• Posted in: Historic Miscellania History of the St. Vincent Hospital Fall Creek Building

    There were an improbable number of mustard bottles littering the kitchen table as we poked our heads through the doorway. In some ways, this apartment was just like every other in the crumbling edifice most...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Prest-o-lite

    What would become known as the Prest-o-lite Battery Company, Inc., in this 1941 advertisement began as the Concentrated Acetylene Company, a business venture between James Allison, Carl Fisher, and P.C. Avery.  The business originated in...

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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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