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


Although the date on the postmark is unclear, the front features the post-1905 aqueduct construction. Ernest likely sent his note between 1905 and the 1910s – the height of postcard popularity.

Dear Adis.
If you have not wrote me
dont. for I will
leave tomorrow
& travel. will
come east. will
let you know
where I am & when
to write

Addressed to:
Mrs. Adis (presumably short for Addison) Haverly
Akin, N.Y.


A modern view of the aqueduct and Fall Creek looking east.
(image: courtesy of Chris Corr)


A birds-eye view of the Central Canal aqueduct crossing Fall Creek.
(image: courtesy of Chris Corr)

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.

8 responses to “Penny Post: The Importance of Being Ernest”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    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?

  2. Jeff Congdon says:

    Is the aqueduct still in existence?

  3. Rebecca Bandy says:

    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?

  4. Tiffany Benedict Berkson says:

    Yes, but it’s not accessible to the public.

  5. Tom Davis says:

    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.

  6. basil berchekas jr says:

    Thanks, Tom. I appreciate this insight .very much

  7. Earnest LaRue Bennett says:

    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!!)

  8. Ashley Haynes says:

    I’m glad we inspired you to investigate part of Indy’s history!!

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