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Old fort in Fort Wayne needs new roof

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  • Copy of Fort Wayne's original 1794 fort.

    Copy of Fort Wayne's original 1794 fort.

Associated Press

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A nonprofit group that operates a reproduction of Fort Wayne's early 19th century fort is seeking donations to help replace its worn-out roof.

Historic Fort Wayne has pledges of more than $36,000 for replacing the Old Fort's roof, but the project will cost up to $60,000.

The News-Sentinel reports the timber-framed building has been visited by thousands of tourists and school groups since it opened in 1976 during the nation's bicentennial. The fort is a reproduction of one built in Fort Wayne in 1816 by Major John Whistler.

Board President Norm Gable says the fort's roof is now well-worn after 37 years.

He says Historic Fort Wayne hopes to reroof all the main buildings inside the palisade walls this year.

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