• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Fall Creek Parkway South Drive

    Reader’s Question: My husband and I have purchased this historic house (pictured below) on Fall Creek Parkway South Drive. I have been trying to find out what neighborhood it is located in ever since.  Might you be...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Turnvereins

    Reader’s Question:  When I was growing up, we were members of a gym called (I think) the Lincoln Turners. My dad’s side of the family was German, and I remember being told something about German...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Hawthorne Neighborhood

    Reader’s Question: I wondered if you have any information on the near westside Hawthorne area. We are currently helping on a rehab in the 200 block of N. Mount Street. ~ Steve L, Indianapolis HI’s...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Parry Mansion in Golden Hill

    Reader’s Question: I’m curious if you know anything about the old Parry Mansion in Golden Hill. I cannot find a record of the house’s address, as most folks refer to all of Golden Hill as...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: House at 75th and College Avenue

    Reader’s Question: Do you have any history on the house on the SW Corner of 75th and College?  ~  Ed Alexander, Indianapolis HI’s Answer: The house that’s located on the southwest corner of E. 75th and N....

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Linwood Square

    Reader’s Question:  When was Linwood Square built?  Before Linwood Square was there, this was the location of Newburg (sp?) Field, where we loved to play.  Why was this section not developed like the rest of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: First Kroger Store in Indianapolis

    Reader’s Question: Someone told me that the Kroger at 16th and Central was the first Kroger store in Indianapolis. Is that true? LOL. ~ Lynn Molzan, Old Northside   HI’s Answer:  I assume you are referring to...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Lohrmann Residence

    Reader’s Question:  There is a fairly large structure, presumably a home, on the west bank of the White River at 16th Street that appears to be boarded up or abandoned.  It looks fairly impressive (what...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Marshall “Major” Taylor

    Reader’s Question:  I recall that cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor was born in Indianapolis.  Do you have any details about his early years?  ~ Caroline Cunningham, Los Angeles, California    HI’s Answer: Marshall Walter Taylor was...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Tomlinson Family

    Reader’s Question: I was wondering how much information you have on the TOMLINSON family and the history of Indiana?  Please contact me, so that I can find out more and fill in a lot of blanks...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis’ Upside-Down House

    Reader’s Question: Do you know where I could locate a photo of an upside-down house that was located at the intersection of West Washington St. and Rockville Rd.?  ~ Roberta Lakin Swisher, Indianapolis HI’s Answer: In...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Interesting People Who Were From Indianapolis

    Reader’s Question: Could you provide some information about notable people who were from Indianapolis but did not remain in Indianapolis all of their lives.  ~ Hattie Byland, Riverside, California     HI’s Answer:  As Indianapolis-born author Kurt Vonnegut once...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Location of Duncan Street

    Reader’s Question: I’m trying to locate Duncan Street.  It is mentioned in Howard’s Indianapolis Directory for 1857; there is a copy of this book on Archive.org.  I can’t seem to find a map that shows Duncan St.  ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Arden Neighborhood

    Reader’s Question:  I would love to know the history of the Arden neighborhood and the clarification that there was a popular beach along White River.  ~ Ginger Lee Williams, Arden resident HI’s Answer: The Arden...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Home That Gave Way to Tarkington Tower

    Reader’s Question:  When I was growing up in the Butler-Tarkington and Meridian-Kessler neighborhoods, there was a home on the northwest corner of 40th and Meridian Streets.  It was demolished sometime in the mid-1960s to make...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Mitthoeffer Road and German Church Road

    Reader’s Question: I have read about the heavy German influence in the city from its start to the turn of the century. I think I read somewhere that at one point 70% of city had...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Riley Trail

    Reader’s Question: I searched the HI site but couldn’t find any posts about the Riley Trail.  Signposts marking the trail have disappeared over the years, but there are still a few around.  One of the interesting stops on the...

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