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Fort Wayne Information

Located in northeastern Indiana, Fort Wayne is the county seat of Allen County, and boasts a diversified economy that includes manufacturing, health care, and insurance. It is also a city steeped in history and culture, offering visitors a wide choice of attractions and famous landmarks. Fort Wayne has on several occasions been an All-America City award winner.

Founding And History
While president, George Washington ordered a series of forts be constructed in the lower Great Lakes region, and Fort Wayne was the last of these forts to be completed, named after United States Army general Anthony Wayne. It grew from an army outpost into a fledgling city after the completion of the Erie Canal, which connected New York state and other points east with the Wabash River. During the latter part of the 19th century, immigrant farmers and tradesmen from Poland, Germany and Ireland were responsible for much of the city's population growth.

Major City Attractions
The Allen County Courthouse is over 100 years old was built in an attractive Greco-Roman style. It is listed on the National Historic Register, and includes numerous wall murals and marble features. The Black Pine Animal Park is operated by a non-profit agency that provides a sanctuary for endangered species, and features an educational tour that describes the plight of exotic animals facing extinction. The magnificent Embassy Centre was built in 1928 and has been completely restored to its original condition. Its vaudeville atmosphere makes it unique as a venue for film viewing, orchestral concerts, and Broadway tour events. Visitors from all over the country flock to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, voted by many publications as the finest children's zoo in America.

Museums In Fort Wayne
Near the center of town, the Cathedral Museum features religious artifacts from as early as the 13th century, and is located next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which attracts visitors to its breathtaking Bavarian stained glass windows. Also near downtown is the African-American Historical Museum, which depicts African heritage and culture through a number of specialized exhibits. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art houses both permanent and traveling exhibitions of 19th and 20th century art, with over 1400 individual works currently on display. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, located in the suburb of Auburn, houses one of the finest vintage automobile collections to be found anywhere, with nearly 150 makes of classic and luxury cars available for viewing.

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