Take a step into history and dream about the future as the Baker Street Station celebrates 100 years
Downtown Fort Wayne landmark was nearly demolished
By Jaclyn Goldsborough
Inside the decaying Baker Street station during the summer of 1996, the station was like the film set for a post-apocalyptic movie. In pure darkness, plaster fell from the ceiling and walls as shattered lead glass scattered about the floor. Benches remained empty, and turnstiles no longer welcomed travelers. What was once a bustling center of commerce and travel had now been neglected, tattered and left for dead.
Recalling the history of the Baker Street station is painful in many ways because the railroad hub once made Fort Wayne the city it is today, and yet, the restored stoic structure at the corner of Baker and Harrison Streets has withstood the test of time and is celebrating 100 years this year thanks to a local businessman and a slew of unwavering volunteers and support.