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Fort Wayne, Indiana is located in northern Indiana near the Ohio state border. It is 74th largest city in America at just over 250,000 people.
The city gets its name from General Anthony Wayne during the Revolutionary War and it was considered a European trading post during that time. It has good river access through the St. Joseph River, Maumee River, and St. Marys River.
The main businesses in Fort Wayne today are in education, manufacturing, healthcare and insurance. The largest employers are General Motors, Lutheran Health Network, ITT, Parkview Health System, BF Goodrich, Navistar, and Raytheon.
Fort Wayne welcomes festivals of all types throughout the year and celebrates during the summer with Germanfest, Greek Fest, IPFW Riverfest, the Johnny Appleseed Festival, and the Three Rivers Festival.
The largest colleges and post high school institutions include Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Institute of Technology, and ITT Technical Institute.
Fort Wayne International Airport ranks third in the state behind only Indianapolis International and South Bend Regional Airport.
Museums in Fort Wayne include the African/African-American Historical Museum, Fort Wayne Aviation Museum, and the Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum.
Notable people from Fort Wayne, Indiana include:
- Bill Blass, fashion designer
- Shelley Long, actress
- Dick York, actor on Bewitched
- Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the television
- James McBride, artist
- Emil Sitko, former NFL player
- Rod Woodson, former NFL player
- Stephen King, author and previous resident
- Nancy Snyderman, NBC News chief medical editor
- Chris Schenkel, sportscaster
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