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Centlivre: At the Heart of Fort Wayne’s History

The Centlivre name in Fort Wayne dates to 1862 when French entrepreneur Charles Louis Centlivre established his first modest brewhouse on the banks of the St. Marys River. That brewhouse flourished and became the Centlivre Brewing Company, which for the next 111 years, shaped the history and social life of downtown Fort Wayne.

In the 1880s, the Centlivre family established a 28-acre park on the banks
of Spy Run Creek. It quickly became a popular spot for picnics, sports, music, rowing—and of course, enjoying Centlivre beer. It was so popular that the 
C. L. Centlivre Street Railway Co. was created solely to transport visitors
to and from the grounds.

Over the years, the park would play many roles—from picnic grounds,
to horse track, to circus grounds for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Today, Centlivre is once again reborn, as a place to gather and enjoy
Fort Wayne’s rich heritage and thriving culture.