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Fort Wayne

About Fort Wayne

254,555 in city
610,015 in metro
287 km² (111 mi²)
233.784442819 m
The second largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne was founded in 1794 around a military outpost of the same name. The city grew rapidly in the 1840s after the completion of the Wabash & Erie Canal, which provided the most direct transportation link from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River. Headwaters Park, just north of downtown, marks the meeting of the Saint Joseph and Saint Mary's Rivers – which forms the Maumee River and flows northeast toward Lake Erie. The city has a diversified industrial base and serves as the major trade center for northeastern Indiana and neighboring parts of Ohio.