The Journal Gazette
Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:00 am

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Old Fort

In June 1816, construction was completed on Fort Wayne – the actual fort, not the city, mind you.

Fast forward 160 years to the opening of the Old Fort replica along Spy Run Avenue on June 5, 1976. Re-enactors brought the spring of 1816 alive with talk of saving up whiskey rations and risking the walk to the outdoor privy when there are Indians lurking about waiting to take a shot.

Construction of the fort re-creation began in the summer of 1975. Work on the replica was not finished for its dedication, but several hundred people turned out for the June 1976 festivities, which included speeches and the presentation of 15-star, 15-stripe flags.

After it's dedication, the re-created fort was open to the public daily with re-enactors on site. In the years since, the Old Fort has changed hands, been damaged by fire and renovated. Re-enactors now converge on the fort for special events and the exterior is open to the public at all times.

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette

Throwback Thursday appears the last week of the month. To see more archive photos throughout the month, follow @JGFeatures on Twitter. To suggest a date or event to be featured, email

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