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

Johnny Appleseed

1774-1845

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
1. Johnny Appleseed Marker
Inscription. Johnny Appleseed legendary planter of orchards across Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, was a real person named John Chapman. He was a friend to all God's creatures and a missionary for the Swedenborgian religion, a Christian denomination.

He was also a smart businessman. Moving ahead of the waves of westward bound settles, he purchased property, carefully sowed apple seeds, and had seedlings available when the settlers arrived. His seedlings were valuable because apples were highly nutritious and orchards were a symbol of permanency. He sold trees for 3 cents if you planted them and 6.5 cents if he planted them for you. Johnny was also very generous, often saying pay me when you can."

The amber water flask Johnny gave to a little girl on her birthday gives us a clue to his success and fame. Material things meant little to Johnny except when they could make a child smile, give a pioneer family the means to improve their diet or increase their cash income from apples or apple jack. Cider and apple jack were pioneer currency.

Documents like this receipt indicate that Johnny lived and worked here from the 1830s until his death in 1845.

Johnny lived a life of service in harmony with nature that impressed Native Americans, as well as his fellow Americans. He was a proud patriot. His thoughts were of God
Johnny Appleseed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
2. Johnny Appleseed Marker
View of the historical marker on the side of the hill, with the bushes surrounding Johnny Appleseed's grave seen at the top of the hill.
and the afterlife and his greeting was often, "I have good news from heaven!" He must have been a good salesman. People loved him.
 
Location. 41° 6.718′ N, 85° 7.373′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker can be reached from Parnell Avenue 0.1 miles east of Spy Run Avenue Extension, on the left. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the side of a hill in the center of Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park, just below Johnny Appleseed's grave which is on the top of the hill. Directly to the north of this park is the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum facility. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Wayne IN 46805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Philo T. Farnsworth (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of Last French Fort (approx. 1.4 miles away); Meshekinnoquah (approx. 1 miles away); Chief Little Turtle (approx. 1 miles away); William Wells (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Wayne ~ Fort Dearborn Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Duck Creek: Early Industry and Business Development (approx. 1.9 miles away); Jail Flats (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Wayne.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Chapman. This link is published
Johnny Appleseed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
3. Johnny Appleseed Marker
Closer view of the historical marker, with a view of the nearby hill top and the bushes surrounding Johnny Appleseed's grave.
and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on August 12, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Johnny Appleseed. (Submitted on August 12, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
 
Categories. AgricultureNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Johnny Appleseed Grave image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
4. Johnny Appleseed Grave
View of the nearby gravesite of Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
5. Johnny Appleseed Gravestone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,273 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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