• Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Fall Creek Greenway

    It’s 7:30 on a Monday morning.  I’m weaving in and out of traffic on Fall Creek Parkway en route to an 8 am meeting downtown and as usual, I’m running late.  I attempt to squeeze...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Marott Park

    Welcome to Marott Park! Long before Indiana became a state, it was a lush forest filled with elm, ash, and oak trees.  It was said that a squirrel could travel from Ohio to Illinois by...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Picnic Time

    Young girls on a picnic circa 1946. When you don’t have a picnic basket, a stock pot will work just fine! Image: courtesy Flanner House Records, Indiana Historical Society There’s nothing more relaxing than wiling...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Fairview Park

    Long before the grounds of Butler University became the home of the Bulldogs, this picturesque 246 acres on the city’s northwest side was known as Fairview Park. The suburban trolley park was located north of...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Arsenal Park

    Just one block east of where the Monon Rail Trail meets 46th Street, you’ll find Arsenal Park.  The 13-acre neighborhood park at 1400 East 46th Street was originally named Haverford Park, since Haverford Avenue forms...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Bertha Ross Park

    Today we head north from our last featured Watkins Park,  on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, to Bertha Ross Park, at 3700 North Clifton Street.  Indianapolis purchased this twelve-acre green space in 1925 to provide...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Watkins Park

    The crack of a baseball bat; the screech of the referee’s whistle; the cheers of an excited crowd.  These are a few of the sounds of spring in Indianapolis and there’s no better place to...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: The Monon Rail-Trail

    Springtime brings blooming trees, March Madness, and longer days to Indianapolis.  It also means increased traffic at one of Indy’s most popular parks, the Monon Rail-Trail.  You may not think of the nearly 17-mile paved...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Alice Carter Place

    “Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!” could be the slogan for Alice Carter Place in Midtown Indianapolis. Though small in size, this green space is a picturesque gateway to the North Meridian Street Historic District....

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Riverside Amusement Park

    A vintage view of Riverside Amusement Park (image: ebay) “In The Park” has visited Wonderland Amusement Park on the near east side and White City on Indy’s north side. The last stop on our tour...

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  • Posted in: In the Park Saturday in the Park: Wonderland Amusement Park

    Welcome to Wonderland Amusement Park! At the turn of the 20th century, residents desirous of lively entertainment flocked to the east side of town for a day of frolicking at our very own—Wonderland Amusement Park....

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then and Now: The Star Store and Indiana Government Center South, 360-70 West Washington Street

    L. S. Ayres & Company, Wiliam H. Block, and H. P. Wasson are the most beloved and remembered Indianapolis department stores, but many smaller stores catered to the middle class. One of them was the...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then & Now: 10th & Delaware

    With deepest thanks to Jeff Congdon for the generous donation of a scanner. Without the immense contributions of the Jewish community throughout Indianapolis history, the city would not have become the place we currently know,...

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

    Indianapolis’s Irvington neighborhood, located five miles east of downtown, is a well-established community.  The quaint homes lining its streets have stood for decades.  Neighbors share conversation over breakfast at local eateries like The Legend. It...

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

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I...

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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: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Horner-Terrill Home

    The Horner-Terrill home, located at the southwest corner of Emerson and Brookville, was built in 1875. It was vacant for nearly 20 years before homeowners Amanda and Eric Browning purchased the property in 2011. (photo...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: The Ravages of the Road

    “But automobiles have come, and they bring a greater change in our life than most of us suspect. They are here, and almost all things are going to be different because of what they bring.”...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH Wednesday: Polyglot Plot

    You see this and you think?… First of all, you’re likely having trouble even figuring out what to look at first? Windows: Wrong Various forms of siding: Disaster Was this a version of patch testing...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Classy Vintage Address

    Lockerbie Street Cruising historic neighborhoods allows for many fanciful discoveries. One of the features of most every building is its number. Indianapolis started numbering buildings fairly early in its development, but because there wasn’t an...

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