Along the Heritage Trail

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.

Richardville remembered

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.

Factoring in Indian affairs

August 24, 2016

Indian factory. Indian agency. Not a part of Fort Wayne today, but critically important from 1798 to 1828, Historian Tom Castaldi explains.

The well-traveled cannon

July 19, 2016

It’s a well-traveled cannon, but historian Tom Castaldi warns us that there’s still a lot we do not know about this antique weapon.

Laying out the town

June 20, 2016

The first plat of Fort Wayne and how downtown finally got straightened out is an interesting tale, and historian Tom Castaldi has the details.

Allen County in 1816?

May 27, 2016

Before there was an Allen County, where was our county seat? Historian Tom Castaldi says it was in more than one place.

Internal improvements

May 3, 2016

Without the Wabash-Erie Canal, Fort Wayne wouldn’t have boomed. Columnist Tom Castaldi tells the tale.

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