About six months after the allies in World War I signed an armistice with Germany, soldiers returned home to Indianapolis. The city held a Welcome Home Day on May 7, 1919, with a day-long celebration that included a parade and family reunions. A victory arch, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was […]
A crowd lines up outside the Indiana Theatre on June 14, 1944, to see the film “Home in Indiana,” a Henry Hathaway-directed movie about horse racing in Indiana. The film had its world debut in Indianapolis, and one of its stars, Jeanne Crain, visited Indiana for the premiere and to support local war-bond drives. The […]
Gov. Robert Orr stands beside a large elephant, while Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut pets a baby elephant during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new zoo on Sept. 14, 1985. Washington Park Children’s Zoo, the city’s first zoo, opened in April 1964 at George Washington Park on East 30th Street. Two decades later, zoo officials wanted […]
In his first presidential campaign, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was governor of New York at the time, made a stop in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, just days before the 1932 election, which was taking place in the middle of the Great Depression.
The Marion County Courthouse was completed in 1876 at 200 E. Washington St.
Wheeler Mission was founded in 1893 under the name Door of Hope and led by William V. Wheeler, a hardware salesman who volunteered his time.
While campaigning in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968, for the Democratic nomination for president, U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy of New York, broke the news of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
Leedy Manufacturing Co. in 1910 built a three-story building at the corner of Palmer Street and Barth Avenue, later expanding it to more than 51,000 square feet, to build drums.
The first mine in Warrick County—in the heart of Indiana’s coal country—opened on Pigeon Creek in 1818. By the end of that century, the Pigeon Creek area had some 97 active mines.