Along the Heritage Trail

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.

Who’s sure about ‘Hoosier’?

February 22, 2016

Who knows why people living in Indiana are called “Hoosiers”? Columnist Tom Castaldi takes a look at the legends behind our mysterious nickname.

A look back to 1816

February 9, 2016

Sharpen your pencil and your wits for our annual history quiz.

A piece of Indiana in Chicago

December 28, 2015

Before he became the reputed father of Chicago, John Kinzie made sweet music here in Fort Wayne.

Saving a Son of Liberty

November 27, 2015

One of the Civil War’s leading Copperheads was active in Fort Wayne and the trigger of a Supreme Court decision that saved his life.

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