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Here are just a handful of advertisements of Indianapolis hotels from the 1890s and 1900s. By this time, there were more than 40 hotels in the city.

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By this time, the Enterprise Hotel, on Massachusetts Avenue, had ads oriented to boarders, and families. In the late 1800s, hotels were some of the earliest telephone customers. Ad years: 1891, 1892, 1899.

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The Pyle House, 1890 and 1894

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The Brunswick Hotel, 1891. The reference to the soldiers’ monument would have been one of the first.

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The Capitol house, 1890. The fame of the Central Indiana natural gas boom was even used as a selling point.

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The Grand Hotel, 1895.

 

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One of the only hotels to advertise in the city directories of the 1900s, Smith’s was comprised of several businesses, all under the ownership of O.H. Smith. (1909)

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