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February 11, 2016

While many people consider Indiana Avenue the epicenter of early black culture in Indianapolis, few may realize how far from “The Avenue” it stretched. Bordering the Cultural Trail at Walnut Street and Senate Avenue is a mysterious old brick building, yet […]

Bungalow on three lots has attractive river rock wall  (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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February 9, 2016

Reader’s Question:  I have lived on the south side of Indianapolis my entire life, so I am not well-acquainted with other parts of the city.  I had to go to the north side recently and was driving through an area just off N. Meridian […]

View of the Pleasant Run Parkway railroad bridge and vehicle underpass, from the southwest side of the stone structure     (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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January 26, 2016

Reader’s Question:  There is a beautiful stone bridge over Pleasant Run Parkway near Colorado Avenue.  Would you have any idea when it was built?  Local historians have researched to no avail, but they believe it was early to mid-1800’s. Would […]

Street  view of the home 1215 Kessler Boulevard East Drive taken from the northwest and looking towards the southeast  (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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January 12, 2016

Reader’s question: There is a large white frame house on Kessler Boulevard, a couple of blocks east of the Monon Trail, that I have admired for years.  It appears to be much older than the homes around it, as well as […]

A view of the 1910 aviation meet. This had to be a dramatic scene to a crowd witnessing flight for the first time (Courtesy Library of Congress)
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December 18, 2015

Indy has been abuzz about aviation in the news this past week. First, the ultimately aborted downtown ‘buzz-by’ from a Boeing 747, which featured locally produced Rolls-Royce engines. Second, and perhaps the bigger news, was the announcement of a new […]

Indianapolis News, July 18, 1911
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December 14, 2015

Oh, tired Christmas shoppers!  Burned out on commercial Christmases?  So were people back in 1911, when a league that sought to call a halt to unfettered Christmas gift-giving established its national headquarters in Indianapolis. If the date of an Indianapolis News article is […]

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  • Bungalow on three lots has attractive river rock wall  (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
  • View of the Pleasant Run Parkway railroad bridge and vehicle underpass, from the southwest side of the stone structure     (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
  • Street  view of the home 1215 Kessler Boulevard East Drive taken from the northwest and looking towards the southeast  (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
  • A view of the 1910 aviation meet. This had to be a dramatic scene to a crowd witnessing flight for the first time (Courtesy Library of Congress)
  • Indianapolis News, July 18, 1911

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Then & Now: “Colored” Knights of Pythias, Senate & Walnut

February 11, 2016, 1 Comment

While many people consider Indiana Avenue the epicenter of early black culture in Indianapolis, few may realize how far from “The Avenue” ...

Dated November 11th, 1880

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February 10, 2016, 5 Comments

Postmark: Nov 11 — 1880 Message: Grandma remains about the same – no improvement.  Your uncle Theo is not so well this am.  He looks ve ...

Bungalow on three lots has attractive river rock wall  (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)

HI Mailbag: Warfleigh

February 9, 2016, 7 Comments

Reader’s Question:  I have lived on the south side of Indianapolis my entire life, so I am not well-acquainted with other parts of the city. ...

These days it's hard not to notice prime storefronts going unused in Broad Ripple Village. Hopefully the future brings a more diverse grouping of commerce to the area.

At Your Leisure: On the Strip

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February 5, 2016, 2 Comments

The creatures of the night can be a fickle audience, always seeking the newest, hottest scene. These days, the go-to spots for enjoying an evening ou ...

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Penny Post: Many Thanks

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February 3, 2016, 2 Comments

Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IN         JAN 3, 1907         11-AM Message: Jan. 2, 07 Many thanks for the beautiful Xmas card. Winifred V. Holden o ...

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At Your Leisure: A Dried Up Oasis

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January 29, 2016, 4 Comments

Indianapolis has world-class transportation infrastructure. Major cities and rural outposts are connected to the capitol city via a network of clean e ...

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Penny Post: Wouldn’t You Like to Drive Here!

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January 28, 2016, 1 Comment

Postmark: BROAD RIPPLE, IND.     OCT 6, 1909 Message: Wouldn’t you like to drive here!  Doesn’t it look like Spring Creek? M.E.S.   ...

View of the Pleasant Run Parkway railroad bridge and vehicle underpass, from the southwest side of the stone structure     (2016 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)

HI Mailbag: Stone Bridge Over Pleasant Run

January 26, 2016, 18 Comments

Reader’s Question:  There is a beautiful stone bridge over Pleasant Run Parkway near Colorado Avenue.  Would you have any idea when it was bui ...

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At Your Leisure: Snack Time

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January 22, 2016, 5 Comments

An unfortunate fact about downtown Indianapolis streetscapes is the “missing teeth” in what was once a picture-perfect urban smile. Suburbanizati ...

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Penny Post: Arrived Here Safe & Sound

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January 21, 2016, No comments

Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND      SEPT 18, 1910      10-PM Message: Indpls Hello Iona, Arrived here safe and sound.  School in morning at 8 o ...

Perry Park is the only skating facility remaining operated by the City of Indianapolis. It's sister rink at Ellenberger Park was shuttered in 2008 (Courtesy eBay)

At Your Leisure: At the Skating Rink

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January 15, 2016, 3 Comments

Winter has arrived. Perhaps it is the unreliability of consistent winter weather or the lack of topography that make winter sports in Indianapolis mor ...

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Penny Post: I Had a Wonderful Trip

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January 14, 2016, No comments

Postmark: INDIANAPOLIS, IND.     OCT 5, 1947     7 PM Message: 2110 Orange St. I had a wonderful trip.  Met some lovely people on the train.  An ...