• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Grasshopper Jails & Other “Monkey Business”

    If you peek into newspapers from any decade, it doesn’t take long to find some downright strange human activity going on.  In spite of the often ego-stroking tales we tell ourselves, human behavior, of course,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Raggedy Indy

     A Sweet Little Raggedy Doll and a Sweet Little Raggedy House at 537 N. Tacoma Avenue Raggedy Ann Once again, eBay serves as the source of inspiration for historical discovery! Last week, a rare 1915...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Raggedy Ann and Indy

      Happy Independence Day, Indy! Baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and … Raggedy Ann. It’s hard to find anything more “Americana” than the perpetually-perky little red, white, and blue doll. Were you aware that she has...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Frank(lin) Facts

    Franklin Township If you’ve lived in Marion County for a while, you know that Franklin Township, platted in 1822, is the southeastern-most corner of the Marion county square. Even if you call that area your stomping grounds,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: 25 McLean Place

    Reader’s Question: I would love to hear the history of the building at 25 McLean Place.   I think it may have originally been a stable.  Jeff C., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: The building at 25 McLean Place...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: To The Beat of a Different Drum

      … a Bigger and Better Drum! Tucked away among the over-tight streets of the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood near Fountain Square, the SENSE Charter school lovingly serves children in grades Kindergarten through seventh. The school inhabits an interesting building. Rough, inconveniently-placed...

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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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