Allen County, Indiana

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Allen County is the largest county (by area) in the state of Indiana, United States. As of 2008, the estimated population was 350,523. The county seat and largest city is Fort Wayne[1]. Allen County is within a 250-mile (400 km) radius of 17 percent of the total United States population and within a day's drive of half of the nation's population,[2] along with sitting nearly equidistant from Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, and Indianapolis.[3] Allen County's economy is based on manufacturing, education, health care, and agriculture.[4]

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History

Allen County was created on December 17, 1823, out of Delaware and Randolph counties and formed April 1, 1824. The county is named for Colonel John Allen, an attorney and Kentucky state senator who was killed in the War of 1812. Fort Wayne, founded at the Maumee River, St. Joseph River, and St. Marys River, was chosen as the county seat in May 1824.

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