Fort Wayne Street was higher ground

Last year I read an interesting article about the names of the streets in Warsaw. It was written by Dan Coplen for the Thaddeus, a publication of the Kosciusko County Historical Society. One of the streets Coplen wrote about was Fort Wayne Street, an east-west street in Warsaw. It intersects, among other roads, Detroit Street (State Road 15). It was noted in the article in Warsaw’s pioneer days there were dense swamps on both sides of a ridge. Fort Wayne Street ran along the ridge, meaning it was the higher ground and a way for travelers to head east and avoid the swampy areas. In the pioneer days, swampy and marshy land was quite common and, needless to say, posed difficulties for road building. I became curious and decided to take a look for myself, so one day I drove down Fort Wayne Street. As you will see in the photo, when I pulled off on one of the side roads and turned back toward Fort Wayne Street, I could see it is still on a ridge today. Of course I would assume the ridge was much more pronounced at one time but the area has since likely been filled in as other roads were built. A slice of local history remains with Fort Wayne Street though.

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Fort Wayne Street (note the one way sign to the upper right of the photo) was on higher ground in Warsaw’s earlier days.

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About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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