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Fort Wayne, Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. is Indiana's second largest city. Only Indianapolis, about 130 miles southwest, has more people. Fort Wayne, the seat of Allen Co., covers about 58 square miles and lies at the Junction of the St. Joseph, St. Mary's and Maumee rivers.

Though situated, like most Indiana towns, in a farming region, Fort Wayne is a center for motor-vehicle assembly and other manufactured goods. In fact, the Fort Wayne area has about 450 manufacturing plants. Chief products include machinery, electronic parts and equipment, trucks, and transportation equipment. Major airlines and freight and passenger trains serve the city. Electronic and electrical goods, automotive products, and diamond tools are major manufactures. The city is also an important distributing center of wholesale goods.

Fort Wayne is the seat of Concordia Theological Seminary (1846), Saint Francis College (1890), Fort Wayne Bible College (1904), Indiana Institute of Technology (1930), Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (1964), and several junior colleges.

The city's strategic river-junction location was the site of the chief village of the Miami Indians and, from the late 17th century, of a French fort. Modern Fort Wayne grew from a fort (now reconstructed) that was established in 1794 by Major General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, (for whom the city was named), who defeated the Miami Indians, thus opening the area to settlement. Industry grew after the construction of the Wabash-Erie Canal in 1840 and the arrival of the railroad in 1854. Fort Wayne was incorporated as a city in 1840. Pop. (1990) 173,072.

Fort Wayne is a city of learning! A campus of Indiana University-Purdue University is located in Fort Wayne. Other institutions of higher education include the Indiana Institute of Technology, St. Francis College, and a campus of Taylor University.

Fort Wayne's biggest tourist attraction, the Three Rivers Festival, is held in July. The festival includes parades, historical displays, and other events.

Several parks are located along the Maumee. The grave of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) is here. Museums include the Lincoln Library and Museum of the Lincoln National Life Foundation, the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Diehm Museum of Natural History.

The ornate Embassy Theatre, a former movie palace, now hosts theatrical productions.

Historic Landmarks of Fort Wayne, Indiana - Elektron Building

Elekron Building, 1895
215 E. Berry

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