Archive for October, 2013

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October 31, 2013

  1850s: It’s hard to imagine Monument Circle as a dirt street, but this early image transports us back to a time before the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument when Circle Street, as it was known then, had a mix of […]

WTH: Marion County Courthouse vs. CC Building

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October 30, 2013, 11 Comments

WTH? Normally we ask: Will this hurt? Will this help? This happened 50 years ago, so the more appropriate question would be Did this hurt or did this ...

The House of Blue Lights

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October 29, 2013, 16 Comments

Once upon a time, it was a rite of passage for Indianapolis teenagers to park their cars at the end of a long, wooded drive off of Fall Creek Road on ...

HI Mailbag: Indianapolis’ “Automobile Row”

October 29, 2013, 13 Comments

Reader’s Question: What remnants of Indianapolis’ booming automobile history are still left along Capitol Avenue?  ~ Mark S., Indianap ...

  • What’s In a Name: Mitthoef(f)er Road
    October 28, 2013, No comments

    Editor’s Note:  As you will note in this article, the name of the road is spelled both “Mitthoeffer” and “Mitthoefer.”  The correct spelling is explained in an earlier article – HI Mailbag: Mitthoeffer ...

  • Sunday Adverts: C.A. Webb
    October 27, 2013, No comments

      This ad, from 1903, is quite detailed compared to the other advertisements of its time, which mostly included text, or a simple drawing.  The story of the man behind the advertisement – Charles A. Webb – is even more [&h ...

  • Vintage Vittles: A Mulled Wine Cheat
    October 26, 2013, 1 Comment

    As you read this, I’m ensconced in a tent somewhere in Yellowwood State Forest. To answer your unspoken question: yes, it’s cold. So cold, in fact, I prepared this week’s Historic Indianapolis recipe with this camping trip ...

  • Friday Favorites: Haunted* Hannah House
    October 25, 2013, 2 Comments

    Other-worldly scratch, scratch, scratching… A chill in the air… Directionless whispers… A glimpsed apparition… The stench of decomposition… *Cue the creepy music* Touted in numerous books on the paranormal and ...

  • WTH: Pave Paradise…
    October 23, 2013, 4 Comments

    WTH? Will this hurt? Will this help? Location: 1400 block Pennsylvania, formerly occupied by Peyton Wells Remove economic motivations, remove excuses, and ask yourself: is this compatible or incompatible, good or bad, worthy or unworthy  o ...