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Welcome to my home town, Sorta

Fort Wayne is not the city I live in, but it’s the closest big town and we go there often. The above picture is of the Greenway going thru and around the city. Its a total of about 50 miles now. In certain parts its called the river walk. Fort Wayne has 3 rivers and this path runs along all 3 of them. We go there and ride our bikes.

A brief History of Fort Wayne

The first census, performed in 1744 on the order by the governor of Louisiana, revealed a population of approximately forty Frenchmen and one thousand Miami. The current population of the metropolitan area is 500,000.

Fort Wayne was named for a fort, built in 1794 by Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne. (Confusingly enough, the US Army built another Fort Wayne years later, but the city at that location calls itself Detroit, Michigan.) The fort was built next to Chief Little Turtle's community of Kekionga, largest of all Miami tribe villages, where the St. Joseph River and St. Marys River join to form the Maumee River. Originally a portage, later a canal and rail center, located on the first coast-to-coast paved highway, Fort Wayne was "Gateway to the West". Located on the continental divide between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico watersheds, Fort Wayne is the "Summit City".

Colleges

Fort Wayne is the home of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), with an enrollment of 11,755 is the 5th-largest public university campus in Indiana. The city also hold the main campus of the Northeast Region of Ivy Tech State College, the second-largest public community college campus in the state. Indiana University (IU) maintains the third public higher educational facility in the city with the Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education, a branch of the IU School of Medicine.

Fort Wayne's private colleges and universities include religious-affiliates and secular institutions include the University of Saint Francis (Catholic), Concordia Theological Seminary (Lutheran) and Taylor University Fort Wayne Campus (Evangelical Christian). Non-religious colleges and universities include the Indiana Institute of Technology (IIT) as well as regional branches of both Indiana Business College and International Business College.

Sports in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne has 5 professional sports teams;
Fort Wayne Fever–soccer
Flyers-Football
Freedom-Indoor football
Komets-Hockey
Wizards-Baseball

Sports trivia

The first major league baseball game was played on May 4, 1871, between the Fort Wayne Kekiongas and the Cleveland Forest Citys. It was rained out in the top of the 9th inning, with the Kekiongas ahead 2-0. The Kekiongas franchise in the National Association of Professional Baseball Players was sold midway through the first season, and they moved to Brooklyn, where they eventually became the Trolley Dodgers and eventually today's Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team.

In women's sports, Fort Wayne was the home of the Daisies, the first women's professional baseball team.

The Fort wayne Pistons were sold in 1957, moved and became the Detroit Pistons.

Miscellaneous Trivia

Nationally, Fort Wayne is the home of the Macedonian Tribune, the oldest and largest Macedonian language publication produced outside of the Balkans.

As of 2005, the city had 87 parks.

Johnny Appleseed was a real person and is buried in Fort Wayne!!! There is a city park named after him. I hope to take a photo of his grave site and post it here.

A few famous people from Ft Wayne
Bill Blass- fashion designer
Carole Lombard- actress,
Shelley Long- actress

Sister Cities

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Takaoka, Japan since 1977

Johnny Appleseed

September 26th marks the birthday of American folk hero Johnny Appleseed.

His real name was John Chapman and he was born on Sept. 26, 1774 in Massachusetts.

In the late 1780's, he set out alone in a canoe to plant orchards of apple trees along the frontier. Everywhere he went, he gave settlers and pioneers apple seeds and saplings to take home to plant in their own orchards. He traveled all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, refusing to sleep indoors, planting thousands of apple trees throughout the Midwest.

Johnny Appleseed is described as honest, deeply religious, and with a sense of humor. He quickly became a popular folk hero in the region, and is said to have worn a tin pot as a hat, a coffee sack as a shirt, and no shoes. He died March 18, 1845 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is buried there at Archer Cemetery. His grave has been designated a national historic landmark.

There is a Johnny Appleseed Festival (Johnny Appleseed Park) held the third full weekend of September.

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  • VZ-Pam's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    I am sure you cannot handle the truth !!! I will do a Baidu search or Sogou search or Goo search for you ...you get more alternate info from the East

  • Dymphna1's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    That is sooooo cool about Johnny Appleseed. He is actually my great-great-great-great-great grand uncle LOL

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    Thanks, I never knew of the Lincoln Museum!

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Anything. Not anyone. ;-) J

  • Tourtech's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2008 at 6:05 AM

    Cool Ft. Wayne tips. We just dropped by to check em out. Safe travels from traveling Canadians!

  • Bilimari's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    It's a long story... but in short, my husband was transferred to the base outside Memphis, and that's why we lived in Memphis for almost 4 years. Our son was born there. :) -Motoko-

  • dancinbudgie's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Hi Glen! I like the pic of the greenway. Tracey

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2008 at 7:30 AM

    I'll trade you my stomach for your feet.

  • ezaguryk's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    I know what you mean, i also was in cincinati for work, after shopping ja ja ja ja ja

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Howdy right back at ya! And warmest regards from this neck of the woods.

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