Johnny Appleseed Park

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Coordinates: 41°6′42.5″N 85°7′23.39″W / 41.111806°N 85.1231639°W / 41.111806; -85.1231639

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
Status Open all year

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.[1][2]

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,[3] 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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