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History

The Oakdale Historic District is one of numerous mature neighborhoods located on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Some of its eldest residences and structures, plus many in surrounding neighborhoods, are nearly a century old and have provided significant and interesting contributions to the history of the city.

Articles posted on this page feature homes, buildings and businesses, some which no longer remain, that have effected the Oakdale area’s shopping, recreation and overall quality of life. Take a glimpse back in time and explore what residents experienced living in the Oakdale of the past.

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The Packard Piano Company

The Fort Wayne Organ Company was located in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Fairfield Avenue and Organ Avenue. Isaac T. and Edmund Packard moved to Fort Wayne after losing their business in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Isaac Packard boarded a train that headed east; his only instruction to the conductor was to let him off when his money ran out. Read more…

Lutheran Hospital

The origins of the Lutheran Hospital began in 1878 when members from several Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches organized to purchase property on the south side of Fort Wayne in order to some day build a hospital. Read more…

South Wayne

Fort Wayne was considerably enlarged on August 14, 1894, when the City Council declared the annexation of South Wayne. This was a territory which extended south of Creighton Ave. between Hoagland Ave. and the St. Mary’s River. The wooded area had long been a favorite ground for the Miami Indians who remained in the precincts during early town days. Read more…