Excitement, entertainment, and education have a home on our rivers, rails, and trails. Welcome to Headwaters Junction.
Steam, Meet Swagger
Meet Fort Wayne at its finest: fast, productive, connected; a place of swagger and industry, character and experience, all incarnate in a famous train. Discover the rocket-ship-on-wheels that reshaped Fort Wayne.
Endorsed by Legacy Fort Wayne as “big, bold, and transformational” and a “catalyst for the riverfront” by SWA Group, Headwaters Junction has been supported citywide and covered in the press as a plan that “represents the potential of downtown.”
365 Days of Authenticity
A year-round destination for recreation, entertainment, and education, Headwaters Junction is an attraction inspired by the city’s identity and authentic to the core. With annual programming and events the riverfront will come alive with the magic of Fort Wayne’s famous trains.
Not Just Blowing Smoke
Preliminary studies estimate that Headwaters Junction would draw an additional 100,000 visitors or more downtown each year. According to numbers from Visit Fort Wayne, that means an additional $9 million dollars added to the local economy.
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Following in the footsteps of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Transportation restored and operated their own historic steam locomotive for the first time in many…
The effort to create a combined railroad and riverfront attraction gained traction this summer with the donation of $15,000 from Steel Dynamics and $26,000 from the Fort Wayne Community Foundation….
Fort Wayne Business People covers the I-think-I-can momentum behind Fort Wayne riverfront development and its Phase 1 attraction: Headwaters Junction. Based on suggestions by the SWA Group, the City of…
The News Sentinel reports on the first tourist excursions out of Fort Wayne this year: Standing next to a steam locomotive overwhelms the senses. The ground rumbles. The train whistle…
"Big, bold, and transformational. Headwaters Junction should not be overlooked when developing a vision for our riverfront."− Legacy Fort Wayne
"It would make an incredible venue."− Wells Corridor Business Association
"An elegant and obvious addition to Headwaters Park."− Eric Kuhne
"Headwaters Junction speaks to the potential of downtown."− Downtown Improvement District
"The potential it has for the City of Fort Wayne is enormous."− TRAINS Magazine