Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
French built a palisaded fort on this strategic site in 1722; named Fort Saint Philippe des Miamis. One of three French forts built in what is now Indiana to protect French fur trade from encroaching English. First of five forts built over time within a square mile of the center of present-day Fort Wayne.
Nearby confluence of St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Rivers forms Maumee River, a strategic central part of the waterways system connecting Great Lakes regions with Mississippi River Valley. Using a portage between Maumee and Wabash rivers, travelers could journey nearly 2,500 miles by water from French Canada to Louisiana.
Erected 2000 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Indiana. (Marker Number 02.2000.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts or Castles • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list.
Location. 41° 4.858′ N, 85° 9.067′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Michaels Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Van Buren Street. This historical marker is located on the south side of the St. Mary's River, just before you cross the St. Mary's River on the Van Buren Street bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Wayne IN 46802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First French Fort / The First Playground in Fort Wayne (here, next to this marker); Old Aqueduct Club Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Carole Lombard (approx. ¼ mile away); John B. Franke (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Fort Wayne College (approx. half a mile away); The Canal House (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Johnny Appleseed" (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First Police Station (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Wayne.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for the Forts of Fort Wayne, Indiana. (Submitted on July 23, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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