Johnny Appleseed Park

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Johnny Appleseed Park
Location Indiana 930 and Harry Baals Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Area 31.0 acres (12.5 ha)
Created 1973 (acquired)
Operated by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Open all year

Johnny Appleseed Memorial Park
Johnny Appleseed Park is located in Indiana
Johnny Appleseed Park
Location Swanson Blvd. at Parnell Ave. along Old Feeder Canal, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Coordinates 41°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
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1845 (1845)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 73000028[1]
Added to NRHP January 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][4]

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,[5] 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 Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Around Fort Wayne - Johnny Appleseed Park. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  3. ^ Find a Grave - John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman. Retrieved on 2008-05-01.
  4. ^ "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
  5. ^ Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation - Johnny Appleseed Park Campground Retrieved on 2008-05-01.

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