Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne

by Randolph L. Harter


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Beginning as a humble Army fortification in the 1790s, Fort Wayne became the second largest city in the state, as well as the cultural and economic center of northeastern Indiana.

Founded at the confluence of three rivers--the St. Mary's, St. Joseph, and the hence formed Maumee--Fort Wayne stands astride a rich and storied history that begins with the 1792 order issued by George Washington for Major General "Mad" Anthony Wayne to secure and construct a permanent fortification at the headwaters of the Maumee. Wayne arrived on September 17, 1794, and the fortification was dedicated as Fort Wayne that October. When the military garrison abandoned the fort in 1815, the town became an important frontier outpost by 1829 with only a population of 300 people. Bolstered by travelers on riverboats and later railroads, Fort Wayne was hit hard by the Great Depression, but bounced back in the post-World War II economic boom. In the 200-plus years of the city's history, it has become an icon of Midwest gumption, weathering many highs and lows, becoming a hub for both sports and cultural arts while a thriving city of over 250,000 people has emerged. Postcard History Series: Fort Wayne celebrates the growth and success of this city during the first half of 20th century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467110662
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Postcard History Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,126,126
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Randolph Harter, local history buff and collector of vintage Fort Wayne postcards, has written a time-traveling, visual history of the city. In addition to his personal collection of nearly 3,000 local vintage postcards, he has drawn on those contributed by other private collectors to express much of what has been locally lost to progress and time.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Activities Abound 9

2 Hoosier Hospitality 29

3 We are Here to Help 45

4 The Economic Pulse 63

5 Disastrous Days 93

6 A Stroll around Town 101

Bibliography 127

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