I only stay in a city 3 or 4 days.
Aqueduct, Indianapolis, Ind.
Runners, bikers, and paddle boats are commonly spotted along Indianapolis’ Central Canal as it stretches from Broad Ripple to the downtown Canal Walk. A stretch of the canal that is infrequently seen by towpath is the aqueduct that allows the waterway to cross Fall Creek, between Bursdal Parkway and 16th Street. A view of the Indianapolis aqueduct is captured along with Ernest’s request for Mrs. Adin Haverly not to write him … yet.
Postmarked: MAY –, Indianapolis, IND. – 5:30 PM
If you have not wrote me
dont. for I will
& travel. will
come east. will
let you know
where I am & when
Mrs. Adis (presumably short for Addison) Haverly
A penny for your thoughts … Steve Campbell’s article, What’s In A Name: Aqueduct Street will tell you more of the history and influence of the Central Canal Aqueduct.
It’s interesting how the Central Canal crossed Fall Creek. It would be great if the Canal could be reconnected” through where I-65 turns northward about 11th Street where currently the Canal is “cut off” for several blocks in the 9th through 11th street vicinity so boaters and hikers could traverse the Canal unbroken from Broad Ripple to downtown or vice versa. Maybe a project for another day?
Basil, I’m pretty sure the Water Company does not allow any kind of boat on the canal from Broad Ripple to the Pumping Station a little beyond the old Bush Stadium. However one can ride a bike by along the towpath from Broad Ripple to about 30th Street, where it connects to the White River Greenway (may not be the real name) which takes you through Riverside Park and then generally follows the river to the Zoo. I believe there are plans to extend it even further, but at that point I usually ride to the Circle and then head back north on Delaware, though by using the Cultural Trail, you could get connected to other greenways like the Monon.
Thanks, Tom. I appreciate this insight .very much
Is the aqueduct still in existence?
Yes, but it’s not accessible to the public.
Lovely story! It’s a shame that the upkeep of the aqueduct ( could paint the rusty railings for one ) isn’t as nice as the actual postcard. Most people in the city probably aren’t aware the aqueduct exist! Is this the only one in Indy?
Ashley and Steve, Thanks for informing us of this fascinating part of Indy history. I have lived here nearly 74 years and never heard of it! We visited it yesterday. It could be developed into a great tourist site. (And being Earnest is pretty important!!)
I’m glad we inspired you to investigate part of Indy’s history!!