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Waynedale History

FIREHOUSE NO 5 RESTORED

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The old Firehouse # 5 is looking like new. The oak doors have been striped and re-varnished and the 114 year-old bricks look like they were just laid yesterday.

An open house for the newly restored building was 4 PM to 6 PM, Tuesday, September 11, 2007.

The party drew many neighbors, as well as local dignitaries.

The restored firehouse, at 1405 Broadway, will be occupied by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 124. Downstairs there will be a meeting room and the...

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THE INTERURBAN-ITS BOOM AND BUST PART VII

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At the turn of the 20th century all segments of Indiana's economy rapidly expanded because of the interurban! The copper, steel and heavy metal industries especially benefited from the construction and maintenance of interurban lines. Thousands of miles of copper wires were strung. Steel rails, trucks, frames and, after the price of wood increased, manufacturers started making the complete interurban car out of steel.

In my estimation, however, the greatest spin-off of the interurban industry...

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THE INTERURBAN - ITS BOOM AND BUST PART VII

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The last Interurban run out of Fort Wayne took place on January 18, 1941. This magnificent, unique, transportation system, for more than four decades, had accommodated countless millions of men, women and children from all walks of life and with equal dignity; passed unobtrusively into the Valhalla of electric railroads. The Interurban connected Indiana's rural areas and small towns to big cities and stimulated unprecedented economic growth in Indiana.

Abe Martin once said, "Indiana's...

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