Usually, I gravitate towards the neighborhoods nearest to the Mile Square–the older, the better for this gal; and I assumed all of the longest inhabited areas in the city are only centered around that original mile square. So, how delightful and almost exotic it seemed to find a treasure trove of information on a place so relatively far removed from the epicenter of the city in the area now within Mapleton-Fall Creek  Development Corporation. Who doesn’t find it amusing when early reference to Broad Ripple is noted as the location of summer homes of some of the early Indianapolis well-to-do, for example. It’s mind boggling to think that just shy of 4 miles north of the circular-shaped heart of our city, actually wasn’t our city. What today is part of the northern boundary of the Mapleton-Fall Creek  neighborhood was, in 1843, a community called Sugar Grove. The area, more specifically, was in the vicinity of modern day 38th & Meridian Streets. A church community existed there as many others would follow in the area’s lengthy history. In the 1850’s, the place was even granted its own post office, rechristened from ‘Sugar Grove’ to ‘Mapleton.’ (Must have been  an editor involved there– succinct alteration). Through the 1860’s and 1870’s, some commercial development and homes sprouted around Illinois, Maple (now 38th) and Meridian Streets and an Indianapolis street railway conveyed people up Illinois to Crown Hill Cemetery (incorporated in 1863).