• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Frances Farmer Will Find Her Peace in Fishers

    A newly discovered Frances Farmer in 1935 The internet. In 1994, almost none of us had heard of it, even fewer of us had reason to use it. Twenty years later, it’s how we communicate,...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The House of Blue Lights

    Once upon a time, it was a rite of passage for Indianapolis teenagers to park their cars at the end of a long, wooded drive off of Fall Creek Road on the northeast side. They traversed...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Reminders of Indy’s Transit Past

    As summer road construction season comes to its seasonal decline, workers downtown have been diligently ripping Delaware Street into shreds, producing waist-deep holes through which they can repair the city’s subterranean infrastructure. In one such...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Lyric Theater

    Just as the popularity of Netflix and Redboxes have yielded thousands of vacant storefronts across the county once occupied by Blockbuster Video stores, television’s popularity led to the near extinction of the double purpose stage/movie...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Graham-Stephenson House

    The Graham-Stephenson House in Irivington – Photo by Ryan Hamlett As the nights grow crisp and cool, the coming fall always reminds me of my childhood in Irvington. Though the October festivities at Connor Prairie...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Lake Reginald Sullivan

    Lake Reginald Sullivan on Indy’s near northwest side. – Photo by Ryan Hamlett There is little evidence to remind us of Indianapolis’ swampy beginnings here as we approach our 200th year of existence. The forests...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Heslar Naval Armory

    Heslar Naval Armory – Photo by Ryan Hamlett Who knew such a beautiful and strangely located building on Indianapolis’ near northwest side could have played a pivotal role in defeating Hitler’s goosesteping hate-mongers? What was...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Oliver Johnson’s Woods

    Oliver Johnson’s Farmhouse (photo by Ryan Hamlett) While doing research for last week’s article about the remnants of the Bacon Cemetery at Kessler and Keystone, I was scanning through Google Maps to get a bird’s...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Mysterious Tombstones at Kessler and Keystone (Bacon Cemetery)

    Bacon Cemetery – Photo by Ryan Hamlett In my many years of driving throughout Indianapolis, I feel like I can count on one hand, how many times I’ve made it through a green light on...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Indiana City Brewery (Home Brewing Company Bottling Building)

    Three original Home Brewing Company bottles in the Indiana City Brewery tasting room. – Photo by Ryan Hamlett Earlier this year, our own Joan Hostetler featured the Home Brewing Company for a Feburary “Indianapolis: Then and Now”...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Landmark for Peace Memorial, MLK Park

    The Landmark for Peace Memorial at Martin Luther King Jr. Park – Photo by Ryan Hamlett While HistoricIndianapolis.com is by no means a platform from which to editorialize on current events whether they be they...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Roselyn Bakeries

    Former Roslyn Bakery Store #20 at 5231 E. Washington in Irvington – Photo by Ryan Hamlett On a quick jaunt to Chicago this weekend to see an exhibition soccer match at Soldier Field, several billboards...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Stout Army Air Field

    Stormy skies look to keep aircraft long since missing from this 1940’s hangar along Holt Road grounded. – Photo by Ryan Hamlett Heading west into stormy skies this past weekend, I set off to discover...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Pan Am Plaza

    Over 26 years ago, Indianapolis was making huge strides in changing its struggling, rust-belt image out of that of a dusty blip in fly-over country into a mecca for amateur and professional sports. The national...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Albert R. Worm Building

    Albert R. Worm Building at 1223 West Oliver Avenue – Photo by Ryan Hamlett A day after the Nationwide OTR Recycling plant at 220 S. Belmont pelted downtown and the near southwest side with toxic...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Wilbur Shaw Memorial Hill

    Practicing for the Big Race – Photo by Ryan Hamlett The name Wilbur Shaw is synonymous with auto racing in Indianapolis. The three time 500 winner (’37,’39 & ’40) Shelbyville native was the last Hoosier...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania National Motor Vehicle Company Building

    Rear view of the National Motor Vehicle Co. building at 22nd Street and the Monon – Photo by Ryan Hamlett Another May has come and gone, another Indianapolis 500 with it, re-associating “Indianapolis” and “motor...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Lombard Building (Victoria Centre)

    Main staircase of the Victoria Centre, designed by Rowland Design Inc. – photo by Ryan Hamlett The Victoria Center, one of Indianapolis’ preservation success stories, has been around in its current incarnation for nearly 30...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Arlington Theater

    The Arlington Theater Building, now Central Ace Hardware – Photo by Ryan Hamlett In between the days of the grand vaudevillian movie houses like the Circle and Indiana Theaters (now Hilbert Circle and Indiana Repertory)...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania The Paramount Music Palace

    Location of the long-gone Paramount Music Palace (and recently gone Don Pablo’s) – Photo by Ryan Hamlett At the request of a good friend, this week’s not exactly picturesque local is the site of the...

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