Along the Heritage Trail

Tom Castaldi

Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi, a retired Essex vice president, hosts "On the Heritage Trail," which is broadcast at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. Mondays on WBOI, 89.1 FM, and "Historia Nostra" heard on WLYV-1450 AM.

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Return of a legend?

Big cat sightings bring 'Water Panther' to mind

By Tom Castaldi

Has the 'Water Panther' returned to Allen County?

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Central Catholic champs

Team played on during Klan-influenced segregation

By Tom Castaldi

High school basketball championships have not always been uncomplicated. Historian Tom Castaldi explains, especially if you were Catholic.

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Where is that memorial?

Test your knowledge of the historical landscape

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi presents his annual history quiz. How knowledgeable are you, really?

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Tree tradition arrives

Via the canal

By Tom Castaldi

Who knows when the first Christmas tree came to the city, but Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale of one that came on the canal.

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Lincoln Highway

A pioneering path

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells how this precedent-setting roadway came through Fort Wayne: the Lincoln Highway.

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Forming Fort Wayne

This area once held 'preferred portage' status

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi traces how the paths quite literally carved into Northeast Indiana 10,000 years ago led to the region's development as a transportation hub.

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A branch of 'Raintree'

Lockridge has local connection

By Tom Castaldi

The Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society counts among its founders Ross Lockridge Sr., giving us a connection to the mythical, literary Raintree County.

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The canal constructor

Valerius Armitage helped build trade in area

By Tom Castaldi

Valerius Armitage and his hard work helped build the canal.

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Edison landed here

He worked as a telegrapher on Columbia Street

By Tom Castaldi

Thomas Edison's time in Fort Wayne.

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At home

Among the lakes

By Tom Castaldi

Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi reminds us how important the Great Lakes were (and are) in Fort Wayne's development.

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Strong signal

WOWO a radio pioneer

By Tom Castaldi

The booming voice of WOWO radio has been heard far and wide.

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Partners in business and war

Barnett, Hanna helped avert attack

By Tom Castaldi

Tom Castaldi makes sure we know the story of James Barnett.

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Breath of fresh air

Breathalyzer invented here

By Tom Castaldi

Fort Wayne is home to the Breathalyzer, Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale.

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The Fort's peacemaker

Her courage, eloquence helped save lives

By Tom Castaldi

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of Angeline Chapeteau Peltier Griswold.

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What do you know?

Time for another local history quiz

By Tom Castaldi

It's time for another challenging local history quiz from the files of Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi. Don't peek at the answers until you've really tried your best!