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Sept. 27, 1947: It took nearly 11 hours to remove the Liberty statue from the top of the Allen County Courthouse and lower it to a truck waiting below. She was returned to her perch in November that year.

Miss Liberty comes down from her perch

Steeplejack. That was a new word for me as I gathered material for today's column.

March 26, 2020 1:00 am

 July 23, 1959: Workers continue efforts to raze a two-block stretch of buildings that formerly housed shops, freight and division offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. along Brackenridge Street in Fort Wayne. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 23, 1959: Deconstructing buildings on Brackenridge

In this photo from July 23, 1959, workers continue efforts to raze a two-block stretch of buildings that formerly housed shops, freight...

March 12, 2020 1:00 am

 Ralph Banasiak gets ready to board a plane at Baer Field on June 5, 1966. With him are his parents and Sr. Jane Therese, principal of St. John's Catholic School in New Haven. (Journal Gazette file photo)

June 5, 1966: JG spelling champ heads to national bee

Ralph Banasiak had quite the fan club in attendance when he left from Baer Field on June 5, 1966. The 13-year-old spelling bee champion...

March 5, 2020 1:00 am

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About 300 people showed up at the Sheraton Inn in Fort Wayne on Feb. 28, 1983, to watch the “M.A.S.H.” series finale. Extra suites had to be opened to accommodate the crowd.

Gathering to watch 'M.A.S.H.' finale in '83

When the long-running series “M.A.S.H.” came to an end Feb. 28, 1983, it was a must-watch for millions of people.

February 27, 2020 1:00 am

 Science Central opened on Nov. 5, 1995. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Nov. 5, 1995: Opening of Science Central

Science Central will mark its 25th anniversary later this year and is planning special activities every month until then.

February 25, 2020 1:00 am

1916: Leonard and Geller's Grocer

I've been wanting to share some items from earlier in our archives, but our photo negative collection only goes as far back as 1947.

February 20, 2020 10:10 am

June 22, 1948: Couple gets married in plane

On the eve of Valentine's Day, today's History Journal photo is of a couple who took their love to a new level – in more than one...

February 13, 2020 1:00 am

No Title Hello to 260 was the top story on The Journal Gazette's front page on July 12, 2001. (User: Windows NT/95/98 User)

July 11, 2001: Lottery decides area will switch to 260 area code

Happy 260 Day. Today businesses and communities will mark the 260 area code with specials and deals.

February 6, 2020 1:00 am

 Rescue workers search among the rubble at the administration office of Phelps Dodge Copper Products Corp. on Aug. 23, 1966.

Aug. 23, 1966: Phelps Dodge office explosion

Around noon Aug. 23, 1966, an explosion turned the administration office of Phelps Dodge Copper Products Corp. into rubble, killing five...

January 30, 2020 1:00 am

June 14, 1954: Pet crow stolen and other stories

Last month in History Journal, I shared some eye-catching headlines and mentioned a funny one that I remembered seeing but hadn't been...

January 28, 2020 1:10 pm

  • History Journal indexed by decade
  • Aug. 10, 1927: Charles Lindbergh flies over city
  • June 22, 1954: Capturing squirrel that bit boy
  • May 1, 1970: Selling liquor bottles for school trip
  • Nov. 26, 1947: Judo demonstration for deputies
  • Unusual headlines that really catch eye
  • December 1950: Mail workers finish Christmas rush
  • Oct. 26, 1965: Rescue Mission on Superior nears completion
  • July 1962: Washing windows on Lincoln Tower