Postmark: Indianapolis Ind   Aug 22 1916  9:30PM

Maple Rd pc inscription



My dear sister: Aug 22. 1916. This is ___and I never got a letter from home. Can you account for that? I can’t. Don’t let it happen again. My “ground grippers” made me sit down on the stairway today. It never hurt but I thought I was a killed girl. I was in a good posture to slide on down but I thought I would rather stay where I lit. We had a storm here between three and four o’clock and it is a great deal cooler now. Have you been to Chautauqua yet?! I am glad you are not going to tent down there. Write me.


Miss Essie E. Patton,



Motor Route A.

(Our) Post Script:

38th is Maple Road

This advertisement for Washington Blvd in 1914 shows both Maple Road and 38th Street used as a reference point.

A 1966 article looking back at the genesis of the earlier “Maple Road” moniker asserts that there were rows of Maple trees lining the street near Crown Hill, felled to widen the thoroughfare. The other theory says even before the trees were planted, the street was named for an early suburb called Mapleton, an unincorporated village at 38th and Illinois streets, and included a church and several stores. Not too different from today’s Maple Crossing.

Penny For Your Thoughts: 

What are your memories, insights, and/or thoughts about “Maple Road”?