• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Wesley Hotel, 16th & Capitol

    Hard to believe how many buildings in Indianapolis have been razed under the guise of  “progress” or “enhancing” a neighborhood or block. All the harder to understand when a building fronts major thoroughfares with a constant stream of...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania A German Firebug?

    Most Americans know nothing about the time Nazi submarines stalked the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.  But if you’re ever on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and see anyone old enough to remember the...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: White Castle No. 3, 660 Fort Wayne Avenue

    White Castle No. 3, located on the northwest corner of Fort Wayne Avenue and Delaware Street, is the nation’s third-oldest surviving White Castle building. The small castle-shaped brick building, and hundreds of others across the...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Lux Laundry Fire

    Reader’s Question:  I have recently moved back to Indianapolis after living most of my adult life in Virginia.  I still have vivid memories of a fire in a business near my family’s home, when I was about...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Ohio and Alabama Streets

    Courtesy of the Indianapolis Fire Department (top, 1952) and Google Street View (bottom, 2010) This intersection was not photographed often, so I was thrilled to find this small diner documented in the background of an...

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