• Posted in: Bicycles, Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Zig-Zag Cycling Club

    What Goes Around, Comes Around… The recent surge in bicycle popularity, designated traffic lanes for cyclists, and issues of “sharing the road,” are not new to Indianapolis. Indeed, this “new” phenomenon is a REsurgence — more than 100 years...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Thank you Carl Fisher and James Allison

    Carl G. Fisher, Photo courtesy LHA/University of Michigan With the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race celebrating its 102nd anniversary, I believe Indianapolis residents owe a thank you to Speedway founders Carl G. Fisher and James...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Indianapolis Auto Row Part 2

    In the early 1910’s, the 10-block area along North Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis became the home to several segments of the auto industry. If you wanted a new car or service in Indianapolis, you went...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Revamped Fisher Mansion on Marian Campus

    FisherMansion in 2005 It’s no surprise that the extravagant entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher also had an luxurious home. In late 1909 or early 1910, Fisher and his wife Jane purchased the old 20-acre homestead that...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Indianapolis Auto Row Begins

    Fisher Automobile Company 1909, Looking northeast from Vermont and Senate With all the construction on the block bounded by Vermont Street, Capitol Avenue, Michigan Street, and Senate Avenue, I thought it would be a great...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Indianapolis’ Early Automotive Roots

    Carl G. Fisher, Photo courtesy LHA/University of Michigan The story of Indianapolis’ early automotive heritage begins a little over 120 years ago.  It actually started with bicycling. In the summer of 1890, 16 year-old Carl...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Disappearing Indy Auto Landmarks

    As little as 15 years ago, Indianapolis had over 40 existing buildings that housed the movers and shakers of its automotive industry.  Sadly, every few years we lose one or two of these reminders of...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Where the Athenaeum and Lincoln Collide

    Athenaeum Copyright © Indiana Historical Society Editor’s Note: Welcome new contributor, Dennis Horvath (see bio below) a bi-weekly contributor for an “Indy Auto” series. Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions and encouragement. Others interested...

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