• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Public Transportation in 1940 Indianapolis

    “Car and Bus Routings and Stops, Downtown” All aboard the time machine again…let’s head back to Indianapolis of 1940 to look at how we were maneuvering to and from home and downtown. This map is...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Minturn Apartments, 22nd & Capitol

    The city is replete with buildings like this–loaded with potential,  sad and forlorn–a fading shadow of a former, glorious, incarnation. The namesake of this building is from its first owner, Joseph Allen Minturn (6/20/1861- 4/3/1943),...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Your Savings Store

    S.S. Kresge and Company appeared in the newspaper October 28, 1923 touting the opening of their new building at 41 East Washington Street,  southwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania Though they spent their first few years in...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Tip of the Hat

    This Sunday ad from 1966 targets the “back to school” crowd. Who doesn’t want to dress to impress for the new semester? (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Harry Levinson Date of Ad: August 18, 1966 Location:...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Fave: State Fair Souvenirs

    Image: collection Tiffany Benedict Browne Some people must have a tangible memento of places visited, others prefer photos, and still others are content to make memories. While memories may wash away like footprints in the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: We’re All Nuts

    Business: Morrow’s Nut House Date of Ad: December 30, 1945 Location: 50 North Pennsylvania Street, 46 West Washington and various downtown locations Years of Operation: 1933- 1989 Notable: If you grew up in Indianapolis in...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Independent Turnverein, 902 N. Meridian

    Postmarked 1917 Independent Turnverein Post Card, (courtesy HistoricIndianapolis.com) How lucky Indianapolis is that such detailed and well-crafted buildings still stand today–an unapologetic and ornate vestige of  yesteryear. This one, a magnificent red brick and limestone building...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Herman Lieber House, Lockerbie Square

    Herman LIeber Cottage Indianapolis has so many fabulous neighborhoods, and much to love in each. Most Fridays, we will point to a favorite place in an Indy neighborhood, so that next time you are wandering...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: An Evening in Merry England

    A postcard showing the Sheffield Inn. The single story section was a later addition as a large house stood in its place the year the inn opened. At some point this structure was replaced with...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Canterbury Park

    Passenger rail service was nearly eliminated by the late 1950s or early 1960s. (William H. Bass Photo Collection courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society) Welcome to Canterbury Park!  This picturesque 1.7-acre neighborhood park is east of Meridian-Kessler...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Forest Manor Park

    Welcome to Forest Manor Park, established in 1937 Welcome to Forest Manor Park on Indianapolis’s east side. This 18.8 acre neighborhood park was established in 1937, to meet the needs of families moving out of the...

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  • Posted in: General Back to the When

    38 North Pennsylvania Street Years of Operation: 1932-1997 Notable: Before Office Depot or Staples there was a local leader in office supplies called Stationers. The Ober family-owned company opened in 1933 on North Pennsylvania. Two years...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Haughville Park

    Welcome to Haughville Park!  This five-and-a-half acre park on the city’s west side opened in 1922.  Located at 520 North Belleview Place, Haughville Park is one of the park system’s most popular family destinations. The...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Reverend Mozel Sanders Park

    From Colonel Eli Lily to Mayor Thomas Taggart to basketball great Oscar Robertson, there is a lengthy list of people who have helped shape our city’s history.  Reverend Mozel Sanders left a particularly influential legacy...

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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: In the Park In the Park: Bethel Park

    Bethel Park opened in 1935 Welcome to Bethel Park!  This 14.5 acre community park on the city’s southeast side is located at 2850 Bethel Avenue, and features athletic fields, horseshoe pits, a running track, and...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: A Baaaaa-a-a-d Idea Turned Good

      The Indianapolis Parks system history is filled with delightful stories of united communities, honored heroes, and family fun. But there are a few tales in our city’s annals that might also raise an eyebrow...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Fall Creek & 30th Park

    Welcome to Fall Creek & 30th Park! Welcome to Fall Creek & 30th Park!  This seven-acre neighborhood park is nestled into a quaint corner on the north side, where Fall Creek Parkway angles northeast.  It...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Hawthorne Park

    The Near Westside neighborhood is one of Indianapolis’s oldest and most well-established communities.  In its early days, it was largely a rural area, separated from the “big city” of Indianapolis by the White River.  After the arrival...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Businesses That Called The Claypool “Home”

    Today’s modern downtown convention hotels tend to be imposing structures. Often entrances are set back from the street, and sweeping porte-cochères cover guests as they step from their vehicles, almost directly into the lobby.  This was not...

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