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Postmark: Indianapolis  Ind    May 12 1909   3:30PM

Message: Say it is great here. Enjoying it fine.

Addressee: Miss Laura Guess, Horton, Kans

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(Our) Post Script:

It IS pretty great here, especially along this lovely boulevard–thank you, George Edward Kessler.

In March 1905, despite protesting property owners who will have to bear assessments, the Moore-Mansfield Construction company, secured the contract for and began building Fall Creek Boulevard. The levying of assessments was made under the direction of the Park Board, who reduced the initial cost, but many property owners argued that they should pay nothing. A large portion of the cost of the boulevard was  funded with money already on hand.

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And here’s an alternate view along Fall Creek, looking northwest from Delaware Street, with the first official Governor’s Residence (after the debacle that was the governor’s home on the Circle) in view on the right. The Marott Hotel, which opened in November 1929, was built behind the home, to the west.

Penny for your thoughts: Can you imagine greater downtown without the lovely thoroughfare that is Fall Creek Boulevard? What’s your favorite part?

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