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  • File The Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Lafayette provided music for the dedication and opening of the Old Fort on June 5, 1976.

  • File Oct. 25, 1997: Assistant director Frank Haney, left, and director Gary Foreman check the visual of a scene during the filming of a documentary series, "Frontier:Legends of the Old Northwest," for the History channel being filmed at the Old Fort.

  • File March 1, 2013: Roofers work on replacing the roof of the at the Old Fort.

  • File Looking out from inside a building under construction on Aug. 16, 1975.

  • File  Reenactors raise a 15-star, 15-stripe flag up the 71 foot pole on the parade grounds at the Old Fort on June 5, 1976. 

  • File Feb. 5, 1998: Mortar removed from between the logs in the hospital building at the Old Fort shows a view of downtown. 

  • File Construction work on the bridge connecting the Old Fort to what is now Headwaters Park, April 19, 1976.

  • File The Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Lafayette provided music for the dedication and opening of the Old Fort on June 5, 1976.

  • File Construction underway on the Old Fort, Feb. 13, 1976.

  • File Workers piece together walls of an Old Fort building July 31, 1975.

  • File Reenactors stand under a 15-star, 15-stripe flag up the 71-foot pole on the parade grounds at the Old Fort on June 5, 1976.

  • File The Old Fort is visited by a group of more than 500 students from area schools on May 16, 2008.

  • File Feb. 21, 2015: Cody Campbell, with the 13th Pennsylvania Regiment of Foote, carts firewood across the common area of the Old Fort.

  • File An overhead shot of the Old Fort as construction continues shortly before opening day in 1976.

  • File The Old Fort is seen in 1996.

  • File Construction work on the bridge connecting the Old Fort to what is now Headwaters Park, April 19, 1976.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Aug. 7, 2017: A worker with Preston Allen Homes, knocks out part of the center supporting beam that never settled like the rest of the block house at the Old Fort causing the floor to push up. The section was taken out to lower the floor.

  • File The interior of the Old Fort is seen during construction on May 17, 1976.

  • File The interior of the Old Fort is seen during construction on May 17, 1976.

  • File April 17, 1999: Actors recreate life as it would have been like at Fort Wayne in 1812. 

  • File Looking out from inside a building under construction on Aug. 16, 1975.

  • File July 18, 1998: Flame and smoke erupts from the cannon as a French artillery piece is fired in the French & Indian war encampment at the Old Fort.

  • File People walk by fire damaged at the Old Fort on July 12, 2004.

  • File The Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Lafayette provided music for the dedication and opening of the Old Fort on June 5, 1976.

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 cmcmaken@jg.net.