• Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name? – Records Street

    Records St. Location: Lawrence Dr. Samuel Records, early resident of Lawrence Samuel Records was born July 13, 1819 in Pendleton County, Kentucky to Spencer and Mary Records.  His ancestors came to America from England, settling...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Schumacher Way

    Max Schumacher Way Location: Downtown, near Victory Field Max Schumacher, president & chairman, Indianapolis Indians AAA Baseball team One of the shorter roads in Indianapolis, Max Schumacher Way is an access road into Victory Field,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Roache Street

    Roache St. Location: North Indianapolis Addison Lock Roache, Indiana Supreme Court Justice, businessman Justice Roache was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee in 1817. His family moved to Indianapolis in 1828 where he attended school and...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Pierson Street

    Pierson St. John Chanlers Pierson, Indianapolis businessman A small alley in the downtown area, Pierson Street was named after John C.Pierson, an early Indianapolis businessman who developed “J.C. Pierson’s N. Meridian Addition” on the near...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Masters Road

    Masters Rd. Location:  Castleton Dr. John Lewis Masters, medical school professor and landowner Dr. John L. Masters, who early in life was a schoolteacher in Brookville, was a professor of opthalmology and otology at the...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Warman Avenue

    Warman Ave. Location:  West Indianapolis Henry & Enoch Warman, early settlers Warman was once the home of two brothers, Henry and Enoch Warman, who were early settlers in Marion County.  The family was one of...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Traub Avenue

    Traub Avenue Location:  West Indianapolis Jacob Traub and William H. Traub, early landowners and businessmen Jacob Traub was born in Wurtemberg, Germany in 1811, and came to America with four of his siblings on a...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Miley Avenue

    Miley Ave. Location:  West Indianapolis John S. Miley, lumber merchant and landowner John Miley was an early businessman in Indianapolis.  He was born around 1816 in Wurtemburg, Germany.  In 1874, he ran a saw mill,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: McCarty Street

    McCarty St. Location:  Downtown, Southeast Named For: Nicholas McCarty, one of the first white settlers of Indianapolis McCarty was born September 26, 1795 in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia) but moved to Pittsburgh...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Leonard Street

    Leonard St. Location: Near East side, Running North-South Named for: Caroline L. Leonard, landowner Leonard Street runs through what was a residential development known as “CL Leonards Barth Heirs Addition.”  CL Leonard is believed to...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Bellefontaine

    Bellefontaine St. Location: Near East side, Runs North-South Indianapolis & Bellefontaine Railroad;  Bellefontaine, OH The Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad was Indiana’s second railroad line and once ran along Massachusetts Ave. and south along the current...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Barnhill Drive

    Barnhill Drive Location:  Downtown, IUPUI campus Named For: Robert Barnhill, early settler Robert Barnhill was one of the first white men to settle in Marion County, arriving March 6, 1820. Barnhill was born February 28,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Barnes Avenue

    Barnes Avenue Location:  North Indianapolis Albert A. Barnes, president, Udell Works Albert Barnes was a businessman who owned land in the area around Barnes Avenue.  He donated the land and money in 1889 to the...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Patterson Street

    Patterson St. Location:  Downtown, IUPUI Named For: Samuel J. Patterson, early settler and brick maker Samuel Patterson was born to Robert, who hailed from Maryland, and Annie Elliot, Virginia naive.  The couple moved to Kentucky,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Palmer Street

    Palmer St.   Named For: Nathan B. Palmer, Indiana state treasurer; Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Nathan Palmer owned and developed much of the land in the area around present day Palmer Street.  ...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Nowland Avenue

    Nowland Avenue Location: near Spades Park, near east side Named For: Matthias Nowland, original settler of Indianapolis; and John H.B. Nowland, Indianapolis author and historian Matthias Nowland was one of the original settlers Indianapolis, arriving...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Merrill Street

    Merrill St. Location: Downtown Named For: Samuel Merrill, Indiana State Treasurer & Indianapolis civic leader Merrill was born October 29, 1792 in Peacham, Vermont, to Jesse and Priscilla Merrill, who both hailed from Haverhill, Massachusetts....

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Ray Street

    Ray Street Named for: James Ray, early settler, First Marion County Clerk James Ray was born in Caldwell, New Jersey in 1800. He studied at Columbia University before moving to Lawrenceburg in 1818 and later...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Meikel Street

    Meikel Street was named for local brewer John Meikel.  Meikel was born in Nassau, Germany in 1814 and married to Mary Weaner Meikel, who was born in Germany in 1820.  She moved with her family...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Aqueduct Street

    Aqueduct St. Location: Central Canal-Fall Creek aqueduct     The Central Canal through Indianapolis was originally a part of what was supposed to be a statewide canal system.  The path of the canal ran through...

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