• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Lemcke Building

    Lemcke Building, circa 1910. Note Deschler’s Cigars on the first floor. HistoricIndianapolis.com collection Hard to believe it, but under the shiny meh exterior of at the northeast corner of Market and Pennsylvania, is a structure...

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  • Posted in: General Marion County Jail: Indy’s Shawshank

    In June 1891, the County Commissioners decided not to build the new jail on the courthouse square. Commissioner Emrich had purchased the northwest corner of Alabama and Maryland streets, fronting 155 feet on Alabama and...

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  • Posted in: General Formerly on the Circle: American Central Life Building

    If you’re the type to contemplate the stories behind buildings and locations, this may be of interest to you. If you’ve done so from the vantage point of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument looking northeast,...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Billingsley Florist

    Though Wiegand’s and Bertermann’s operated their Indianapolis floral trades for decades, some were not so lucky, nor so long-lived. One such business was tucked into a small space on the northeast corner of Ohio and...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Laundering Behind Old City Hall

    Local history buffs love to regale Circle City newbies with anecdotes of yesteryear about the city’s epicenter. A favorite story harkens to decades before the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument dwarfed nearby buildings. The original governor’s mansion...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Music to Your Ears

    Business:  Wilking Music Company Location:  120 East Ohio Street, near Massachusetts Avenue Years of Operation: 1922-1995 Notable: For over 70 years, Wilking Music Company was the place to go if you wanted that glamorous Steinway...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: More Than Just Jewelry

    Goodman Jewelers at 30 West Washington Street dabbled in “slenderizing” equipment back in the 1950s. (Image: Indiana State Library) Business: Goodman Jewelers Date of this Advertisement: April 12, 1959 Location: 30 West Washington Street Neighborhood:...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Brick Double, Fletcher Place

    There are so many special buildings and places to love in Fletcher Place, but this one is a standout, as it is so unusual compared to other homes in the area. The earliest listing for...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy’s Once Favorite Pasta

    Shorter and colder days, increase cravings for comfort food. And comfort food means everybody’s favorite carb group: pasta dishes. Unfortunately, Indy doesn’t have ethnically named enclaves like other culture-rich cities. No “Little Italy,” “Little Tokyo,”...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Indy Ghost Stories

    As we approach that spookiest of holidays, the subject of haunted places and ghost stories always come up. Whether you are a believer or skeptic, it’s always interesting to reflect on the history and reasoning...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: We’ve Got Next

    Tonight the Indiana Fever will try to extend its quest for a second WNBA Championship. Although women’s team sports have struggled throughout history to gain traction, the winning ways and intense game day environment have helped the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: At the Drive-in

    This ticket advertises a free pass for the driver at the Shadeland Drive-in. (Image: eBay) For those who grew up in between the 1950s and 1980s, a summertime rite of passage always included a few...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Ads: Indy’s Industrious, Illustrious Illustrators

    Let’s set the scene… Indianapolis in the 1890s: Due to recent technological advances in printing, Indianapolis newspapers are suddenly able to efficiently print cartoons and illustrations on every page. These become popular features for entertainment and...

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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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Greatest of All Time?

    Mobil Oil boasts three consecutive victories in this ad, including the 1953 race won by Bill Vukovich. Notice the wooden grandstands and brick front-stretch. (Image: eBay) Memorial Day weekend brings about another exciting edition of...

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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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Summertime Cruisin’

    Happy May 1st! As spring heads into summer, we start thinking of how to take advantage of the warm weather. Some sixty years ago, area teenagers participated in a deeply-rooted cruising culture as way to...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Last Train to Indy

    No passengers can be seen waiting in this 1970 photograph. (Image: Library of Congress) Passing the Romanesque Union Station may create conflicting emotions for some. It is gratifying to see an impressive historic building restored–especially...

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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: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Sorry, No Ladies Allowed

    The long gone Ye Ark Saloon stood at 15 East Ohio Street, approximately where the Chase Tower lobby entrance is located today. (Image: Evan Finch) This past weekend, the nation’s eyes were focused on Indianapolis during...

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