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From its beginnings, Fort Wayne has been a crossroads of commerce that attracted hard-working and visionary men and women. It became a major transportation center in the Midwest in the 19th century, setting the stage for a prolonged period of prosperity. The story of Indiana’s second-most populous city illustrates the region’s role in our nation’s history. It also reflects a diverse and progressive spirit, as well as a unique culture that is the foundation of the city’s present-day stature.

With fact-filled photo captions and chapter introductions by Scott M. Bushnell, Historic Photos of Fort Wayne rediscovers the fascinating past of the “City of Churches” through nearly 200 rare photographs. Culled from collections at the Allen County Public Library, the Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society, the Embassy Theatre Foundation, and the Library of Congress, the images are showcased with exceptional clarity and beauty.

From the Wabash & Erie Canal to the Johnny Appleseed marker, Fort Wayne shines through the decades in glorious black-and-white photography, displayed in a large format.

“I am a writer interested in recovering the past and sharing it with the present in ways that are relevant to the future,” explains Bushnell. “It’s my hope that people will acquire a better understanding of this city’s vibrant past, especially its downtown retail center, and draw upon this book to fashion a dynamic future.”

Historic Photos of Fort Wayne is part of Turner Publishing’s Historic Photos series. These books, highlighting the history of the great cities across America, have been acclaimed as a staple in the collection of anyone who loves history.

A wonderful gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day, Scott Bushnell’s Historic Photos of Fort Wayne is available at the Coldwater Road Barnes & Noble on June 7th from 1-3pm and the next week, the day before Father’s Day, at Hyde Brothers Booksellers on June 14th at 6pm.


Scott M. Bushnell is a former reporter and editor for newspapers in New York State and Connecticut and for the Associated Press. He later worked in corporate communications for two Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Dutchess Community College in his hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne, he served as copy editor of the narrative history History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1700–2005. Bushnell is the author of Hard News, Heartfelt Opinions: The History of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and co-author of Roanoke: The Renaissance of a Hoosier Village. He and his wife, Barbara, live in rural northeast Indiana.

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