Fun Facts About Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne hosted the first professional baseball game ever played on May 4, 1871. The Cleveland Forest Citys squared off against Fort Wayne’s own Kekiongas. The game was rained out at the top of the 9th inning, but at that point, the home team was up 2-0.
In the mid-1950s, Colonel Sanders (founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken) came to Fort Wayne looking for restaurants that would be willing to take on KFC franchises. Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, worked with him here to introduce the chain’s signature chicken bucket to keep the meat crispy.
Basketball is in the blood of Fort Wayne, as it’s the birthplace of the NBA. According to the story, Carl Bennet mediated the merger of the existing basketball leagues, the BAA and the NBL, to create the NBA right in the comfort of his own Fort Wayne home.
About Fort Wayne’s own Anthony Wayne, Western acting legend John Wayne was initially given the stage name of “Anthony Wayne” after the general, but Fox Studios changed it to “John.”
Lakeside Rose Garden is recognized as one of the most extensive rose gardens in the country with more than 2,000 roses on display.
Iconic horror writer Stephen King spent much of his childhood in Fort Wayne.
Even Detroit Pistons superfans may not know that the team began its life in Fort Wayne as the Zollner Pistons in the 1940s and 1950s before moving to Michigan.
Area Codes: 260
Zip Codes: 46774, 46801, 46802, 46803, 46804, 46805, 46806, 46807, 46808, 46809, 46814, 46815, 46816, 46818, 46819, 46825, 46835, 46845, 46850, 46851, 46852, 46853, 46854, 46855, 46856, 46857, 46858, 46859, 46860, 46861, 46862, 46863, 46864, 46865, 46866, 46867, 46868, 46869, 46885, 46895, 46897, 46898, 46899
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