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Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA

"Fort Wayne, wine, a city of Indiana, capital of Allen co., is on the Maumee River, at the confluence of its branches the St. Joseph and St. Mary's Rivers, and on the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad where it crosses the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago and Wabash Railroads, 148 miles E.S.E. of Chicago, 142 miles S.S.E. of Grand Rapids, 92 miles N. of Richmond, and 94 miles W.S.W. of Toledo, O. It is the S. terminus of the Fort Wayne, Jackson & Saginaw Railroad, and the N. terminus of the Fort Wayne, Muncie & Cincinnati Railroad. Its trade is also facilitated by the Wabash & Erie Canal. It contains a court-house, 27 £, 2 or 3 national banks, a high school, the Concordia College (Lutheran), which was founded in 1850, and the Fort Wayne College (Methodist Episcopal), which was organized in 1846. It is the seat of a Catholic bishop, and has a Catholic hospital, a convent, and 2 academies. Four daily and 5 weekly newspapers are published here; 2 of the weekly papers are in German. This city has several iron-foundries and machine-shops, a rolling-mill, and manufactories of railroad-cars, organs, woollen goods, engines and boilers, &c. Large workshops of 3 railroads are located here. Pop. in 1870, 17,718; in 1880, 26,880; in 1890, 35,393."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 1794 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana's 2nd Largest city, had its beginnings in 1794, after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, when General "Mad Anthony" Wayne built Ft. Wayne on the site of a Miami Indian village.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ indiana.html

  • 1845 - Johnnie Appleseed is buried at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ indiana.html

  • News 1871 - 32 Churches
    Fort Wayne, Ind., has thirty-two churches.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 21, 1871

  • News June 2, 1883: In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first baseball game was played under electric lights at night

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    June 2, 1883

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
    City Hall
  • News 1895 - HORSE SCARED BY THE ELEPHANTS. RUNAWAY IN FORT WAYNE WHICH CAUSED INJURIES TO MANY PERSONS INCIDENT TO A CIRCUS PARADE.
    Fort Wayne, May 22. - A serious runaway accident occurred here this morning during the Ringling Brothers' circus parade. About twenty persons, mostly ...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - A BAD FIRE. PROPERTY VALUED AT $150,000 IS DESTROYED AT FORT WAYNE.
    Fort Wayne, Ind., March 1. - At seven o'clock Sunday morning a passer-by saw smoke issuing from MORGAN & Co.'s retail and wholesale hardware store on ...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - LOST THREE FINGERS
    While his machine, a massive steam shear, was momentarily idle, Nogene Mire fell asleep and was awakened by the knives clipping off three of the finge...Read MORE...


  • 1910 - October 23 - Blanche Stuart Scott becomes the first woman to fly solo in an airplane at a public event when she flies at an air meet in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1912 Scott becomes the first female test pilot.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

  • News 1911 - FOUR DIE IN WRECK - EIGHTEEN HOUR FLYER LEAPS OFF RAILS NEAR FORT WAYNE.
    30 PERSONS ARE INJURED.

    SEVERAL VICTIMS OF CRASH ARE NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE.

    SPEEDING AT 50 MILES AN HOUR, CHICAGO TO NEW YORK EXPRESS LEAVES T...Read MORE...


  • News 1915 - ONE MAN IS KILLED. When Upper Section of Construction Tower Collapses This Morning
    One man was injured so badly that the died within an hour at the St. Joseph's hospital and another was painfully hurt at 10 o'clock this morning when ...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Fort Wayne, a city of Indiana, one of the oldest cities in the state and the capital of Allen co., is situated at the confluence of the St. Joseph's a...Read MORE...


  • News 1917 - DIES OF BURNS. Mrs. Loraine Succumbs to Terrible Injuries Sustained Thursday.
    Mrs. John Loraine, 462 Elizabeth street, is dead following four days of terrible suffering, as a result of burns, sustained Thursday morning when in a...Read MORE...


  • Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
    Hotel Keenan

    Fort Wayne's largest and finest fireproof hotel All outside rooms with bath and circulating ice water. Air-conditioned. Dining Room, Egyptian Coffee Shop and beautiful new Cocktail Lounge. Finest of foods at moderate prices Official... Read MORE...

  • 1925 - March 31 – Radio station WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Indiana begins broadcasting.

    www.wikipedia.org
    March 31, 1925

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
    Aerial View of Downtown Fort Wayne
  • 1954 - September 26 - WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com



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Fort Wayne's largest and finest fireproof hotel All outside rooms with bath and circulating ice water. Air-conditioned. Dining Room, Egyptian Coffee Shop and beautiful new Cocktail Lounge. Finest of foods at moderate prices Official... Read MORE...

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  • 1794 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana's 2nd Largest city, had its beginnings in 1794, after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, when General "Mad Anthony" Wayne built Ft. Wayne on the site of a Miami Indian village.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ indiana.html
  • 1845 - Johnnie Appleseed is buried at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ indiana.html
  • News  1871 - 32 Churches
    Fort Wayne, Ind., has thirty-two churches. St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 21, 1871
  • News  June 2, 1883: In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the first baseball game was played under electric lights at night
    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
    June 2, 1883
  • News  1895 - HORSE SCARED BY THE ELEPHANTS. RUNAWAY IN FORT WAYNE WHICH CAUSED INJURIES TO MANY PERSONS INCIDENT TO A CIRCUS PARADE.
    Fort Wayne, May 22. - A serious runaway accident occurred here this morning during the Ringling Brothers' circus parade. About twenty persons, mostly ... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - A BAD FIRE. PROPERTY VALUED AT $150,000 IS DESTROYED AT FORT WAYNE.
    Fort Wayne, Ind., March 1. - At seven o'clock Sunday morning a passer-by saw smoke issuing from MORGAN & Co.'s retail and wholesale hardware store on ... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - LOST THREE FINGERS
    While his machine, a massive steam shear, was momentarily idle, Nogene Mire fell asleep and was awakened by the knives clipping off three of the finge... Read MORE...

  • 1910 - October 23 - Blanche Stuart Scott becomes the first woman to fly solo in an airplane at a public event when she flies at an air meet in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1912 Scott becomes the first female test pilot.
    http://www.independentsentinel.com/
  • News  1911 - FOUR DIE IN WRECK - EIGHTEEN HOUR FLYER LEAPS OFF RAILS NEAR FORT WAYNE.
    30 PERSONS ARE INJURED.

    SEVERAL VICTIMS OF CRASH ARE NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE.

    SPEEDING AT 50 MILES AN HOUR, CHICAGO TO NEW YORK EXPRESS LEAVES T... Read MORE...

  • News  1915 - ONE MAN IS KILLED. When Upper Section of Construction Tower Collapses This Morning
    One man was injured so badly that the died within an hour at the St. Joseph's hospital and another was painfully hurt at 10 o'clock this morning when ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Fort Wayne, a city of Indiana, one of the oldest cities in the state and the capital of Allen co., is situated at the confluence of the St. Joseph's a... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - DIES OF BURNS. Mrs. Loraine Succumbs to Terrible Injuries Sustained Thursday.
    Mrs. John Loraine, 462 Elizabeth street, is dead following four days of terrible suffering, as a result of burns, sustained Thursday morning when in a... Read MORE...

  • 1925 - March 31 – Radio station WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Indiana begins broadcasting.
    www.wikipedia.org
    March 31, 1925
  • 1954 - September 26 - WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
    historyorb.com

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