• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Wood Lawn and Fletcher Place

    Reader’s Question:  I am interested in the history of Wood Lawn, Calvin Fletcher’s farm.  By all accounts, the Fletchers came to Indianapolis in the 1820s, and the land that had been their home was known as Fletcher...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: New Augusta

    Reader’s Question:  Since moving back to Indianapolis, after living out west for a number of years, I have enjoyed rediscovering parts of the city I knew when I was growing up.  The other day, I found myself in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Esplanade Annex

    Reader’s Question: Our company has been renovating the Esplanade Annex for the past two-and-a-half years.  We are interested in learning a little of the building’s history, as well as who some of its past residents were.  ~ Christopher...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Frank(lin) Facts

    Franklin Township If you’ve lived in Marion County for a while, you know that Franklin Township, platted in 1822, is the southeastern-most corner of the Marion county square. Even if you call that area your stomping grounds,...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Cotton Family of Pike Township

    Reader’s Question: I am curious about the origins of the Cotton family, for two reasons.  First, Cotton Creek cuts directly across our back yard.  Second, members of the Cotton family are buried overlooking the creek in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Mansion on Cold Spring Road

    Reader’s Question: I’m pretty sure that after my father retired, he lived in Harry Stutz’s home on Cold Spring Road, which had been converted into apartments.  My dad was the “super.”  It was a beautiful home with acreage. ...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Broad Ripple Cemetery

    Reader’s Question: Can you confirm or debunk that there used to be a cemetery in Broad Ripple where the firehouse now is, on the northwest corner of Westfield and Guilford? I used to have a...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Garfield Park Area

    Reader’s Question: Can you tell me about the Garfield Park neighborhood?  I know the University of Indianapolis is in the area, as well as the city park, but what is the history of the area? When...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 1713 North Delaware Street

    Reader’s Question: What can you tell me about the history of 1713 North Delaware Street and the families who lived there over the years? ~ Larry G., Indianapolis   HI’s Answer: Indiana was one of six...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Residence at 3223 Washington Boulevard

    Reader’s Question: I love working in historic Indianapolis neighborhoods in my real estate transactions.  I recently sold a property at 3223 Washington Boulevard. Can you tell me something about the history of the area and of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Turnvereins

    Reader’s Question:  When I was growing up, we were members of a gym called (I think) the Lincoln Turners. My dad’s side of the family was German, and I remember being told something about German...

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