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Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Maumee - Wabash Portage

“Glorious Gate”

 
 
Maumee - Wabash Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
1. Maumee - Wabash Portage Marker
Inscription. Only land barrier on shortest trade route between Quebec and New Orleans. Eastern landing of eight- mile carry from St. Mary's to Little River. Used by Indians, French, British and American traders.
 
Erected by Allen County - Fort Wayne Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 4.462′ N, 85° 10.795′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is on Lindenwood Avenue 0 miles north of West Jefferson Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Wayne IN 46802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lindenwood Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Wabash and Erie Canal Groundbreaking (approx. 0.8 miles away); Camp Allen 1861-64 (approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Site of the Fort Wayne College (approx. 1.2 miles away); "Johnny Appleseed" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old Aqueduct Club Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fort Miamis (approx. 1.6 miles away); The First French Fort / The First Playground in Fort Wayne (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Wayne.
 
More about this marker. Years ago
Maumee - Wabash Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
2. Maumee - Wabash Portage Marker
View of historical marker looking south towards the intersection of Lindenwood Avenue and West Jefferson Boulevard.
I attempted to locate some kind of marker that would be devoted to commemorating and locating the original site of the "Glorious Gate," a.k.a. the Wabash - Maumee Portage. I couldn't find one back then, and I had difficulty finding this one now. What made this marker difficult to locate was that I truly expected to find the marker for this particular historical site much closer to the spot where the actual portage made contact with the St. Mary's River. As it is, this historical marker is 0.9 miles (as the crow flies) west of the St. Mary's River, but it is situated along the pathway of the portage. If you cross the St. Mary's River on the West Jefferson Boleuvard, continue to travel west on this Boleuvard for about one mile and right after you go under the railroad viaduct, look to your right at the first intersection beyond the viaduct and you should see this historical marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Kekionga. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Maumee-Wabash Portage: The Glorious Gate. An article about the Glorious Gate published through the Little River Wetlands Project. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,067 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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