Archive for December, 2012

Ford Indianapolis Assembly Branch
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December 31, 2012

To meet America’s insatiable demand and to reduce shipping costs for finished Model T’s, the Ford Motor Company built its Indianapolis Assembly Branch in 1914.  Located near the southwest corner of East Washington and Oriental Streets, the original building measured 141 […]

Sunday Adverts: 1910 Southbend Comes to Indy

December 30, 2012, No comments

Their first automobile was an electric car, introduced in 1902 and the first gasoline powered automobile in 1904. By 1910, Studebaker Brothers had an ...

Kickstart Your Family Tree: Putting It Together

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December 29, 2012, No comments

So far we’ve dug through census records, searched cemeteries, and combed through military records. You’ve found your great-aunt MarthaR ...

Flats Lost & Saved: Mass Ave & Vermont Street

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December 29, 2012, 3 Comments

The Sanborn map above is of the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Vermont Street, and Alabama Street in 1914.  Originally, the 400 block of Mass ...

  • Friday Favorite: Statuary on Penn
    December 28, 2012, 5 Comments

    This one is a favorite, but a bittersweet one. If you’ve ever walked north on Pennsylvania Street, you may have noticed a little threesome along the southern wall of 241 North Pennsylvania. If you need some help visualizing the buildi ...

  • WTH: The Blizzard Edition
    December 26, 2012, 1 Comment

    All the blizzard talk got us thinking about highly fortified domiciles–and what will protect dwellers from one unsavory element will work against many. This little number on Boulevard shares similarities of many WTH’s: dispropor ...

  • HI Mailbag: The Arden Neighborhood
    December 25, 2012, 23 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  I would love to know the history of the Arden neighborhood and the clarification that there was a popular beach along White River.  ~ Ginger Lee Williams, Arden resident HI’s Answer: The Arden neighborhood ...

  • What’s in a Name: Barnes Avenue
    December 24, 2012, 5 Comments

    Barnes Avenue Location:  North Indianapolis Albert A. Barnes, president, Udell Works Albert Barnes was a businessman who owned land in the area around Barnes Avenue.  He donated the land and money in 1889 to the church that would become B ...

  • Sunday Ads: 1910 Indy Christmas
    December 23, 2012, 6 Comments

    Christmas ads of 1910 are all over the map. From milk to diamonds and well wishes from all forms of business… The L. E. Morrison & Co. was one of the many Washington Street businesses… …not far from H.P. Wasson [&helli ...