• Posted in: Bicycles, Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Zig-Zag Cycling Club

    What Goes Around, Comes Around… The recent surge in bicycle popularity, designated traffic lanes for cyclists, and issues of “sharing the road,” are not new to Indianapolis. Indeed, this “new” phenomenon is a REsurgence — more than 100 years...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: The Day Indy Got Her Wings

    Before the advent of planes, trains and automobiles, the fastest route from point A to point B was usually by water.  So when a new state capital was selected in 1820, the fact that Congress...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Thank you Carl Fisher and James Allison

    Carl G. Fisher, Photo courtesy LHA/University of Michigan With the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race celebrating its 102nd anniversary, I believe Indianapolis residents owe a thank you to Speedway founders Carl G. Fisher and James...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Indianapolis Auto Row Begins

    Fisher Automobile Company 1909, Looking northeast from Vermont and Senate With all the construction on the block bounded by Vermont Street, Capitol Avenue, Michigan Street, and Senate Avenue, I thought it would be a great...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Indianapolis’ Early Automotive Roots

    Carl G. Fisher, Photo courtesy LHA/University of Michigan The story of Indianapolis’ early automotive heritage begins a little over 120 years ago.  It actually started with bicycling. In the summer of 1890, 16 year-old Carl...

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  • Posted in: Auto Indy Where the Athenaeum and Lincoln Collide

    Athenaeum Copyright © Indiana Historical Society Editor’s Note: Welcome new contributor, Dennis Horvath (see bio below) a bi-weekly contributor for an “Indy Auto” series. Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions and encouragement. Others interested...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Allison Coupon Company

    Allison Coupon Company’s 69 (121) W. Georgia Street location (Hyman’s Handbook to Indianapolis, 1897) James A. Allison is best known as one of the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he got his start...

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