Memory Bank: Building a seawall along Fall Creek

Fall Creek, which flows 57 miles from Pendleton to the White River in downtown Indianapolis, was a key part of architect George Kessler’s plans for a park and boulevard program that was revealed in 1909 and built and expanded over the next decades. The project included three regional parks and a system of greenways, plus several stone and concrete arched bridges across Fall Creek. In this photo, taken July 11, 1910, workers are excavating for a seawall to be built along Fall Creek’s banks just east of Illinois Street.

Sources: Indiana Historical Society, National Park Service

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