Archive for May, 2014

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May 31, 2014

The English Opera House opened to accolades on September 27, 1880, with famed Shakespearean actor Lawrence Barrett appearing in the role of Hamlet. But enough about the theater. Today’s article is about The Theatre – or more specifically, those places […]

In the Park: Picnic Time

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May 31, 2014, No comments

There’s nothing more relaxing than wiling away a warm summer afternoon in the park.  With nearly 200 parks in the greater Indianapolis area, you’ ...

Friday Favorites: Can Indy Claim First Ever Auto Accident?

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May 30, 2014, No comments

YOU Decide… Our fair city, whose international fame is flavored heavily with automotive lore, might claim one more dubious automobile first: In ...

Indianapolis Then and Now: 871-75 Virginia Avenue / Fountain Square Gateway

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May 29, 2014, No comments

While walking on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail near Fountain Square last week, I was reminded of one of the benefits of taking a stroll:  really se ...

  • Penny Post: I Think of You Often
    May 28, 2014, 1 Comment

    Some are Hoosiers by birth; others become Hoosiers by choice. Indianapolis area residents would agree with this 1945 sentiment, we all “like it very much.” Postmarked: Noblesville, IND., NOV. 5, 1945 – 5:30 AM Message: Dea ...

  • HI Mailbag: Rhodius Park Area
    May 27, 2014, 23 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  A friend of mine has asked me about the history of the Rhodius Park area, since she has just moved into a house across from the park. I tried searching the HI website, as well as the HUNI […]

  • Sunday Adverts: The Claypool Shop
    May 25, 2014, 2 Comments

      Business: The Claypool Shop of L.Strauss & Co. Year of this Advertisement: 1920 Address: 116 W. Washington Street Neighborhood: Downtown What they did: Sold ladies’ hats Years of operation: c. 1917 – 1920 (under the o ...

  • Friday Favorites: Frank(lin) Facts
    May 23, 2014, 2 Comments

    Franklin Township If you’ve lived in Marion County for a while, you know that Franklin Township, platted in 1822, is the southeastern-most corner of the Marion county square. Even if you call that area your stomping grounds, you may ...

  • Penny Post: The First Lap into the North Turn
    May 21, 2014, 1 Comment

    Happy Race Week 2014, Indianapolis! Wilbur Shaw may have won his third race in four years during the 1940 Indy 500 on May 30, 1940, but “Mother’s” short Penny Post was about the weather. Postmarked: Seymour, IND. May 31, 1 ...