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Readers’ questions about Indy history

  • HI Mailbag: The Meadows
    November 24, 2015, 16 Comments

    Reader’s Question: I grew up in Ft. Wayne in the 1950s and 1960s, but I often spent weekends and holidays in Indianapolis with my grandparents.  I have fond memories of visiting their apartment in The Meadows, as well as walking [&he ...

  • HI Mailbag: Martindale-Brightwood Families
    November 10, 2015, 10 Comments

    Reader’s Question: I was wondering if you had any information on prominent families in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, from the late 1800s to the 1940s?  Can you provide any names and addresses?  ~ Jerome J. HI’s Answ ...

  • HI Mailbag: Tee Pee Restaurants
    October 27, 2015, 20 Comments

    Reader’s Question: When I was in grade school, my older sisters always raved about the Tee Pee.  By the time I was a teenager, though, it was gone.  Can you give me a little history of the establishment?  ~ Donna […]

  • HI Mailbag: Old Settlers Reunion
    October 13, 2015, 4 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  I saw a post on a Facebook group’s page about an Old Settlers Reunion.  Would you have any information on that event?  ~ Catharine T. HI’s Answer:   The Old Settlers Reunion was an annual gathering ...

  • HI Mailbag: 2147 North Talbott Street
    September 29, 2015, 12 Comments

    Reader’s Question: I own several properties in the vicinity of 22nd and Talbott.  I am intrigued by a building at 2147 N. Talbott Street, which has the word “POWER” carved in a stone above its entrance.  Can you provide ...

  • HI Mailbag: Indianapolis’ First Public Schools
    September 1, 2015, 41 Comments

    Reader’s Question: What were the first public schools in Indianapolis, and where were they located?  ~ Ann F., Indianapolis HI’s Answer:  From the time non-native settlers began to populate the area that in 1821 became the C ...

  • HI Mailbag: Boulders Alongside Fall Creek
    January 20, 2015, 13 Comments

    Reader’s Question: There once were two large boulders on the shore of Fall Creek, just west of College Avenue.  Bronze plaques were embedded in the boulders, commemorating two drowning victims.  Was there once a swimming beach at ...

  • HI Mailbag: Union Park Place
    January 6, 2015, 3 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  Since moving into my home two years ago, I have occasionally heard the neighborhood referred to as Union Park Place.  It was my understanding when I bought the property that it was in the Mapleton-Fall Creek ...

  • HI Mailbag: Wood Lawn and Fletcher Place
    December 23, 2014, 3 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  I am interested in the history of Wood Lawn, Calvin Fletcher’s farm.  By all accounts, the Fletchers came to Indianapolis in the 1820s, and the land that had been their home was known as Fletcher Place as ...