National Register Listings in
Allen County, Indiana

Abercrombie, John H. and Mary, House Allen County Courthouse Bass, John H., Mansion Blackstone Building Blume, Martin, Jr., Farm Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District Brown, John, Stone Warehouse Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Colman-Doctor Farm Craigville Depot de Richardville, Chief Jean-Baptiste, House Driving Park-Seven States Historic District Dutch Ridge Historic District Edsall, William S., House Embassy Theater and Indiana Hotel Engine House No. 3 Fairfield Manor Feustel, Robert M., House Forest Park Boulevard Historic District Fort Wayne City Hall Fort Wayne Park and Boulevard System Historic District Fort Wayne Printing Company Building Foster Park Neighborhood Historic District Hagerman, William C. and Clara, House Illsley Place-West Rudisill Historic District Indian Village Historic District Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park Journal-Gazette Building Kensington Boulevard Historic District Keplinger, Harry A., House Kresge-Groth Building Lafayette Place Historic District Lakeside Historic District Landing, The, Historic District Lindenwood Cemetery Masonic Temple McColloch-Weatherhogg Double House McCulloch, Hugh, House Mohr, Louis, Block New York Chicago and St. Louis Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 765 Ninde-Mead-Farnsworth House North Anthony Boulevard Historic District Oakdale Historic District Pennslyvania Railroad Station Peters, John Claus, House Randall Building Rankin, Alexander Taylor, House Robinson, Horney, House Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Schmitz Block Smith Field South Wayne Historic District Southwood Park Historic District St. Louis, Besancon, Historic District St. Peter's Square St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church and Rectory St. Vincent Villa Historic District Strunz, Christian G., House Swinney, Thomas W., House Trinity Episcopal Church US Post Office and Courthouse Vermilyea Inn Historic District Wabash Railroad Depot Wells Street Bridge West End Historic District West, Fisher, Farm Wildwood Park Historic District Williams-Woodland Park Historic District
The first European settlement in Indiana was established by the French in 1732 at Vincennes, in the southwestern part of the state.

Allen County, located in northeastern Indiana, has a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Miami, Potawatomi, and Shawnee. In the late 18th century, European settlers began to arrive, and Fort Wayne was established in 1794 as a trading post by General Anthony Wayne. The presence of the fort played a crucial role in the development and growth of the region.

During the early 19th century, Allen County experienced significant growth as a result of its strategic location along the Wabash and Erie Canal, which connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. This led to an influx of settlers, new industries, and increased trade. Agriculture, manufacturing, and lumbering became important economic activities, and Fort Wayne emerged as a thriving industrial center.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed continued growth and progress in Allen County. The arrival of the railroad in the 1850s further facilitated trade and transportation. Industrial expansion continued, with the city becoming known for its manufacturing of automobiles, textile products, and electrical equipment. Simultaneously, cultural institutions such as schools, libraries, and parks were established, enhancing the quality of life in the county.

In more recent times, Allen County has evolved into a diverse and dynamic community. The county has seen significant urban development, the creation of new job opportunities, and improvements in infrastructure. The presence of educational institutions, including Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, has helped foster a knowledge-based economy. Today, Allen County is known for its vibrant arts scene, annual festivals, and a strong sense of community heritage.

  • February 11, 1824 - Allen County is created by the Indiana General Assembly.
  • 1831 - Fort Wayne, the county seat, is incorporated as a town.
  • 1855 - The first railroad line, the Pittsburgh Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway, is completed in Allen County.
  • 1874 - Telephone service is introduced in Fort Wayne.
  • 1884 - The first electric streetcar line is established in Fort Wayne.
  • 1963 - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum opens in Fort Wayne.
  • 1990 - The population of Allen County surpasses 300,000.
  • 2006 - Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball team, opens in downtown Fort Wayne.