• Posted in: In the Park In the Park: A Baaaaa-a-a-d Idea Turned Good

      The Indianapolis Parks system history is filled with delightful stories of united communities, honored heroes, and family fun. But there are a few tales in our city’s annals that might also raise an eyebrow...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Riverside Bathing Beach

    Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FEB 1911 – 12:30 PM Message: Dear Annie – Rec’d card after you were home I guess. Why didn’t you call us up. I would have broken my neck to go to...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: The Riverside Bear Pit

    Forty years before Indianapolis Star columnist Lowell Nussbaum organized a fundraising drive for an Indianapolis Zoo, Riverside Park housed two bears, five foxes, two eagles, one monkey, 12 alligators, and eight deer. Built at the...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name? – Heslar Naval Armory

    Photo: Ryan Hamlett Named For: Ola Fred Heslar, Chief of Naval Affairs for Indiana, U.S. Navy Reserves Ola Fred Heslar was born in Brazil, Indiana in 1891 and grew up in Brazil, Crawfordsville, and Indianapolis.  He...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: In the Good Old Winter Time

    In the Good Old Winter Time at Riverside, Indianapolis, Indiana Image courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections. January 2014 will go on record as one of the coldest months in Indianapolis’ history. Pipes burst, the...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indy Parks & Recreation

    Reader’s Question: I saw that Indy Parks may privatize our city’s parks, which makes me wonder about the history of the park system.  Can you tell me the who, what, why, when, where, and how...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Lake Reginald Sullivan

    Lake Reginald Sullivan on Indy’s near northwest side. – Photo by Ryan Hamlett There is little evidence to remind us of Indianapolis’ swampy beginnings here as we approach our 200th year of existence. The forests...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Colonnade

    Colonnade. A colonnade is a series of columns, spaced evenly apart in a straight line, which supports a roof or entablature (the “stuff” found above the columns). Although colonnades may date from Greek and Roman...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: Allison Mansion, Marian University

    How lovely it must be to conduct one’s daily work from the Allison Mansion at Riveredale–part of the campus of  Marian University, alongside Riverside Park It’s hard to believe there’s a home anywhere in the...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: Thomas Taggart Memorial

    Sunday Prayers- Thomas Taggart Memorial, Riverside Park Sticking to this month’s “Political” theme, I had to play this one again, Sam. There are plenty of buildings in our fair metropolis that are prayer-worthy, but at...

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