Streets of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Indiana Road History

Indiana’s first stagecoach route was established along Buffalo Trace (Vincennes Trace) between New Albany and Vincennes in 1820. In the 1830s, the Michigan Road (U.S. 421), Indiana’s north-south connecting route between Madison (Ohio River) and Michigan City (Lake Michigan), and the east-west National Road (U.S. 40), America’s first federally funded road, were constructed. In 1913 the Lincoln Highway (U.S. 30) was dedicated, becoming America’s first transcontinental highway. Indiana’s first interstate, State Road 420 (I-80/I-94) opened in 1952. A few years later the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 created a national interstate highway system, leading to the construction of interstates such as I-74, I-465, I-65, and I-70. By this year, 97% of Hoosier households owned at least one automobile. Copied from a July 27, 2022 post by Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Facebook.

Page 29 above is about an 1810 law in The laws of Indiana territory, 1809-1816 by IndianaEwbank, Louis Blasdel, 1864-Riker, Dorothy Lois, 1904-, Publication date [c1934] on Archive.org and The Laws of Indiana Territory, 1809-1816 at Indiana Memory digital library at IN.gov.

Item 10 bottom of page 77 mentions males 18-50 in Indiana acts, 1816-17, 1st session by Indiana. General Assembly Publication date 1817 on Archive.org

Since early 19th century Indiana state law required males aged 18 to 50 to open and maintain public roads, it follows they would claim the road as theirs by naming it after their family labor which is why many local roads are named after the pioneer families that first settled on land bought from the United States government.

A law of 1816-17 required males age 18-50 to donate up to 6 days labor annually to open and maintain public roads. The federal government built the National Road in Indiana from 1829 to 1834. It is now U.S. 40. The Internal Improvements Act of 1836 was the state's over-ambitious attempt to address transportation needs of Hoosiers, especially for commerce and trade. Eight major projects were specified. The law resulted in financial disaster, and construction was stopped in 1839. Many projects were later completed with public and private funding. Indiana, Crossroads of America, has thirteen interstate highways--more than any other state--with a total of 1,138 miles. Copied from the Transportation page at  Introducing Indiana-Past and Presentwebpage, and Introducing Indiana-Past and Present pdf both at IN.gov. Was discussed July 28, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook

100 Years of INDOT Movie posted July 5, 2019 on YouTube from INDOT History page at INDOT.gov.

Indiana Historical Society photo
Indiana Historical Society photo

Hoosier motorists had hopes for easier traveling on this day in 1919 [July 27]. The newly organized state highway commission [INDOT] was busy laying out our present system of state highways. At the time, only a few stretches of highways were paved. Most were covered with gravel or crushed stone. The commission also began numbering highway routes. You had to look quickly to see if you were on the right road, though, as the route numbers were simply painted on white bands on telephone poles. Copied from a July 27, 2022 post by the Indiana Historical Society on Facebook. Short History of the Indiana State Highway Commission by J. M. Henry · 1926 on Google Books

Fort Wayne Street Names

Street names have been listed in the Fort Wayne City and Allen County Directories since the first issue in 1858. Fort Wayne was officially built in 1794 by General Anthony Wayne at the confluence of three rivers where the Miami Indian village Kekionga already existed. Indian trails often followed animal trails and/or high ground winding and weaving along the path of least resistance around large trees, rocks, and natural obstacles in the native landscape through the primeval forest that was often year-around swamp and wetlands. Indian trails were originally foot trails that naturally enlarged over time as more people used them for horseback then wagon roads as the European settlers arrived. Some trails kept Indian names as they became roads, other roads were named for the early explorers and settlers who opened new trails, settled and/or owned the land, sometimes creating the first roads as needed along and through their land to carry on their livelihood. Roads that traverse mostly straight north-to-south or east-to-west were likely created after townships lines and maps were drawn when Allen County was formed in 1824. Early maps and history books show some early roads were toll roads with tolls collected by or paid to the land owners who created and maintained the roads. The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has an 86-page book titled Street index of Fort Wayne, Indiana that I have not seen so don't know what is in it.

Address Number Changes

Early city street names and addresses changed over time as the city and county developed, including number changes in 1902 and can be found in the city directories and newspaper articles. One example is the John Sollberger saloon at 232 W. Main in 1900 and 1901 but at 916 W. Main in 1902. As the early town expanded, streets with one name were often connected with existing county roads that already had names. Some street names changed over time as they were extended and merged with other existing streets, and/or sometimes eliminated when buildings were torn down or expanded, and bridges were built over creeks, rivers and low flood plain land not possible without modern technology in the pioneer days. Different government jurisdictions of city, county, and township can also create naming conflicts. Finding maps for the years street names were used co-ordinated with the same city directory years should help determine the location of older street names. The 1945 book Streets of Fort Wayne shown below should also help. See the September 26, 2017 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

Street Name Changes

Page 6 of the online book History of the Fort Wayne Fire Department : extracts from Fort Wayne, Indiana, newspapers by Weber, Donald Allen states: Listed below are the names of some of the streets taken from the newspaper articles that have been changed since that time. The new names as we know them today are also listed. Water Street is now — Superior Street. George Street is now — West Brackenridge Street. Hamilton Street is now — Masterson Street. Dawson Street is now — Williams Street. Holman Street is now — East Brackenridge Street. Montgomery Street is now — East Douglas Street. Griffith Street is now — Fairfield Avenue. Duryea Street is now — Poplar Street. Pritchard Street is now — Lavina Street. Erie Street is now — East Berry Street. Thomas Street is now — Bowser Avenue. Walton Avenue is now — Anthony Blvd.

Street name changes create confusion for genealogy researchers and modern travelers and can lead to lively discussions on social media such as the December 30, 2018 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. At first it would seem easy to just change a street or road to one name. It is easy if no one has a business or home address recorded anywhere using the existing names and addresses. As any long-time genealogist soon learns, it is not unusual to have that one ancestor who seems impossible to locate until the researcher discovers that the ancestor lived somewhere for a long time without moving, but the government entity whether township, county, or even state boundary lines moved because of early survey or border line disputes that were settled once and for all in a court settlement during or even after their lifetime. Documentation for that ancestor will then be found in whatever government archive entity that claimed jurisdiction over their land for that specific time period. Modern street name changes create similar complications and potential expenses. Costs start with changing street signs, contacting mapping entities whether print or digital, billing and delivery problems can occur for address changes with the post office, various government agencies, package delivery companies, even long ago contacts that use old addresses until made aware of name changes resulting in undelivered items and unintended consequences. These potential costs and complications often lead to simply leaving the existing street names to avoid complications not worth the expense and grief of making those changes.

If you find sources of reliable documentation of local street names and address changes please Contact Allen INGenWeb.

  1. Auto Trails from Fort Wayne by Richard M. Simpson, III published 15 April 2020 on Indiana Transportation History.com.
  2. Streets of Fort Wayne McCoy, Angus Cameron, from "a speech before the Quest Club, November 30, 1945," prepared by the staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County
  3. Crossroads of History: Paving through Fort Wayne's Streets by Joshua Schipper published August 8, 2020 is an update of the book above. Also has a Facebook page Fort Wayne Road Commission - FWRC and a newspaper article interviewed the twenty-year-old author in On road to finding answers City man writes book on whys of streets' names by Blake Sebring published February 2, 2021 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  4. Street Scene Series 9 short videos filmed in the 1970s by a librarian at the Allen County Public Library posted on YouTube and 7 similar but longer videos on Access One of the Access Fort Wayne public television at the Allen County Public Library. The Street Scenes and Fort Wayne Landmarks series' as an attempt to preserve the flavor of some of the older, mainly residential areas of Fort Wayne. Series 2 consists of wide-angle views taken from a car moving slowly through the designated areas. Camera and Editing by Steve Fortriede. 3 videos are found below, the others are elsewhere on our site. We had an interesting discussion with Alan Bengs on these old videos February 26, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.

    Fort Wayne Street Series: March 1974 58 minute video by Access Fort Wayne
    at the Allen County Public Library published on November 23, 2015 on YouTube
    A rare and interesting time capsule showcasing what the area used to look like! Raw footage of architecture and businesses on Calhoun and Broadway circa 1974 as seen from the sidewalks. Originally shot and submitted by Steven Fortriede on 3/4 tape.

  5. What’s in a (street) name? by Randy Harter published June 1, 2018 in Fort Wayne Reader takes a little hike through the city center, north from Main, south from Main, west from Calhoun and finishing up east from Calhoun to find out what’s in a name compiled from the above information and posted June 4, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  6. An Early Road: Fort Wayne to Tiptonsport about John Tipton in early 1800s by Tom Castaldi published March 8, 2016 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  7. 1907 Map of Fort Wayne - Montgomery Street discussed September 27, 2015 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
  8. 1940s photo of Johnny Appleseed Bridge looking northeast before IPFW campus was built discussion March 23, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  9. A December 30, 2018 discussion on the Anthony Blvd name change from the original Walton Avenue for the Walton Coal Company and other Walton businesses varied from curiosity, serious comments and less than useful information on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  10. A map of a plan of Anthony Wayne Memorial Highway was prepared for the Optimists Club of Fort Wayne by A.K. Hofer in 1944. It was never built. A photo of the map was posted May 3, 2018 and close-up of the middle of map May 10, 2018 and last section May 17, 2018 by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebook.
  11. Anthony Wayne Parkway (Express Highway) - November, 5, 1947, Even though the federal government would pay all but $4.08 million of the $27 million total, Fort Wayne voters rejected construction of the proposed Anthony Wayne Parkway. Copied from the 1940-1949 Timeline: In The Shadow of War in Fort Wayne History in the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. The voter referendum defeated 62% against to 38% for two proposed east-west and north-south expressways, paid for by the federal government, to go through downtown Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne's 1946 Anthony Wayne Expressway Thwarted Due to Racism is the title of an article posted in the Marsha Smiley Collectionat the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. See photos posted July 13, 2015 on Facebook by Fort Wayne Public Works. Fort Wayne to Have Expressway 6 page report by James T. White Traffic Engineer, Fort Wayne on Purdue.edu docs. October 28, 1947 photo article in The News-Sentinel newspaper comment and more discussed June 8, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Anthony Wayne Expressway, late 40s/early 50s by OSP published January 22, 2016 on FortWayneReader. Was discussed with photos and newspaper articles June 8, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp wrote the song "PINK HOUSES" released in 1993 that started with the lyrics: "Well, there's a Black man with a black cat living in a Black neighborhood. He's got a interstate running through his front yard. You know, he thinks he's got it so good." This song is mentioned in the transcript of the 7-minute NPR broadcast A Brief History Of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highways on April 7, 2021 that talks with Deborah N. Archer author of the reseach paper ‘White Men’s Roads Through Black Men’s Homes’: Advancing Racial Equity Through Highway Reconstruction 73 Vanderbilt Law Review 1259 (2020) NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-49 72 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2020 Last revised: 6 Nov 2020 Deborah N. Archer New York University School of Law Date Written: February 18, 2020. The urban expressway not taken: Exploring the history and future of Fort Wayne’s roadway system by Joshua Schipper posted March 30, 2022 on Input Fort Wayne. Discussed July 17, 2022 in Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group
  12. 'Auto Indiana' exhibit rolls into The History Center mentions motorists from 1905-1912 made their own license plates and shows a 1914 car accident by Kevin Kilbane published September 12, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  13. Brick Alley photo
    brick alley Historic South Wayne
    Neighborhood Association photo
  14. Brick Alley - photo of the restored brick alley between Kinnaird and Wildwood Avenues, bounded by Beaver Ave. and Indiana Avenue was posted May 10, 2019 by Historic South Wayne Neighborhood Association on Facebook. 924 South Calhoun, gate closed photo, Allen County Bar Association photos were posted March 12, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. May 14, 2019 another alley photo was posted by House to Home on Facebook.
  15. Brick Streets - Fort Wayne currently has 14 brick streets (41 blocks/3 miles) left. In 1917, there were almost 32 miles of brick streets in town. Back in 2004, ARCH and the West Central Neighborhood, along with the help of The City of Fort Wayne, partnered to host a brick street restoration workshop which was attended by street department and engineering staff from several cities and towns in our region. From that learning experience, we developed a brochure on restoring historic brick streets. Take a look at http://www.westcentralneighborhood.org/BrickStreetBrochure.… from July 5, 2018 post by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
    1. There are a few early 20th-century photos showing the laying of the bricks such as Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana at Indiana Memory from Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana (image 92) on the History Center Digital Collection on the mDON mastodon Digital Object Network discussed April 29, 2019 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
    2. A city ordinance passed on Jan. 22, 2013, states: 'the City of Fort Wayne will also preserve and maintain brick alleys identified on an official map, provided by the Community Development Division, which shall not be changed without prior Council approval. Nothing is intended to mandate that the city has any greater obligation to make or pay for the brick alley repairs beyond that which is undertaken for non-brick alleys in the normal course, rather this subchapter is merely evidencing an obligation to maintain the structural and esthetic integrity of the alleys as brick alleys when a decision is made to repair or replace brick alleys in the normal course.”passed on Jan. 22, 2013, states: “the City of Fort Wayne will also preserve and maintain brick alleys identified on an official map, provided by the Community Development Division, which shall not be changed without prior Council approval. Nothing is intended to mandate that the city has any greater obligation to make or pay for the brick alley repairs beyond that which is undertaken for non-brick alleys in the normal course, rather this subchapter is merely evidencing an obligation to maintain the structural and esthetic integrity of the alleys as brick alleys when a decision is made to repair or replace brick alleys in the normal course. is discussed in Reused brick for streets can drive up costs but durable by Dan Vance published January 21, 2019 in KPC Media on InFortWayne.com.
    3. Brick Streets was a comment posted February 19, 2018 and again February 28, 2018 generating lots of comments on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
    4. In early 2018 brick sections include partial blocks of Fourth St., 5th St. is no longer brick, Butler St., Canal St., College St., Davis St., Grand St. shown in photo June 3, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook, Greenwood Ave. is no longer brick, parts of Growth Ave, Jones St., short section of Maiden Lane, Morrison St., Union St., Summit St. is no longer brick, Swinney Ave., Wagner St., one block of Webster St at Pearl St., Wilt St., and Wall St.. Many brick streets, including trolley tracks, have been paved over with asphalt, but bricks and occasionally trolley tracks will show up during street maintenance and repairs.
    5. Photos discussed August 2, 2018 on Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne Private Facebook Group.
    6. For a look at different pavement types in various cities see THE STORY BENEATH OUR FEET by Zach Mortice published July 31, 2018 in Landscape Architecture Magazine.
    7. A June 10, 2022 post with photos on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook showed Most Precious Blood Catholic Church on the corner of Barthold and Fourth Street which is still a brick street.
  16. Broadway and Taylor intersection. Meyer's, Mad Anthony photo and discussion March 29, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  17. Broadway Avenue - photos of 1014 discussed September 13, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook
  18. Burgess Street July 8, 1916 Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel article about Francis Burgess, the machinist, here 60 years today from Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  19. a webpage of photos from the Community Album courtesy of the Allen County Public Library on OpenStreets Fort Wayne. During the BLM, Black Lives Matter era, an interesting newspaper article looked at the history of John Calhoun. John Calhoun boasts an impressive list of political accomplishments. Following nearly 15 years in the U.S. House, he served as President James Monroe's secretary of war from 1817-25. Calhoun was later chosen as America's seventh vice president, serving from 1825-32, first under President John Quincy Adams, then President Andrew Jackson. Following the end of his vice presidency, Calhoun served in the U.S. Senate for a dozen years until he was appointed secretary of state under President John Tyler from 1844-45. Calhoun returned to the Senate for five additional years until he died in 1850. While spending most of his adult life in government, Calhoun developed a strong advocacy for state's rights during our country's westward expansion in the 1800s. Copied from: Calhoun, reconsidered Let's change street name with racist namesake by local high school history teacher Chris Elliott published September 09, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  20. Canal Hotels on Rosemarie Alley by Tom Castaldi posted February 27, 2014 on the History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  21. CIRCUMURBAN PROPOSAL from the August 21, 1962 Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. This is a proposal for the triangle bounded by Hobson, Trier and the Circumurban a.ka. The Bypass. Think Don Hall's Triangle Park, formerly Holly's Landing! It obviously was an architects vision! BTW....Hofer and Davis, Inc. did the boundary survey in January of 1962, and many surveys since! From a June 15, 2017 post by Hofer and Davis, Inc. Land Surveyors on Facebookand shared June 15, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. The Community at Triangle Park occupies the tall building in 2022.
  22. Clinton St. loses a lane for project Wider walkway, streetscaping among downtown upgrades by Dan Stockman published May 2, 2013 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Clinton to lose lane downtown, gain wider sidewalk May 1, 2013 Statement as issued Wednesday morning by the city of Fort Wayne. Clinton is U.S. 27
  23. Cloverleaf - May 27, 1958 aerial photo on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook
  24. College Street - the Methodist College founded in 1846 stood at the west end of West Wayne Street fronting College Street. See lithograph published December 22, 2014 on Save Our Fort Wayne History.
  25. Columbia Street - Photo with caption: Dana Columbia—he's where Columbia Street gets its name from. He was a canal boat operator, and his boat was the first to carry passengers along the Wabash and Erie Canal from Fort Wayne to Lafayette. was posted August 10, 2018 by The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook. June 1974 Fort Wayne Street Scenes --Columbia Street West posted November 11, 2016 by the Allen County Public Library YouTube. June, 1974. Columbia Street north side 100 block west, 4. Columbia Street south side 100 block west. Street Scenes Wide angle views, then detailed studies, building by building, of the older portions of Fort Wayne. Camera and Editing by Steve Fortriede. Photo of historical marker sign posted June 20, 2018 by The Landing Fort Wayne on Facebook.
  26. The Columbia Street story (1975) - Bates, Roy M on Archive.org

  27. Covington Road is probably named for the Covington Homestead family whose history remains unknow in 2020.
  28. George Street - on Broadway, named for Mother George, became Brackenridge Street at some point in time. Fort Wayne maps of both 1874 and 1895 show a street named for her that later was changed to West Brackenridge. According to Harold Lopshire at ARCH, a grocery store building was erected in 1864 by Joseph Nohe at the corner of Broadway and George Street. Today, along Broadway there is no longer any evidence of a street celebrating the memory of Mother George except a marker embedded high on the building wall of the once grocery store, now carpet retailer, that reads, “George St.” To honor the memory of Eliza George, however, a marker was placed on the north side of East Berry Street between Barr and Lafayette that is near the site of her first home in Fort Wayne. It was erected in May of 1965 by the Fort Wayne Civil War Roundtable. Copied from a longer Comment to a photo street names on the building posted and discussed September 9, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  29. GOSHEN AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT RECEIVES PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD May 20, 2022 on City of Fort Wayne - Known for decades as “Five Points,” the intersection of Goshen Avenue, Sherman Boulevard, and Lillian Avenue is part of the historic Lincoln Highway. Before improvements, the signal-controlled intersection had no pedestrian access, no lighting, poor drainage, long traffic delays, and a history of accidents. The City of Fort Wayne’s Goshen Avenue Improvements Project received the 2021 APWA-Indiana Chapter Public Works Project of the Year in the Transportation category. The $5.3 million Goshen Avenue Improvements Project features a roundabout that improved traffic flow, incorporated pedestrian traffic, and revitalized the neighborhood, including new lighting, an enclosed drainage system, consolidation or removal of multiple access points, and pedestrian friendly walkways along the roadway. The intersection at the roundabout welcomes approximately 18,500 vehicles per day. With the continuous traffic flow from cars no longer stopping at lights, emissions from idling cars is estimated to be reduced by 20%.
  30. Hanna Street - a May 14, 1898 Fort Wayne News newspaper article about cedar block replacement posted May 13, 2017 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  31. I-469 bypass opening ceremony was October 23, 1995. Photos where shown on a July 14, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. I-469 - Fort Wayne on IN.gov. Some history on Fort Wayne Bypass by Richard M. Simpson posted 30 June 2020 on intransporthistory.com. Statistics on Project: Fort Wayne, Indiana, I-469 Beltway on EconWorks. Interstate 469 on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
  32. Main Street
    Fort Wayne Street Scenes---Main Street, Southside posted November 11, 2016 by the Allen County Public Library on YouTube.
    October, 1976, Main Street south side 1900 block - 400 block west. Originated as a complement to our original Street Scenes and Fort Wayne Landmarks series is an attempt to preserve the flavor of some of the older, mainly residential areas of Fort Wayne. Series 2 consists of wide-angle views taken from a car moving slowly through the designated areas. Camera and Editing by Steve Fortriede.
    Fort Wayne Street Scenes---Main Street, Northside posted November 11, 2016 by the Allen County Public Library on YouTube.
    October, 1976. Main Street north side 200 block - 1900 block west. Originated as a complement to our original Street Scenes and Fort Wayne Landmarks series' as an attempt to preserve the flavor of some of the older, mainly residential areas of Fort Wayne. Series 2 consists of wide-angle views taken from a car moving slowly through the designated areas. Camera and Editing by Steve Fortriede.
  33. Maplecrest Road, formerly Meyer Road. Maplecrest was originally called Meyer Road for Herb Meyer. Herb Meyer had a connection with St. Peters Lutheran church history from a streets and roads discussion about the Fort Wayne Road Commission new book on local streets April 22, 2020 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. The Maplecrest Road Extension Fort Wayne, Indiana opened October 30, 2012. Mark Souder Indiana House of Representive was a strong advocate for federal funding of this project. American Structure Point, Inc. with photos describes it as: This 1.5-mile roadway extension project included design of a new 4-lane roadway section with curb and gutter through a highly industrialized urban area. The project incorporates grade separations over two railroad facilities, one industrial supplier, two roadways, and the Maumee River. Additionally, the project included design of new storm sewers, sidewalks, traffic signing, and three at-grade intersections, including two traffic signal designs. This project played a major role in improving the transportation mobility for Allen County and the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven. Maplecrest Road Extension to Open Oct. 30 on www.allencounty.us states: The event’s theme — “ Connecting Communities” — will celebrate the collaborative effort of Allen County, the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven, and state and federal officials to make the Maplecrest Extension a reality. The project extends Maplecrest from Lake Avenue to Adams Center Road at Indiana 930 in New Haven. It features construction of 1.5 miles of new four-lane roadway with curb and gutter and four new bridges. It also includes design of new storm sewers, a multi-use trail, traffic signing, and three at-grade intersections, including three traffic signal designs. Work began in the spring of 2010. Primco, Inc. of Fort Wayne was awarded the construction contract. To date, approximately $31.4 million has been spent on the project. The engineer’s original estimate was just under $50 million. November 2, 2012 dedication of the Maplecrest Road Extension with four bridges crossing 2 railroad tracks creating a north south corridor on the east side of Fort Wayne connecting Fort Wayne with New Haven and Adams Center Road on the south. Both roads intersect the I-469 bypass that loops around southern and eastern Fort Wayne with I-69 on the west. Maplecrest insects I-469 on the north, Adams Center intersects I-469 on the south. It was the "most complex road project that has been undertaken locally ... cost $31.4 million, well below the engineer’s original estimate of $50 million, [Linda] Bloom said. The new road will provide easier access to the Norfolk Southern railroad office and the Do it Best headquarters and will do away with two railroad crossings." fromMaplecrest extension touted as link for two communities by Vivian Sade published November 3, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. "More than a decade ago, Allen County Commissioner Linda Bloom found undeveloped plans from 1970 for building a north-south corridor on the east side of Allen County." From Maplecrest extension finishes long journey also by Vivian Sade published October 29, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. See Maplecrest Road Extension by Beth Stauffer on The New Haven Bulletin. The road names remain unchanged after crossing bridge. Access Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library had a 30 minute Countyline video about the Maplecrest Extension including speeches at the dedication.
  34. Metaform mural video by Tobias Studios along Columbia Street in downtown finished and posted September 14, 2017 posted by the City of Fort Wayneon Facebook.
  35. McClellan Street is in southern Fort Wayne between Pettit Avenue and Paulding Road. Photographs by David and Peter Turnley taken in 1972-73 on their website McClellan Street and a book by the same name refer to McClellan Street downtown by Parkview Field that is now parking lots.
  36. Miss Virginia Memorial Parkway - named for philanthropist Miss Virginia Schrantz, the founder of the Miss Virginia Mission House at 1312 Hanna St. Originally from Part of Hanna Street to be named after Miss Virginia published June 3, 2015 and Street dedicated to woman who left mark of kindness published June 4, 2015 both redirected to a March 16, 2016 update of second article by Dave Gong in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  37. Street Scenes: New Haven, Leo, Hunterton, Indiana video, Show 264, at Access Fort Wayne public television at the Allen County Public Library.
  38. Paul Shaffer Drive opens to public by Ben Lanka published September 11, 2007 in The Journal Gazette newspaper
  39. State Boulevard bridge shown in a 1933 photo of over the Saint Joseph River before flood control walls taken from North Side High School on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  40. Storefronts of State Boulevard by Mark Meyer published February 21, 2013 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  41. Sycamore trees along city streets discussed March 23, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  42. Thayer Street - A 2015 post by Rick Smock for a 1943 name tag for Jacqueline A Reid at 1127 Thayer Avenue has passed around Facebook many times including our May 14, 2015 Facebook post. Her brother Franklin replied in 2017 that she was alive and well. We have many comments including a long May 31, 2019 comment by Robert Destatte who said: My B-I-L in Toledo, OH, who is a friend of Rich Smock, invited me to help find the owner of this dog tag. I stumbled onto your discussion while conducting Google searches. I found two listings, including a phone number, for a Jacqueline M. Reid in Fort Wayne. A local member of this discussion group might wish to follow this lead (I live in California). And much... The 1921 city directory gives the Thayer street location as between Gay Street east to Bowser Avenue, first south of Wallace in our 2015 comment.
  43. Local highways U.S. 24, U.S. 27, U.S. 30, and U.S. 33. Even numbered highways generally go east and west, while odd numbers go north and south. From Local U.S. highways lead to surprising places by Kevin Kilbane published July 10, 2013 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  44. Wayne Trace and other DAR markers on Rootsweb.
  45. Wells Street - once known as the Fort Dearborn (Chicago) Trail, was an important link for trade in the Northwest Territory. It was named for William Wells, the local hero who was raised by the Miamis and married Little Turtle’s daughter, Sweet Breeze. He would later side with the Americans and die in a rescue attempt of Fort Dearborn’s evacuees. In 1913, Wells Street from Superior to State became part of the original 3,400 mile long Lincoln Highway. The route changed when the larger Harrison Street Bridge was completed in 1915, bypassing Wells St. south of Putnam and its smaller iron bridge. Copied from a longer June 22, 2018 post by Dan Baker on his Facebook page and his June 22, 2018 post this Leftover from his book Fort Wayne Through Time with Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  46. 1001 Wells Street August 7, 1913 was a Horse and Mule Market discussion on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  47. 3325 Wells Street - stone house discussed October 12, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook. Was listed on the ARCH ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL LIST OF ENDANGERED STRUCTURES by Jill Downs published May 22, 2018 by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage). Discussed September 27, 2015 and March 15, 2018 on You know you've lived in Fort Wayne too long when... Private Facebook group.
  48. Wells Street Bridge - Spanning Spy Run Creek at Wells Street, Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN from the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, Landscapes Survey. Now featured prominently in the Riverfront development project.
    Significance: The Wells Street Bridge (Allen County Bridge No. 542) over the Spy Run Creek is an 88-foot long, single-span, reinforced concrete arch. The bridge appears to use the Melan system of reinforcing, a system largely abandoned by 1914. The Wells Street Bridge (Allen County Bridge No. 542) is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places based on its engineering significance at the local level.
  49. Changing Face of West Wayne Street photos including Save 226 West Wayne torn down in July 2014 to build the Ash Skyline Project complex posted May 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  50. Photos of "420 West Wayne Street: Circa 1900 & 2017" with history of the beautiful Indiana limestone mansion designed for Robert C. and Clara Bell by the architectural firm Wing & Mahurin were posted April 12, 2019 by Daniel Baker on Facebook.
  51. We counted literally every road in America. Here’s what we learned. by Jeff Uuo published March 6, 2015 in The Washington Post newspaper lists 10 most popular streets in each state.
  52. Yellowstone Trail - route on Lincoln Highway during early 1900s. There was a June 28, 1919 map and article in a Fort Wayne News newspaper discussion on Facebook. TOGETHER IN INDIANA-- THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY AND THE YELLOWSTONE TRAIL published June 2009 and IN SEARCH OF... THE YELLOWSTONE TRAIL IN OHIO published December 2005 both by Michael G. Buettner. Yellowstone Trail Association pages 62-63 in Western Magazine Volumes 19-20, January 1, 1922.
  53. A March 30, 2022 post on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook shared The urban expressway not taken: Exploring the history and future of Fort Wayne’s roadway system by Joshua Schipper posted March 30, 2022 on Input Fort Wayne that discussed the Anthony Wayne Parkway and other road projects.

Bridges of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana

  1. Allen County search on Bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United Statesshows 56 lost bridges
  2. Historic Bridges: Allen County, Indiana shows 22 bridges on historicbridges.org
  3. Covered Bridges and the Birth of American Engineering by Historic American Engineering Record National Park Service Washington, D.C. 2015. Posted June 7, 2022 by Heritage Documentation Programs, NPS on Facebook.

Roads of Allen County, Indiana

  1. Native American trails were the first roads in northeastern Indiana. Many trails crossed northern Indiana before the land was surveyed and sold to settlers in the first half of the 19th century. The Fort Wayne to Goshen Road was one of the first roads in northeast Indiana, which became the Lincoln Highway in 1913 and then US 33 in 1926. The original Lincoln Highway route through eastern Indiana passed through the small communities of Zulu, Townely, Besancon (the 19th century French settlement), the canal town of New Haven, and Fort Wayne. The route then headed northwest to the city of Churubusco. Lincolndale Café was located on the western edge of Fort Wayne along Goshen Road. From this point the original route of the highway continued on north to Churubusco. The 1926 route turned west on Washington Center Road. The Lincoldale area was completely altered when Interstate 69 was built. Road construction has caused sections of the original Lincoln Highway route to become dead ends. Fort Wayne celebrated the Lincoln Highway with bonfires, long parades, arches built to welcome travelers, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) erected a flagpole at the city limits to show their patriotic efforts. Lincoln Highway Association’s promotional efforts included the building of concrete bridges. The Lincoln Highway Bridges in Fort Wayne opened in April 1916 over the St. Mary’s River at a cost of $200,000 as a part of Harrison Sreet. The granite plaques show that it is 742 miles to New York and 2,660 miles to San Francisco. Today the bridge is part of a greenway pedestrian and bike system. This is the first paragraph copied from the Lincoln Highway by Tom Castaldi, local historian at ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
  2. Maps of Suburban and Rural Additions, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1960 The following contains maps of rural additions which were not within the Corporation limits of the City of Fort Wayne in 1960. At the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Many of these additions are now within corporate Fort Wayne city limits.
  3. Road name changes are frustrating, but usually occur in modern times when named roads that originally did not connect, often due to rivers and creeks without bridges or other obstacles, are connected many years and decades later when many existing homes and businesses with long-time addresses are merged by connecting those roads.
  4. Early roads were often named for the people living along or near the roads since an Indiana law of 1816-17 required males age 18-50 to donate up to 6 days labor annually to open and maintain public roads. Pioneer families created early roads by cutting down trees and laying the original road beds through the primeval forests that greeted the early pioneer families. Such stories are sometimes found in early county records. If anyone finds any confirming information, please Contact Allen INGenWeb. A September 5, 2022 post for Eggeman Road that ran through David Eggiman's farm in the 1800s was posted on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook.
  5. Roads near the center of the township often have center in their names like Aboite Center Road, Lafayette Center Road, Maumee Center Road, Milan Center Road, Pleasant Center Road, and Springfield Center Road. Two pairs of center roads are north-south Adams Center Road changes to Marion Center Road, and east-west St. Joe Center Road changes to Washington Center Road once separated by the Saint Joseph River are now connected by a bridge as they cross township boundary lines.
  6. Fort to Port U.S. 24 a 4 lane highway opened in November 15, 2012 replaces the 2 lane Old U.S. 24 that followed along the winding old Wabash and Erie Canal route across Indiana northeast into Ohio on the way to Toledo, Ohio.
    The new four-lane limited-access highway traverses northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio to connect Fort Wayne with the Port of Toledo. The corridor spans about 75 miles from Interstate 469 in New Haven to near Waterville, Ohio, south of Toledo. One of 50 state road projects finished this year because of Major Moves money from the long-term lease of the Indiana Toll Road. The route will provide direct connections to Interstates 80, 90, 75, 69 and 469 and join the under-construction Hoosier Heartland Corridor that will connect I-69 in Fort Wayne to I-65 in Lafayette. The new U.S. 24 will make it easier to travel to the Great Lakes region, officials said. - November 15, 2012 12:11 p.m. Fort to Port finally open for business Last Indiana section finished by Vivian Sade of The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  7. Indiana Lincoln Highway Association - at the Indiana Business Research Center, IU Kelley School of Business
  8. Indiana National Road Association
  9. Lima Road, formerly known as Lima Plank Road. Was the first plank road in northern Indiana. It was named Lima Plank Road when it ran northwest from Fort Wayne to Lima, now Howe, LaGrange County, Indiana. In 1847, the road was built by Samuel Hanna. It was made of planks so that wagons could ride smoothly! A photo of one of the planks at The History Center in Fort Wayne was posted July 13, 2019 by Fort Wayne Road Commission - FWRC on Facebook.
  10. A question was asked April 17, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook about the old Bostick Road Bridge, spanning the St. Marys River off of HWY 27, just south of I-469. The bridge was built in 1894 by the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio and closed in April 2004. Bostick Road Bridge Award The Highway Department's effort to restore and preserve the historic Bostick Road bridge was recognized by ARCH -- the Architecture and Community Heritage organization of Allen County and northeast Indiana. ARCH presented the Highway Department with its 2012 Good Stewardship Award for the ongoing preservation of an Allen County landmark. The rehabilitation of the single-span bridge included new steel members, bridge decking and bridge painting in order to provide for the preservation of this historical structure. Following the restoration, the bridge is now being utilized as a pedestrian way across the St Mary’s River. copied from page 9 of the 2012 Allen County Annual Report. More information can be found in Historic Bostick Road Bridge dismantled by Kevin Leininger in the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. IF BRIDGES COULD TALK William L. G. Etzler, P.E. Executive Director Allen County Highway Department in a 4-page document on Purdue.edu, Bostick Road Bridge Turner Bridge, Allen County Bridge 268 on HistoricBridges.org, and Bostick Road Bridge on Bridgehunter.com: Historic Bridges of the United States.

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