A Miami settlement had ruled Kekionga (now Fort Wayne) 30 years before Wayne's victory in Fallen Timbers and his arrival at the confluence of the rivers. Wayne built a fort here, although the French had already built Fort Miami here in 1722 and Fort Wayne was born in 1794. Amtrak service ended in 1990 when Broadway Limited was diverted from Fort Wayne's Pennsylvania station. Fort Wayne was originally built in 1838 near the border between Arkansas and Oklahoma to defend northwestern Arkansas and the Indian territory to the west. Fort Wayne includes two municipal airports, both managed by the Fort Wayne—Allen County Airport Authority.
In addition to his journalistic and advertising work, he dedicated himself to researching and writing about the history of the Fort Wayne area. Fort Wayne is also home to the Fort Wayne Derby Girls of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Division 2.Downtown Fort Wayne reached its peak in the 1940s, with hundreds of businesses, from small stores to department stores, thriving in the central business district centered on Calhoun Street. The construction of the Wabash Canal & Erie drives developmentThe construction of the Wabash Canal & Erie in the 1830s encouraged further development in Fort Wayne and earned the city the nickname Summit City, because it was the highest point above sea level along the entire canal route. The elevation of the former Nickel Plate Railroad tracks that crossed the city center in 1955 opened an avalanche of suburban expansion on the north side of Fort Wayne.
The electric streetcar dictates developmentDuring the 19th century, Fort Wayne had been a relatively compact city. The disruption of their agricultural operations, the intrusion on their properties through the construction of military highways, and conflicts with people involved in the whiskey trade caused growing resentment of Fort Wayne by the Cherokees. The Battle of Fort Wayne took place there on October 22, 1862, with Union forces under the command of General James G. The development of Fort Wayne in the early 20th century was influenced by the City Beautiful movement and focused on a park and boulevard plan conceived by urban planner Charles Mulford Robinson in 1909 and completed by landscape architect George Kessler in 1912. Governor Archibald Yell of Arkansas opposed the abandonment of Fort Wayne, arguing that if the fort were abandoned, the Cherokees would clash with the citizens of Benton and Washington Counties.
Fort Wayne remained an important strategic landmark for decades after its abandonment, but the changing U.S. border made facilities like Fort Wayne obsolete. Fort Wayne became known as the Altoona of the West because of its key position on the Great Pennsylvania Railroad, and is one of the main reasons for the city's dynamic position in the late 19th century as a manufacturing center. Immigrants of all kinds came to Fort Wayne to work in factories, and surrounding neighborhoods, such as Nebraska, South Wayne, West Central and East Central, developed at an accelerated pace.