In 1790, after the United States achieved independence, President George Washington ordered the United States Army to secure Indiana Territory. The population topped 2,000 when the town was incorporated as the City of Fort Wayne on February 22, 1840. As influential as the canal was to the city's earliest development, it quickly became obsolete after briefly competing with the city's first railroad, the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway, completed in 1854.Three battles were fought at Kekionga against Little Turtle and the Miami Confederacy. At the turn of the 20th century, the city's population reached nearly 50,000, attributed to a large influx of German and Irish immigrants.and the second largest in Indiana, after Indianapolis.It is the principal city of the Fort Wayne metropolitan area, consisting of Allen, Wells, and Whitley counties, a combined population of 419,453 as of 2011.
The opening of enclosed shopping malls and the construction of Interstate 69 through rural areas north and west of the city proper further drove the exodus of retail from downtown through the 1960s.
After a successful "match" and quick exchange of e-mails, I asked Theresa to a local concert.
Clockwise from top: Downtown Fort Wayne skyline, Chief Jean-Baptiste de Richardville House, John Chapman's grave in Johnny Appleseed Park, Dr. Memorial Bridge, Embassy Theatre, and Historic Fort Wayne.
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