Penny Post: The Sunken Gardens in Garfield Park

Written by on August 27, 2014 in Penny Post - 2 Comments
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Although Garfield Park (originally called Southern Park) opened as Indianapolis’ first city park in 1876, the Sunken Gardens on this Penny Post weren’t built until 1914.

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., AUG 22, 1922 0 9:30 PM



Tuesday 8/22/22
Having a grand time. Will go to this park to-night.
Horance & Jennie Thomas


Addressed to:
Mr. & Mrs. Goehring
628 – 4th Ave
Clinton, Iowa

A penny for your thoughts … It’s still summer in Indy. Which park are you visiting this week?


Learn more about the history of Garfield Park from the HI Mailbag: The Garfield Park Area.

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Ashley Haynes is from Indianapolis and grew up bringing storybook characters to life in her imagination. Now, she peers into the history of old buildings, letters, and postcards, imagining the lives of the people who touched the stair-rail or held the pen.

2 Comments on "Penny Post: The Sunken Gardens in Garfield Park"

  1. Jack Boyd August 28, 2014 at 10:14 am · Reply

    Garfield Park had more going for it than a sunken garden; try a life-changing event. Back about 1945, give or take a year, the amphitheatre in Garfield Park presented the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore. I was 13 (give or take), and this country boy had never seen a live anything, much less a stage full of singers, actors and dancers, with an actual orchestra. I lived in north Indianapolis, and friend from across the street talked his parents into taking me to the production. I didn’t know much music and for sure I didn’t know Gilbert & Sullivan, but that musical play branded my mind with a vision of what music could actually do in your life. I stumbled around for a week humming and singing what I could remember of “When I Was a Lad” and “Silently on Tiptoe Stealing” and “I’m Called Little Buttercup.” It helped guide me to three degrees in music and a career in college vocal music. For those of you wondering if you should take a kid to something … as we say in Texas, “Well, you just never know!”

  2. Mike Hoffmann September 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Reply

    My father proposed to my mother in Garfield Park. They were parked in their car and apparently an officer came and told them to move along because he had just chased off a person who had been sneaking up on the car with evil intent. Years later, my aunt would take us to Garfield park and she would drive over the steep bridges at increased speeds (not flight level speed) to make our stomachs rise. i would often come away from those rides with an upset stomach.

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