39 Facts About Fort Wayne


Fort Wayne is a city in and the county seat of Allen County, Indiana, United States.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,560

Fort Wayne is the cultural and economic center of northeastern Indiana.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,561

Fort Wayne was built in 1794 by the United States Army under the direction of American Revolutionary War general Anthony Wayne, the last in a series of forts built near the Miami village of Kekionga.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,562

Fort Wayne was an All-America City Award recipient in 1983,1998,2009, and 2021.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,563

Fort Wayne promised the remainder would remain Indian lands, which is why the territory west of Ohio was named Indiana.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,564

At the turn of the 20th century, the population of Fort Wayne nearly reached 50,000, attributed to a large influx of German and Irish immigrants.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,565

Fort Wayne's "urban working class" thrived in industrial and railroad-related jobs.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,566

Fort Wayne was hit by the Great Depression beginning in 1929, with most factories cutting their workforce.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,567

Fort Wayne is in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States, in northeastern Indiana, 18 miles west of Ohio and 50 miles south of Michigan.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,568

The Fort Wayne Moraine follows two of the city's three rivers: the St Marys and St Joseph.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,569

Historically, Fort Wayne has been divided into four unofficial quadrants: northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,570

Fort Wayne has one of the largest Burmese American population in the US, estimated at 8,000.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,571

Fort Wayne is sometimes referred to as the "City of Churches", an unofficial moniker dating to the late-19th century when the city was the regional hub of Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal faiths.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,572

Fort Wayne is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend, covering 14 counties in Northern Indiana, and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod Indiana District, encompassing all of Indiana and north central Kentucky.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,573

In 1960, Fort Wayne was at the center of the United States magnet wire industry, home to New Haven Wire and Cable Company, Phelps Dodge, Rea Magnet Wire, Superior Essex, and an operation at General Electric, producing nearly 90 percent of North America's magnet wire.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,574

Fort Wayne joined several other cities reeling economically within the Rust Belt.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,575

Fort Wayne maintains a large presence in the city, employing nearly 2,000.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,576

In 2012, Fort Wayne4Fitness debuted a spring cycle, Bike-the-Fort Wayne, which included three bicycling tours with over 1,000 participants.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,577

Intercollegiate sports in the city include the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, representing Purdue University Fort Wayne in the NCAA's Division I Horizon League, and NAIA schools Indiana Tech and University of Saint Francis.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,578

On June 2,1883, Fort Wayne hosted the Quincy Professionals for one of the first lighted evening baseball games ever recorded.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,579

Fort Wayne is credited as the birthplace of the NBA, as Pistons' coach Carl Bennett brokered the merger of the BAA and the NBL in 1948 from his Alexander Street home.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,580

In 2016, Fort Wayne was designated a Bronze Level bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,581

Fort Wayne's mayor is Tom Henry, a Democrat, who was elected in 2007.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,582

Federally, Fort Wayne is part of Indiana's 3rd congressional district, represented by Republican Jim Banks, who was first elected in 2016.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,583

Under the Unigov provision of Indiana Law, Fort Wayne would have automatically consolidated with Allen County when its population exceeded 250,000, previously the minimum population for a first class city in Indiana.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,584

Fort Wayne nearly met the state requirements for first class city designation on January 1,2006 when 12.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,585

City is currently served by the Allen County Jail in downtown Fort Wayne, controlled by the Allen County Sheriff's department.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,586

Private universities with regional branches in Fort Wayne include Crossroads Bible College, Grace College and Theological Seminary, Huntington University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Manchester University College of Pharmacy, and Trine University.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,587

Access Fort Wayne maintains Fort Wayne and Allen County's Public Access capabilities serving from the Allen County Public Library.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,588

Fort Wayne is served by two primary newspapers, the Journal Gazette and Pulitzer Prize-winning News-Sentinel.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,589

Fort Wayne includes two municipal airports, both managed by the Fort Wayne–Allen County Airport Authority.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,590

Fort Wayne International is home to the 122d Fighter Wing's Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,591

In 1947, Fort Wayne residents voted down the referendum that would have allowed for its construction, dubbed the 'Anthony Wayne Parkway.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,592

Fort Wayne is headquarters and main operations hub of Norfolk Southern's Triple Crown Services subsidiary, the largest truckload shipper in the US.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,593

Fort Wayne is served by two intercity bus providers: Greyhound Lines and Lakefront Lines.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,594

Fort Wayne is served by ten medical centers belonging to one of two regional healthcare providers in the city: Parkview Health System and Lutheran Health Network.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,595

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System's Fort Wayne Campus provides medical services through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,596

The City of Fort Wayne offers full curbside recycling and solid waste collection services for residents, presently contracted through Red River Waste Solutions.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,597

Fort Wayne has four sister cities as designated by Sister Cities International:.

FactSnippet No. 1,766,598