Along the Heritage Trail
Think traveling is tough?
July 15, 2017
“All the northern portion of Indiana was wilderness from Parke Co., Indiana on the waters of Raccoon Creek to Fort Wayne 150 miles distant. We were five days in this wilderness country — camping out of nights.”
Putting a spin on history
May 19, 2017
A spin through washing machine history.
McCulloch Park’s past
April 14, 2017
McCulloch Park has a past; it used to be Broadway Cemetery.
Floods punctuate Fort Wayne’s history
March 15, 2017
Our rivers have been a source for flooding dating back all the way to 1790. But we still appreciate them.
Capt. Mary Ann
February 17, 2017
The Wabash & Erie Canal was a rough-and-tumble place, but Capt. Mary Ann Martin was master of two boats until the very end. Historian Tom Castaldi tells her story.
What do you know?
January 18, 2017
It’s time to see how you measure up. Historian Tom Castaldi presents the Heritage Trail 2017 Quiz.
How 1816 looked
December 16, 2016
Historian Tom Castaldi an earlier look back at Fort Wayne’s past, thanks to research done by head librarian Rex Potterf in 1928.
November 18, 2016
The remarkable heritage of Miami civil chief Pinsiwa, Jean Baptiste de Richardville, lives on at his home here and with his descendants. Historian Tom Castaldi explains why this man is still so important today.
Where we drew the line
October 20, 2016
Historian Tom Castaldi digs into whether the distinguished career of Col. John Tipton included a mistake or a brilliant move when he drew the line that put Chicago in Illinois instead of Indiana.
Locating a state capital
September 15, 2016
You have to ask why the first state capitol was way down south in Corydon. Historian Tom Castaldi knows why.