Perusing the pages of early 1900’s Indianapolis newspapers, you will occasionally come across an announcement for a new suburb–plotted out, ostensibly, by some entrepreneurial soul. It frequently appears with an accompanying map, such as the following from May 1916.

Though the state fairgrounds located north of this neighborhood, circa 1891, what is now the northeast tip ofย Mapleton-Fall Creek took almost 25 years to develop this tract.

Note that what was called “Fairground” in Osgood’s offering is now known as Fairfield.

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This area was highly desirable. What do you think would be most appealing when they were brand new? Proximity to the State Fair, or fronting Fall Creek Boulevard?