Fort Wayne, Indiana

city in and county seat of Allen County, Indiana, United States

Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. state of Indiana and the county seat of Allen County.[1] The population was 263,886[2] as of the 2020 Census, making it the 83rd largest city in the United States and the second largest in Indiana after Indianapolis. The city is in northeastern Indiana, about 18 miles (29 km) west of the Ohio border[3] and 50 miles (80 km) south of the Michigan border.[4]

The Fort Wayne, Indiana skyline from atop the Harrison Square Parking Deck

Under the direction of American Revolutionary War statesman Anthony Wayne, the United States Army built Fort Wayne. It was the last in a series of forts near the Miami tribe village of Kekionga in 1794.[5] Named in Wayne's honor, the settlement established itself as a trading post for European pioneers.[6]

Fort Wayne was known for hosting the first ever nighttime baseball game.[7] In 1982, there was a flood that forced 9,000 residents to leave their homes. It damaged 2,000 buildings and caused US$56.1 million in damage. Because of this, President Ronald Reagan visited the city.

The city has been an All-America City Award winner. It won in 1982, 1998, and 2009.[8] It received an Outstanding Achievement City Livability Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1999.[9]

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  1. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "QuickFacts: Fort Wayne city, Indiana". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  3. "Fort Wayne, IN to S State Line Rd & State Road 14, Woodburn, 46797 – Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  4. "Fort Wayne, IN to Windy Shore Dr, Coldwater, MI 49036 – Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  5. Brice, Wallace A. (1868) History of Fort Wayne, from the Earliest Known Accounts of this Point to the Present Period. D.W. Jones & Son.
  6. "Fort Wayne History". City of Fort Wayne. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  7. (January 19, 2008). Baseball History: 19th Century Baseball: The Field: Night Baseball in the 19th Century. 19 Retrieved on September 8, 2014.
  8. Lanka, Benjamin (2009-06-20). "City reaches summit: 3rd All-America title". The Journal Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  9. "The U.S. Conference of Mayors/Waste Management 1999 City Livability Awards Program". U.S. Conference of Mayors. 1999. Archived from the original on 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2014-04-08.

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