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Fort Wayne

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1845–1850, Montgomery C. Meigs. 6053 W. Jefferson Ave.

After border tensions developed between the United States and Canada in 1837, Congress appropriated funds to build Fort Wayne at a major bend in the Detroit River, 3.5 miles south of the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward avenues. The square stronghold is surrounded by a massive masonry wall with triangular corner redoubts and is reached through a tunnel. It contains a barracks, parade grounds, and a powder magazine. Outside the fort are the brick administrative buildings constructed after 1870. Fort Wayne served as a troop training center during the Civil War and as an induction center in every conflict from then through the Vietnam War. Today the City of Detroit operates a military museum here.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Fort Wayne", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-WN47.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 77-77.

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