wayne) shows that the French fort of that period (Post Miami) stood on a site which may now be described as a point on the right bank of the St. Mary's river, a short distance north of the Nickel Plate railroad tracks (see map). The commandants in succession appear to have been Jean Baptiste Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes (1697), Francois Morgane, Sieur de Vincennes (1725), Ensign Douville (1734), Ensign Dubuisson (1747), M. de Raimond (1748). Ralmond, in 1750, abandoned the place and erected the last French fort on a site at the junction of the present St. Joe boulevard and Delaware avenue, on the St. Joseph river, a point also within the present city of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne’s first fort was built as a dream of the French, and especially the renowned 17th century explorer Robert Sieur de La Salle, to create a wilderness empire that arced through the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River valley from Quebec to New Orleans. Is the first sentence of the First Fort of the Fort by Tom Castaldi, local historian posted October 9, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog. Fort Miami (Indiana) at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Site of Fort Miamis 1948 marker
Site of Fort Miamis Indiana. Fort Wayne
by Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
Publication date 1963 on Archive.org

A Fort Miamis marker installed in 2000 by the Indiana Historical Bureau and Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Indiana at Guldin Park shown bottom right, near Van Buren Street Bridge, SW corner, and St. Mary's River boat ramp at Michaels Avenue. See also Google map Street View. This Marker replaces the First White Settlement Marker shown in the 1963 Monuments and Plaques Markers in City Parks book. The marker Site of Fort Miamis is no longer standing shown on left. It was installed in 1948 by the Indiana Historical Bureau and stated: First white settlement in Indiana; fortified by French by 1712. Located among the Miami Indians. Burned in 1747 and rebuilt on St. Joseph River from Indiana Historical Markers. There was also an 1983 DAR marker shown in a Google map photo.

Fort Miamis historical marker
Indiana Historical Bureau photo

On Side one:

French built a palisaded fort on this strategic site in 1722; named Fort Saint Philippe des Miamis. One of three French forts built in what is now Indiana to protect French fur trade from encroaching English. First of five forts built over time within a square mile of the center of present-day Fort Wayne.

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Nearby confluence of St. Mary's and St. Joseph's rivers forms Maumee River, a strategic central part of the waterways system connecting Great Lakes regions with Mississippi River Valley. Using a portage between Maumee and Wabash rivers, travelers could journey nearly 2,500 miles by water from French Canada to Louisiana.

A December 14, 2019 post by the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology on Facebook stated: Check out these eighteenth century artifacts (including three trade beads in the top row) recovered from archaeological investigations regarding the first French fort (Fort St. Philippe des Miamis) in Fort Wayne. You can read more about this interesting project, which received federal financial assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, in the 2009 Indiana Archaeology (Volume 4, Number 1) Journal article beginning on page 108 at Archaeology Publications at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The article on page 108 is titled: ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF FORT ST. PHILIPPE DES MIAMIS (1722) AND THE FIRST AMERICAN FORT (1794) IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA Christopher R. Andres, Dorothea McCullough, Michael Strezewski, and Robert G. McCullough Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Archaeological Survey (IPFW-AS) Fort Wayne, IN.

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Last French Fort

In Chapter V--1733-1749 The Last French Posts of the Site of Fort Wayne - page 43 WHERE THE LAST FRENCH FORT STOOD — SCENE OF THE HOLMES MURDER OF 1763. in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.
The landscape is a view looking up the St. Joseph river in Fort Wayne from a point near the junction of St. Joe boulevard and Delaware avenue. On the high ground at the right. M. de Raimond erected the last of the French forts in 1750. Raimond at that time abandoned the site on the St. Mary's river, near the present Nickel Plate railroad tracks. It was from the new fort that Raimond wrote in alarm to the French governor of Canada that "nobody wants to stay here and have his throat cut: if the English stay in this country we are lost — we must attack and drive them out." In 1760, the fort fell to the British. Ensign Robert Holmes, three years later, was murdered by the Indians and the men of the garrison were taken prisoners. The Murder of Holmes is discussed on page 60 .

Street View photo from Google map shows the location of the Tablet erected by Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution June 14, 1922 for the Site of the last French Fort erected in 1750 by Captain Raimond. A close-up view is at the end of the Friends of the River video above around 3:28 and a photo was posted May 30, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. It is Stop #54 The Second French Fort Audio: “Second French Fort” featuring Tom Castaldi Courtesy of 89.1 WBOI on the Kekionga Trail 11 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). Have you ever taken the pleasant drive north on St. Joseph Boulevard along its name-sake river? As you pass the intersection of St. Joseph Street, you are at the site of the second French fort of the mid 1700s once known as Fort St. Joseph. is the first sentence starting the Second Fort from French to British by Tom Castaldi, local historian posted November 13, 2014 on History Center Notes & Queries blog and discussed November 5, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. See Site of Last French Fort at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.

An October 16, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook shared an October 15, 2015 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook showed a newspaper ad Do You Know That Fort Wayne Was Once a French Fort! with a map showing 1750 Post Miami stating: For Throwback Thursday, we thought you all might enjoy the first in a series run around late April of 1937 as advertising for Wolf and Dessauer (Iconic Fort Wayne Department Store) in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. As noted the information was gathered from author B.J. Griswold's "History of Fort Wayne". This is Number One in a 10 part series, so keep an eye out next Thursday for Number 2. As a sidebar, these were undated, so we researched dates from pieces of articles which appear on the flip side. Number 2 of the 10 part series was April 1937 on The Tragic History of Ensign Robert Holmes. posted October 22, 2015 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook and again October 22, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. It also says Wolf & Dessauer had the first delivery truck in Fort Wayne. The Murder of Holmes is discussed on page 60 of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.

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Maumee Towns

1790 Map of Kekionga
Miamis, Shawnees, and Delawares camps shown in View of the Maumee Towns Destroyed by General Harmar October 1790 Map of Kekionga, before its destruction, drawn by Ebenezer Denny ,1761-1822, Osprey Publishing File:Map of Kekionga.jpg from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. See our page Indians - Native Americans of Allen County, Indiana.
1795 map of Old Miami Town and Fort Wayne
1795 Old Miami Town is north across the Maumee River from Fort Wayne is shown in File:Fort Wayne 1795.jpg on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia above. A larger zoomable 1795 map is at Indiana Fort Wayne : ms. map of Fort Wayne said to have been made on July 18, 1795, for General Anthony Wayne at The Library of Congress. Notes states: "Fort Wayne ... the first American post, built in 1794 and named for Anthony Wayne after his victory at Fallen Timbers, was located across the St. Marys from the old Miami village of Kekionga and the remains of old Fort Miami, at the present intersection of Clay and Berry streets"--Ency. of Historic Forts, p. 281-282. Read page 280: Encyclopedia of historic forts : the military, pioneer, and trading posts of the United States by Roberts, Robert B Publication date 1988 on Archive.org. See our page General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Fort Wayne Fort includes the 1795 map on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Fort Wayne Forts 3, 4, & 5

Fort Wayne Forts 3,4 & 5 posted Mar 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube.

1794 Fort Wayne

Page 138 Chapter XIV - 1794 The Building and Dedication of Fort Wayne on the next page 139 it shows a map WHERE THE TWO STOCKADED FORTS WERE LOCATED in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.

Page 157, A REPRODUCTION OF THE ONLY EXISTING ORIGINAL DRAWING OF OLD FORT WAYNE MADE BY MAJOR WHISTLER IN 1816. in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org. An October 22, 2018 post by the Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook shows the same image. Page 223 is Chapter XIX-1813-1815 Jenkinson and Whistler, Commandants-Rebuilding of Fort Wayne.

  1. Anthony Wayne’s fort by Tom Castaldi, local historian on ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
  2. Whistler and the Last Two American Forts at the Three Rivers by Tom Castaldi, local historian published June 26, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Whistler’s Mother… Actually, Grandfather by Tom Castaldi, local historian published May 19, 2016 on Indiana Historical Bureau blog.
  3. The last fort built here was constructed in 1816 by Maj. John Whistler about where Cinema Center stands now on East Berry Street. Today’s replica, built in 1976, is a copy of Whistler’s design. From Nonprofit makes history at old fort Builds on revival begun 9 years ago March 3, 2013 by Dan Stockman of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  4.   An October 22, 2018 post by Indiana Historical Bureau on Facebook included this image that shows "A Reproduction of the Only Existing Original Drawing of Old Fort Wayne Made by Major Whistler in 1816" on page 156 in Griswold's book shown above. Their post states: October 22, 1794 Fort Wayne was dedicated. Following General Anthony Wayne's victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Legion of the United States under Wayne's command moved into present-day Indiana. Wayne selected a site for a fort at the Miami town of Kekionga. The site was strategically and militarily located at the confluence of the St. Joseph, St. Marys, and Maumee rivers. Wayne sought to exert American influence and control in the region over the claims of indigenous peoples and the British. Major John F. Hamtramck was placed in command of 100 soldiers stationed at the fort.
  5. A postcard labeled Contruction on Fort Wayne Officially Begins October 22, 1794 is shown in an October 22, 2015 post by Indiana Bicentennial Commission on Facebook.on Facebook.
  6. John Johnston - Letter from Fort Wayne, September 30, 1804 posted September 30, 2015 on Johnston Farm & Indian Agency on Facebook.
  7. The Old Fort - 1816: Frontier Fort to Statehood at The Genealogy Center .
  8. 1852 photo Fort Wayne
    The History Center photo
  9. An 1852 daguerreotype photograph of a blockhouse from the old 1816-era fort is shown and discussed in A Daguerreotype of the Fort by John Beatty posted October 28, 2010 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog. Is also shown as a drawing in the pictorial history book below.
  10. Page 235 of Griswold's 1917 Pictorial describes the status of the fort in the 1830s.
  11. The 1852 daguerreotype photograph of a blockhouse from the old 1816-era fort discussed above is shown on page 142 of The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs Publication date 1917 on Archive.org. The discussion referenced the Old Apple Orchard discussed in our Apple Tree article.

  12. See Fort Wayne Facts on City of Fort Wayne.
  13. Gen. Anthony Wayne helped the nation grow west by Richard Battin published January 24, 1994 in archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper includes a reading list of books.

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Historic Fort Wayne Markers

Street View photo from Google map shows the large rock with the marker on Clay Street at East Berry Street which is one block south from the last two forts (Stop #11) marker on Main Street just west of Clay Street. The History Center building is two blocks west on East Berry Street. Anthony Wayne’s Fort (Stop #10) by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) includes the Building and Dedication of Fort Wayne map image shown above. It states: Older Historical Marker reads: “The site of General Anthony Wayne’s fort dedicated Oct. 22, 1794. It was the first United States fort near “Three Rivers.” This fort commanded the shortest portage between the St. Lawrence and the Mississippi systems. A portage known to the Indians as “Glorious Gate,” and a strategic crossroads in early trade and exploration.” The Site of General Wayne's Fort Dedicated October 22nd 1794 is at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org.

Street View photo from Google map shows the plaque for the Old Fort Park location in front of the Old Fort Well by a large tree just east of Fire Station #1 on Main Street east from Clay Street looking north on Main Street at the overhead Nickel Plate railroad tracks. Last Two American Forts (Stop #11) with audio: “Last Two American Forts” featuring Tom Castaldi. Courtesy of WBNI-Fort Wayne on the ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) Central Downtown Trail. The last paragraph states: The fort was built on the same location as the Hunt fort. In 1819, all troops were transferred to other posts, leaving Fort Wayne abandoned. Major Stuckney, the Native American agent, was in care of the fort; he leased some of the rooms to families or individuals who needed them. At one point Reverend Isaac McCoy, a Baptist missionary, held a school in some of the rooms of the fort. As the years went on, logs from the fort were removed by people for building purposes and in the 1830s the fort grounds were disturbed by the digging of the Wabash and Erie Canal bed which passed through the garrison. The fort remained at its location until it rotted down and in 1852 the last building was torn down; souvenir canes were made from some of its timbers. An 1852 daguerreotype photograph of a blockhouse from the old 1816-era fort is shown above. The Last Two American Forts / The Siege of 1812 is at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org. This location on Main Street just west of Clay Street is the same location as the Old Fort Wayne Well at Old Fort Park.

Old Fort Wayne Well

Old Fort Wayne Well with photos is at The Historical Marker Datatbase HMdb.org situated on the site of the second and third military fortifications that were named Fort Wayne, a block north of the historical marker for the first Fort Wayne (Stop #10). The Old Fort Well was dedicated September 12, 1960 on what was the location of Old Fort Park.

Old Fort Park

Page 139, shows the Cemetery near the current Lafayette and East Berry Streets and Old Fort Park, shown in Google Street View above, on the map Where the Two Stockaded Forts were Located, one of 12 Fort Park mentions in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.
WHERE THE TWO STOCKADED FORTS WERE LOCATED.
From the most reliable sources of information it appears certain that the original stockade erected by General Wayne's troops in September and October, 1794, occupied a site which included a portion of lots 11, 12 and 13, Taber's addition to Fort Wayne, and that the new fort, erected in 1800 by Colonel Thomas Hunt and rebuilt by Majors Whistler and Vose. included lot 40 — the present Old Fort Park. (See Chapter XIX).

Page 465, Old Fort Park, one of 12 Fort Park mentions in The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs, Publication date 1917 on Archive.org.
OLD FORT PARK. The development of the present splendid park system of the city of Fort Wayne represents a continued and ofttimes discouraging effort extending over a half a century. The first piece of ground to be acquired for park purposes was the fractional lot No. 40, Taber's addition to Fort Wayne, purchased from Harry Seymour for $800. The little triangular spot — one-fifth of an acre — is the most treasured bit of ground in Fort Wayne, as it was a part of the site enclosed within the historic old Fort Wayne. Henry M. Williams later placed about the tract an iron fence and erected in the park a flagpole.

 

1913 postcar Old Fort Park
1913 postcard Scene in Old Fort Park

The first city park, Old Fort Park, was established in 1863 when the city purchased a fractional lot No. 40, Taber's addition from Harry Seymour for $800, and Henry Williams placed an iron fence around the lot and erected a flag pole. Photos and discussion about early parks in a May 17, 2022 post by The History Center on Facebook. The Wabash & Erie Canal built in the 1830s, was replaced in the 1850s with railroad tracks that ran along the north side of the park. The downtown Main Street Firestation # 1 is just west of this location. Last remant is the wishing well at Fire Station # 1 on Main Street. Read Fort Wayne’s First Park by Tom Castaldi published May 8, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog. See photo and discussion of old cannon at the park posted November 28, 2017 on Fort Wayne Food Tours on Facebook whose dedication was in 1900 mentioned on page 542 of Griswold's 1917 Pictorial. In the 1875 September 8 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel is a short article hoping the city council will put the old fort property in good order by cleaning out the old well General Wayne ordered dug, as well as restoring a model of the fort, then landscaping and maintaing the property. No longer online, need to make a copy! Google map Street View shows current location on East Main Street at Clay Street. There are several photos at the Allen County Community Album such as the Old Fort Park, 1941, Spanish Cannon original site - Clay and Main (Old Fort Park), Spanish Cannon in Old Fort Park, Railroads, Fort Wayne IN: looking west from Old Fort Park, showing Union Pacific car, piles of culverts inside, Railroads, Fort WayneIN: looking west from Clay Street next ot Old Fort Park, showing tracks, cars, switch , and plaque of the old fort along the river on Old Fort Wayne on pedestal in Harman Park that held statue of Anthony Wayne - 1973 . Several recent photos of the wishing well were posted August 6, 2017 and the 1941 photo of the park was discussed March 31, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

Old Fort Place

Was the block between Lafayette and Clay Street that began disappearing with the Nickel Plate Elevation in early 1950s. Photo and discussion November 19, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

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Historic Fort Wayne

The Old Fort posted March 22, 2021 by Friends of the Rivers on YouTube

The French and British at Three Rivers by Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1952, an Archive.org.

The fort at the three rivers by Snow, Dorothea J., 1909-, Publication date 1968, an Archive.org.
FOREWORD In May, 1964, Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority made a challenge grant to the Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society to research the historical data necessary to build an accurate reconstruction of the Old Fort. The grant was to be used, in part, to employ research scholars, to prepare and publish their findings and to bring to Fort Wayne for the first time a documented account of her earliest history. The resulting body of documents and source materials is now housed in the Historical Museum. It is on this Psi Ote Collection that Dorothea Snow has based her book, an accurate account of early Fort Wayne, written as a gift to the children of our city. Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi believes that bringing to life the story of the beginning of this community is as important a contribution as we could make to our fellow citizens. We are honored, therefore, to present Miss Snow's book to this and all future generations. We are proud to have had a part in preserving and bringing to our children their heritage.

Diary of Captain John Cooke, 1794 Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, 1953, an Archive.org. The Foreword states: Primary source materials relating to General Wayne's sojourn at Fort Wayne are scarce. Extracts from the diary of one of his captains were published in the Fort Wayne Gazette eighty years ago.

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Replica Historic Fort Wayne

Street View photo of 1201 Spy Run Avenue from Google map

The modern Historic Old Fort has a page with events, photos and information on the City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation website, their own website: http://www.oldfortwayne.organd Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HistoricFortWayne/. Their Facebook page states: The Old Fort is on public park grounds, so you can always wander around, into the parade grounds, etc. The buildings themselves are only open during events when we have volunteers on site. There is a brochure available outside some of the buildings and it has a map with information about the history of the fort and how each of the buildings would have been used. Historic Fort Wayne is a Non-Profit Organization that manages the Old Fort in Fort Wayne, IN. We are a 100% volunteer organization. All of our events are free to the public. All programing is funded by private and corporate donations.

Short aerial drone video of The Old Fort/Original Fort Wayne Originally Established by General Anthony Wayne in 1794, Thomas Hunt became commander of The Fort and built a new fort in 1800, Decommissioned in 1819 and the last building stood till 1852. The Fort we know today was designed from an 1816 painting and built in New York, then transported here in the 1970s, it would then open in 1976. by Sky-Hye Aerial Photography posted November 9, 2022 on Facebook.

2016/06/12: Posting the colors by AroundFortWayne posted June 19, 2016 on YouTube
Posting the colors at Historic Fort Wayne as part of Sunday morning's Morning Troop. This was the second day, June 12, 2016, of the Frontier Fort To Statehood : 1816 - 2016 weekend.

Historic Fort Wayne - Where History Comes to Life published May 22, 2013 by HistoricFortWayne on YouTube
Historic Fort Wayne....we make history come to life. You can spend 12 years reading about history in school, but unless you see it in person you will never really understand the hardships, the lifes, the triumphs, and just what it was really like back in the days of old. And so that is our mission here at Historic Fort Wayne...to bring history to life! That is why nearly every event is free (except for a free will donation) because we want people to learn all they can!

Reconstructed fort on Spy Run Avenue near downtown Fort Wayne across the St. Marys River from Headwaters Park. The History page on their web site: oldfortwayne.org briefly describes the various forts built near the three rivers. The bottom section titled The Reconstructed Fort states: This project began in 1964 when Historic Fort Wayne Inc. was established and started planning a reconstruction of the Fort, using Major Whistler’s 1814 drawings. After much fundraising, they purchased property in the late 1960’s and sought a fort builder. Lok-N-Logs Inc., a log home company in Sherburne, New York, took on the unusual project, constructing the Fort first in New York, then transporting it to Indiana, where it was reassembled. It officially opened shortly before July 4, 1976, to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial, and remained open daily until the early 1990’s. Historic Fort Wayne Inc. disbanded in 1989, and the current Historic Fort Wayne, Inc. was formed in 2004 as a volunteer effort to preserve the Fort. Though they share a name, the two groups are not connected. Construction of the fort re-creation began in the summer of 1975. Work on the replica was not finished for its dedication June 5, 1976, but several hundred people turned out for the festivities. See the articles Historic Fort Wayne and Old Fort Wayne – Learn History In Person! by Louisa D. published June 8, 2015 on Visit Fort Wayne. See photos on Throwback Thursday: Old Fort published August 31, 2017 on The Journal Gazette newspaper. See their Facebook page - INFortWayne.com YouTube Bicentennial Celebration at Historic Fort Wayne. See photos and discussion January 17, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook. 360 virtual photo tour on vpix.net. Photos of Old Fort Wishing Well posted August 6, 2017 and 1896 Fort Wayne watch fob photo discussed August 7, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.

200th Anniversary Siege of Fort Wayne uploaded May 17, 2012 by HistoricFortWayne on YouTube

A.C.E.'s guide to historic Fort Wayne prepared by Russ Voorhees, Beth Sheets ; consultant, Brian Dunnigan. on Archive.org

The Old Fort: Fort Wayne published August 15, 2019 by Investigate Indiana on YouTube

Drone video of Historic Old Fort/ Fort Wayne, IN by Carl Simons Jr. published June 2, 2015 on YouTube.

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  1. Merchant-Huxford House (520 Tennessee Ave.) is threatened with vacancy and decay. The house was the home of one of Fort Wayne's early mayors and legendarily contains timbers from the last fort in Fort Wayne. from Endangered structures, Archie winners named published November 15, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper but no longer online.
  2. At the headwaters of the Maumee : a history of the forts of Fort Wayne, by Paul Woehrmann ; with an introd. by Richard C. Knopf, Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society, 1971
  3. 1981 photos posted March 19, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  4. Indiana at 200 (5): Land of Three Rivers brief history of forts of Fort Wayne by Andrea Neal published August 12, 2013 on Indiana Policy.org.
  5. 2013, February 21 the old fort photos by Ashley Letourneau Photography blog
  6. The early history of Fort Wayne SUMMIT CITY HISTORY NOTES by Richard Battin published October 19, 1993 in The News-Sentinel newspaper. See A view of Fort Wayne in 1816 sketch posted June 2, 2016 on Historic Fort Wayne on Fort Wayne.
  7. The fort at the three rivers (1968) - Snow, Dorothea J., 1909-, "A project of Pi Chapter, Psi Iota Xi Sorority and the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society in cooperation with the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County."
  8. Fort Wayne, the frontier post - Roberts, Bessie K, reprint of her Historical Fort Wayne, 1682-1933 (1933)
  9. Outpost in the Wilderness: Fort Wayne, 1706-1828 by Charles Poinsatte, Allen County, Fort Wayne Historical Society, 1976 read online at the Gutenberg Project.
  10. There is a book Five Forts by John Ankenbruck, 1972, The News Publishing Co., Fort Wayne, Indiana 48601.
  11. Historic Fort Wayne has a YouTube channel
  12. Fort Wayne History at Visit Fort Wayne.
  13. Fort Wayne on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
  14. Forts of Fort Wayne on Wikipedia
  15. Fort Wayne on FortWiki.com
  16. City of Fort Wayne wins All America City in 2009 for 3rd time, is in Hall of Fame for 1982 and 1998 sponsored by the National Civic League
  17. City of Fort Wayne celebrates April 12, 2008 as the million dollar winner in ABC's
  18. Learn about the Past at Fort Wayne’s Old Fort by Kayleen Reusser published April 11, 2015 on The Indiana Insider Blog.
  19. Model in 1976 punch out and assemble. Photos posted April 20, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook.
  20. Kekionga on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
  21. Test Your Knowledge of the Fort Wayne Old Fort! posted by Louisa D. on July 29, 2016 the Visit Fort Wayneblog.
  22. The Old Council Housewas a large two-story log building built in 1804 for hosting the Native leaders by Tom Castaldi published January 30, 2014 and again June 12, 2014 in the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  23. Video posted April 9, 2017 by Tom Mauger on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Archived group on Facebook
  24. Colonial America on the Frontier 1775 - 1783: Reenacting in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Historical Ken published August 7, 2017 on PassionForThePast blog.
  25. July 30, 2022 discussion about the forts and General Anthony Wayne on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group

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