• Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc. Monday: Bicycling Indy in 1896

    In the 1890’s, bicycles were more than a hot commodity, but also an obsession– nationally and in Indianapolis. A contentious, relevant topic of the era was “Sidewalk Riding.” A May 1896 article lead with: “West...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Marsh Road

    Marsh Rd. Location:  Pike Township Abraham Marsh and family, early landowners of Pike Township The Marsh family was among the earliest settlers of Pike Township and owned land throughout Pike Township.   Two of the first...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Warman Avenue

    Warman Ave. Location:  West Indianapolis Henry & Enoch Warman, early settlers Warman was once the home of two brothers, Henry and Enoch Warman, who were early settlers in Marion County.  The family was one of...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Traub Avenue

    Traub Avenue Location:  West Indianapolis Jacob Traub and William H. Traub, early landowners and businessmen Jacob Traub was born in Wurtemberg, Germany in 1811, and came to America with four of his siblings on a...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s In a Name: Miley Avenue

    Miley Ave. Location:  West Indianapolis John S. Miley, lumber merchant and landowner John Miley was an early businessman in Indianapolis.  He was born around 1816 in Wurtemburg, Germany.  In 1874, he ran a saw mill,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: McCarty Street

    McCarty St. Location:  Downtown, Southeast Named For: Nicholas McCarty, one of the first white settlers of Indianapolis McCarty was born September 26, 1795 in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia) but moved to Pittsburgh...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Leonard Street

    Leonard St. Location: Near East side, Running North-South Named for: Caroline L. Leonard, landowner Leonard Street runs through what was a residential development known as “CL Leonards Barth Heirs Addition.”  CL Leonard is believed to...

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  • Posted in: WTH WTH: Wrong on Reisner

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. Surveying this specimen, please note: Hodgepodge shapes/sizes/placements of windows and doors Drainage as decor, front and center–somewhat hiding the skinny porch posts Hard to...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Barnhill Drive

    Barnhill Drive Location:  Downtown, IUPUI campus Named For: Robert Barnhill, early settler Robert Barnhill was one of the first white men to settle in Marion County, arriving March 6, 1820. Barnhill was born February 28,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Barnes Avenue

    Barnes Avenue Location:  North Indianapolis Albert A. Barnes, president, Udell Works Albert Barnes was a businessman who owned land in the area around Barnes Avenue.  He donated the land and money in 1889 to the...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Aqueduct Street

    Aqueduct St. Location: Central Canal-Fall Creek aqueduct     The Central Canal through Indianapolis was originally a part of what was supposed to be a statewide canal system.  The path of the canal ran through...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: Riley’s Lockerbie Street

    Birthday of beloved Hoosier, James Whitcomb Riley is just 5 days away (born 7 October1849). In his honor, we share the view of the home where Riley spent the last 20+ years of his life,...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? TALBOTT AVENUE, not STREET

    The old Tinker homestead, looking north from 16th Street, formerly Tinker Street Once upon a time, before there was a thoroughfare of any name or form, much of current day Talbott Avenue (within Herron-Morton Place)...

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