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    Cobblestoned Streets

    by djramey Written Dec 29, 2003

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    Indianapolis, and Indiana for that matter, are rich in tradition and support their history by using back to basics architecture and design. The streets are no different. Whether you are visiting the most famous race track in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or the Monument Circle that highlights the downtown of the Capitol City, you will be bumping your way along on brick-layered roads.

    You will see however, that they are done very nicely and do not cause any damage to tire, foot, or wheel. The downtown area was recently renovated with nicer bricks and is constantly being managed to keep them in nice shape for all of Indianapolis' visitors and citizens.

    Cobblestoned Street
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    Circle Centre Mall

    by djramey Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    The addition of this 800,000 square foot shopping mall in Indianapolisý center has elevated Indyýs reputation as a legitimate market and business sector of the United States. When it opened for business in 1995, Circle Centre reinvented Indianapolis as an entertainment and attractive city in the Midwest. Before this major construction, Indianapolis was seen as the capital of a state famous for basketball, and not much more. Circle Centre might be arguably the most important structure in contemporary Indianapolis, both for locals and visitors of this, the 12th largest city in the United States.

    Containing stores like Nordstrom, Parisian, FAO Schwartz and The Museum Company, Circle Centre sits atop with malls like Minnesotaýs Mall of America (which were coincidently created and built by the same Indianapolis company, Simon Property Group Inc.). Costing $310 million, this four level shopping center brings in local customers and those in town for one of many amateur and professional sporting events and the over 120 national conventions held here. With all of this new shopping, Circle Centre is one of the finest and most desired shopping districts in the Midwest, if not the country.

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    The Monon Trail

    by sticki Updated Dec 19, 2002

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    This beautifully paved trail runs almost the length of the city and is still being extended in both directions. Perfect for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, etc. I think it's technically closed at night, and while I've still rollerbladed after dark, it's really not a good idea. While I'm sure it's pretty safe during the day, there have been a couple muggings at night. Be carefull near intersections, cuz the trail crosses some major roads and there are people out there who would love nothing more than to pick off a rollerblader or two.

    See, doesn't this look pleasant?

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    Crown Hill Cemetery

    by sticki Updated Dec 19, 2002

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    Alright, I admit I've got a weird thing for cemeteries. But even those who get a little creeped out by them should be able to appreciate Crown Hill. It goes on for acres in the middle of the city, even housing its own heard of deer and pack (?) of foxes. The highest point in Indianapolis is the hill on which James Whitcolm Riley is burried. Get a map from the info center at the gate, cuz you will get lost. Go on a nice day, park the car by the gate, and walk. Bank robber John Dillanger and US President Benjamin Harrison are among those burried here. Bonus if you can go in fall when the leaves are turning. This is by far my favorite place in Indy.

    Crown Hill in Fall...ahhhh.

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    Military Park

    by staindesign Written Aug 10, 2006

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    This park is the oldest park in Indiana and it is located right downtown. It is one of 3 piece of land that the congress donated in 1827 that cannot be bought nor sold by the Government. It was originally set aside for military purposes, it was used for the first state fair, and today it is used as a place for festivals and recreation. It is sort of like the "backyard" of white river state park and on the side of IUPUI.

    This park is a diamond in the ruff. People of Indianapolis don't understand the historical importance of this park and I believe the White River State Park is renting out its soul every couple of weekends during the summer. The park is in sever need of rehablitation, the trees are beautiful but in need of trimming and the summer house is really interesting but is falling apart. It could be like the other beautiful parks which are located also downtown. Regular maintainance is needed and if they want to use the park for festivals than why don't they put the money into it to make it more accessable. On a positive note, I would like to say the park is very clean; the White River State Park does do a good job of clean up after the festivals! Litter is very low.

    The company I work for is trying to get a grant to help the park, it is a great cause. And I would like to encourage visitors to come to the festivals and support the action of rehabilitation. This October 2006, the summer house will be renovated. It was made in 1910, i think by now it needs a little work. I went there recently and the house has a back area and I was told some homeless people live there sometimes. It smells like urine inside, so I would suggest until the renovation is complete, maybe it would be better to admire on the outside!

    Festivals : Jazz Fest, Rib America Fest, Latino Festival, & Vintage Indiana wine & food Festival

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    Duck Pin Bowling : Fountain Square

    by staindesign Written Aug 15, 2006

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    This place is so cute! In the basement and on the 3rd floor they have duck Pin Bowling. The alleys are shorter than normal and the balls are half the size of normal. The balls don't have holes in them, you just throw the ball down to the end. In my opinion it is best to go to the third floor bowling alley, it has a nice view there. If you go there around 2-3pm when they are slowed down you can ask for a tour of the building. You can go behind the bowling machines on the 3rd floor and if you look on the ceiling you can see signiture of kids that use to have the job to set up the pins. It is really cool! While you are there you should check out all of the bowling antiques, sort of a funny thing see. But it is really interesting all the stuff they have!

    3rd floor bowling Alley Pin setters signitures Lanes on 3rd floor
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    Pacer's Game

    by staindesign Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    The Pacers are the NBA team of Indianapolis. It is fun to go to a game, parking is fairly easy around the Conseco FieldHouse. Tickets are about $10 half way up. The bottom half of the stadium is seasonal tickets.
    Also something to mention, the Brinkers (Conseco) FieldHouse also hosts many concerts, so if you are planning to be in town you should check out ticketmaster.com to see who might be preforming.

    *Like most sports teams the ticket price is varied based upon how well they are performing.

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    Web site

    by staindesign Written Aug 10, 2006

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    I just saw the new indianapolis web site. I think it is good because it gives really good advice about what to do here. Even if you are only going to be here a short time, you can really cram a lot of stuff into one day. I would check out this web site, it is a lot better than others I have seen for other cities.

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    Fountain Square, 1 of 6 cultural districts

    by staindesign Written Aug 15, 2006

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    Currently Aug. 2006, this is how fountain square looks like. Next year it will be under construction and it will be revitalized. It is going to be really beautiful. Green 3, the company I work for is designing the project. This is definitely a place that you won't want to miss after the construction. Besides the beautification, it really needs to be done because when it rains here, the streets turn into river rapids. This pioneer family fountain will be moved over to a pedistrian area of the square and this big fountain will be replaced with its original fountain of Lady Spray.

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    Salsa Dance Lessons

    by staindesign Written Aug 9, 2006

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    check out the into salsa web site. Their classes are at various dance clubs in the city and they have a central studio downtown. In this picture are the owners and main teachers. Yang & Erin as sonny & cher, this was at last years Halloween Dance at the Vault Club. Most Holidays they have a special dance at a club.

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  • Wholesale District

    by sambarnett Written Jan 13, 2003

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    Your traveling companions want to shop but you'd rather walk the streets and admire some fine buildings (or vice versa)? If it comes to that, head to the Wholesale District, bounded by Capitol Avenue, Maryland, Delaware and South Streets, south of the Circle Center mall. In addition to all kinds of "theme" restaurants, shops and other touristy distractions are over 50 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed mainly between 1867 and 1930, Victorian and Terra Cotta splendor abounds.

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  • Walker Building

    by sambarnett Updated Jan 19, 2003

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    Following her divorce, Madame C.J. Walker, daughter of Louisiana slaves, moved her cosmetics and hair care business from Denver to Indianapolis. Business flourished and she became the first African American female millionaire. Walker passed away in 1919 and this wedge-shaped building was built in 1927 under the direction of her daughter A'Lelia.
       Located at the triangular intersection of West Street, Indiana Avenue, MLK Jr. Street and North Street, this building was the focal point for Indy's famed Indiana Avenue black community. Great black artists like the Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and local guitar legend Wes Montgomery all graced the stage here. Renovated in the early 1980s, the Walker Building serves as a center of Indy's black culture.

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    Old National Center (Murat)

    by staindesign Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    This is one of the main theatres in downtown Indianapolis. Everything from concerts, to musicals, to first Friday food truck festivals; can be found here. It is located in the Mass Ave cultural district. There are several local places to eat and drink before a show. Some favorites include Old Point Tavern, McNivens, BazBeaux, and The Rathskeller. Parking can be tricky but not impossible, either pay $10-$20 event parking or park several blocks and walk. In general, the area is safe to walk around after dark.

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  • State House Grounds - Morton Statue

    by grkboiler Written Mar 21, 2005

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    In front of the east entrance of the State House is a statue of Oliver P. Morton (1823-1877). He was the 14th governor of Indiana (1861-1867) and served during the Civil War. He was also a US Senator from 1867 until his death. The soldiers on each side represent the good treatment towards Indiana's soldiers that Morton was popular for.

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  • State House Grounds - Hendricks Statue

    by grkboiler Written Mar 21, 2005

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    A very interesting statue of Thomas A. Hendricks (1819-1885) stands to the southeast of the State House. He was the 16th governor of Indiana (1873-1877).

    The plaque reads:

    "Thomas Andrews Hendricks. Vice President of the United States with Democrat President Grover Cleveland, 1885. Born September 7, 1819, near Zanesville, Ohio. Died November 25, 1885, Indianapolis, Buried at Crown Hill Cemetery. Represented Shelby County: Indiana House of Representatives, 1848-49. Delegate, State Constitutional Convention, 1850-51. Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1851-55. Commissioner, U.S. General Land Office, Washington, D.C., 1855-59. United States Senator from Indiana, 1863-69. Governor of Indiana, 1873-77.

    Hendricks won the popular vote as Vice Presidential candidate with Samuel J. Tilden, but lost contested Electoral votes awarded to Rutherford B. Hayes, 1876. Nephew of William Hendricks, Governor of Indiana, 1821-25. Moved to Shelby County Indiana, 1822. Graduated, Hanover College, 1841. Married Eliza C. Morgan, 1845. Lifelong opponent of Republican Oliver P. Morton, Indiana's Civil War Governor and Post-War Unites States Senator, whose statue stands on the east side of the Capitol. Sculpted by Richard H. Park. Erected in 1890, this statue faces toward Shelbyville."

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