Archive for January, 2016

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January 29, 2016

Indianapolis has world-class transportation infrastructure. Major cities and rural outposts are connected to the capitol city via a network of clean electric trains that whisk travelers to their destinations at speeds exceeding seventy miles per hour. Today such a statement […]

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.   ...

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 ...

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 ...

  • Penny Post: Arrived Here Safe & Sound
    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’clock.  I will work at the rest. in the morning.  Will write more soon. Yours, [&hel ...

  • At Your Leisure: At the Skating Rink
    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 more of a passing fancy than a passion. Still, many Hoosiers enjoy strapping on a pair of [&h ...

  • Penny Post: I Had a Wonderful Trip
    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.  And have I got an adorable grandson.  He is such a good […]

  • HI Mailbag: 1215 Kessler Boulevard East Drive
    January 12, 2016, 47 Comments

    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 […]

  • At Your Leisure: Third Time’s a Charm?
    January 8, 2016, 9 Comments

    Some sizable restaurant news hit this past fall. The CEO of the Atlanta-based company that bought the iconic Frisch’s Big Boy chain of family restaurants announced bold intentions to expand throughout the Circle City. While some may roll ...

  • At Your Leisure: Ringing in the New Year
    January 1, 2016, No comments

    The year 2015 is now just a distant memory. Many will look forward to the New Year, as the previous produced strife, disagreement, and terror, both abroad and domestically. Seventy years ago, an even greater anticipation lingered, as Indian ...