• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Warfleigh

    Reader’s Question:  I have lived on the south side of Indianapolis my entire life, so I am not very well-acquainted with other parts of the city.  Recently, I had an appointment on the north side and was driving...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: 1215 Kessler Boulevard East Drive

    Reader’s question: There is a large white frame house on Kessler Boulevard, a couple of blocks east of the Monon Trail, that I have admired for years.  It appears to be much older than the homes...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Inn the Huddle

    The interior of a Huddle restaurant awaiting eager diners. (Image: Evan Finch) A twenty-four hour restaurant tends to bring out some of the more interesting examples of mankind, especially in the wee hours of the morning....

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: 61st & Broadway Park

    Just west of College Avenue in Broad Ripple, you’ll find 61st & Broadway Park. This quaint 2.7-acre neighborhood park opened in 1928.  The park’s amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts,...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure A Day in The Park: White City Amusement Park

    A panorama from atop the boat ride. (Image: Indiana State Library) As Labor Day 2014 hits the history books, and fall has officially started, it’s only obvious to ask: how did Indy spend it’s summer?...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Importance of Being Ernest

    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...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: I Am On Skates

    This real photographic postcard features the Broad Ripple Masonic Temple on Guilford Avenue in 1908. Postcard courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections. This Penny Post, sent from a young Indianapolitan on skates, features the newly...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Healin’ Hurty

    John N. Hurty (1852-1925) Purdue University photo. (C)lean and Mean… John Hurty began his career in Indianapolis at a time when cows and pigs roamed the city streets at will. So much livestock lived among the human citizenry...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Origin of the Name of Kessler Boulevard

    Reader’s Question: My husband (an Austrian citizen) was asking about the origin of the name of Kessler Boulevard.  I could not tell him, but I said it was surely named after some prominent man in...

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  • Posted in: In the Park Saturday In the Park: Broad Ripple Park

    There’s something magical about walking through freshly fallen snow. The crunch of each step breaks the winter silence as the snow gives way beneath your boot. Sunbeams reflecting off the white powder bask the chilly...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Ravenswood

    Reader’s Question: I have a lot of family history in Indiana, but in Indianapolis the only area I know my family has been in for a while is Ravenswood.  Any chance you have some history on...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Growing up in Broad Ripple

    Have you ever contemplated writing down your life story? If you’re like most of us, you entertained the thought for all of 10 minutes before saying to yourself, “Who would be interested in MY life?” Writing...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Sutton-Garten Co.

    In 1916, Ray Garten met Charles R. Sutton in Chicago, Illinois, when Garten was transferred from Indianapolis to Chicago after Union Carbide bought Indianapolis-based Prestolite.  Owned by prominent Indianapolis residents James Allison and Carl Fisher,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Broad Ripple Cemetery

    Reader’s Question: Can you confirm or debunk that there used to be a cemetery in Broad Ripple where the firehouse now is, on the northwest corner of Westfield and Guilford? I used to have a...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Oliver Johnson’s Woods

    Oliver Johnson’s Farmhouse (photo by Ryan Hamlett) While doing research for last week’s article about the remnants of the Bacon Cemetery at Kessler and Keystone, I was scanning through Google Maps to get a bird’s...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Mustard Family Properties in Washington Township

    Reader’s Question: Have you come across any information about Crown Hill Cemetery and the Mustard family?  My mother (age 92, with an excellent memory!) has always “recited” a family fact that, “Uncle Walter married the...

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  • Posted in: Flashback Fridays Flashback Fridays: Alice Ashby Roettger

    Indianapolis history is not just made up of buildings, historic homes, and age-old events. After all, it IS people who make history happen, so what better way to know Indianapolis history than to hear from...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Arden Neighborhood

    Reader’s Question:  I would love to know the history of the Arden neighborhood and the clarification that there was a popular beach along White River.  ~ Ginger Lee Williams, Arden resident HI’s Answer: The Arden...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: College Avenue and 54th Street

    As Indianapolis grew and streetcars headed north on College Avenue toward Broad Ripple, clusters of commercial buildings sprung up every four or five blocks. One such shopping hub was located at the intersection of College...

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