Johnny Appleseed Park

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Johnny Appleseed Park
LocationIndiana 930, 1500 Harry Baals Drive Fort Wayne, Indiana
Area31.0 acres (12.5 ha)
Created1973 (acquired)
Operated byFort Wayne Parks and Recreation
StatusOpen all year
Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park
Johnny Appleseed Park is located in Indiana
Johnny Appleseed Park
Johnny Appleseed Park is located in the United States
Johnny Appleseed Park
LocationSwanson Blvd. at Parnell Ave. along Old Feeder Canal, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Coordinates41°6′42.5″N 85°07′23.39″W / 41.111806°N 85.1231639°W / 41.111806; -85.1231639Coordinates: 41°6′42.5″N 85°07′23.39″W / 41.111806°N 85.1231639°W / 41.111806; -85.1231639
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1845 (1845)
NRHP reference No.73000028[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 17, 1973

Johnny Appleseed Park, including what was formerly known as Archer Park, is a public park in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is named after the popular-culture nickname of John Chapman, better known as "Johnny Appleseed", a famous American pioneer, who was buried on the site. Chapman's gravesite is accessible to public view through steel gates. The weathered tombstone says, "Johnny Appleseed He lived for others. 1774–1845." It also has a carved apple in bas relief.[2][3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

The land of the park was donated to Allen County, Indiana, by William T. McKay to serve as a memorial park for the community. It became part of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department as the city grew and annexed the land. Johnny Appleseed Park serves as the home for Fort Wayne's annual Johnny Appleseed Festival.

The current park, as of 2008, includes a large campground nestled in rolling meadows and woods along the St. Joseph River,[4] Vietnam War Memorial, and at the extreme northwest corner of the park, includes the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Center.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Around Fort Wayne - Johnny Appleseed Park Archived 2008-06-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  3. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-07-01. Note: This includes John L. Blocher (May 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Johnny Appleseed Park" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-01. and Accompanying photographs
  4. ^ Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation - Johnny Appleseed Park Campground Archived 2008-03-09 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2008-05-01.

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