“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Barrera
1. Fort Wayne Marker
Inscription. No hostile shots have ever been fired from this star-shaped fort built in the 1840s to guard against a British invasion from Canada which never came. This third bastion to protect the river approach to the city was named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne who accepted the surrender of Detroit from the British in 1796. It was a mobilization center for Union troops during the Civil War. Regiments from Fort Wayne served in the Indian conflicts, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and World War I. An active post in the 1920s, it housed a Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. Fort Wayne was a wartime supply depot in World War II and an induction center during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Deactivated by the federal government in 1967, it now operates as a military museum under the auspices of the Detroit Historical Commission.
Erected 1977 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number S0182.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 17.986′ N, 83° 5.838′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Fort Wayne Drive near Livernois. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6825 West Jefferson, Detroit MI 48209, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
<i>Main Entrance to Fort Wayne, Detroit, Mich.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
2. Main Entrance to Fort Wayne, Detroit, Mich.
At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Capture of Detroit (approx. 1.2 miles away in Canada); Jesuit Mission to the Hurons (approx. 2.4 kilometers away in Canada); 1748 (approx. 2.4 kilometers away in Canada); Montreal Point in 1782 (approx. 2.8 kilometers away in Canada); Ste. Anne Church (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); Gabriel Richard (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); 19th U. S. Infantry (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines (approx. 3.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Also see . . .  Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. More information about the fort and its history. The Coalition is involved supporting maintenance and preservation of the Fort. (Submitted on December 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US CivilWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,794 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 9, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan.   2. submitted on December 8, 2015. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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