Archive for January, 2014

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January 31, 2014

Indianapolis businessman, J. H. McKernan, had it all arranged — a day of perfect weather and rare delights including pyrotechnics, music and… *insert trumpet flourish here* … the first-ever hot air balloon ascension in the city’s history! The “Eclipse” was to rise on […]

Indianapolis Then & Now: 10th & Delaware

January 30, 2014, 15 Comments

With deepest thanks to Jeff Congdon for the generous donation of a scanner. Without the immense contributions of the Jewish community throughout India ...

Penny Post: Indianapolis, Quite a Town

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January 29, 2014, No comments

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND. DEC 26, 1932 6:30 PM Message: Hello All – Nice trip so far. Quite a town, arrived around 6. Staying tonight. Popu ...

Indy Indie Artist Colony, the Former St. Regis

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January 28, 2014, 2 Comments

It seems that everywhere you look, there are new, high-end condos and apartments springing up in and around downtown Indianapolis. As transportation c ...

  • What’s in a Name: Aston Inn
    January 27, 2014, No comments

    Aston Inn Location: 6620 N. Michigan Rd. George W. Aston, proprietor, Aston Inn When Michigan Road was the main thoroughfare that connected Lake Michigan with the Ohio River, the Aston Inn, owned by George Aston, was an important location f ...

  • Sunday Adverts: Richcreek Bank
    January 26, 2014, No comments

      In 1892, Seth M. Richcreek arrived in Indianapolis.  Before surfacing in the Circle City, he had been missing for 25 years.  Soon after his arrival, Richcreek opened a law office, but devoted much of his attention to purchasing str ...

  • In The Park: Ellenberger
    January 25, 2014, 11 Comments

    Indianapolis’s Irvington neighborhood, located five miles east of downtown, is a well-established community.  The quaint homes lining its streets have stood for decades.  Neighbors share conversation over breakfast at local eateries lik ...

  • Friday Favorites: Oldfields
    January 24, 2014, 1 Comment

    Oldfields: 100 Years at 4000 Michigan Rd An earlier article on the Four Winds Estate, relates to another well known property — the “Lilly House” located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. While many bel ...

  • Then and Now: St. Clair Theatre, 802 Fort Wayne Avenue
    January 23, 2014, 1 Comment

    This unidentified Indianapolis Fire Department negative dated 1946 appears to document an accident near the intersection of Fort Wayne Avenue, Saint Clair Street, and Alabama Street. This view looks northeast on Fort Wayne Avenue. Fortunate ...