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Indianapolis cityscape, 1899

 

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While all of our collections touch on Indianapolis and Marion County in one way or another, the Indianapolis History collection is special in that it is dedicated solely to the creation and development of Indy. Inside you will find books about Indianapolis from as early as 1870, news from 1824, and sketches and photographs that show how the city has grown and changed over the years. 

 

The image above is the view from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in 1899, prior to its public dedication. The monument sits at the heart of the city in Monument Circle. As is reflected in the design of the Indianapolis flag and its nickname, the Circle is the hub of Indianapolis. This original Mile Square plan was designed by Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham and construction began in 1921. While downtown Indianapolis has certainly grown since the original Mile Square was conceived, the long avenues of Meridian and Market streets still crisscross the city, giving it a unique layout. 

 

The Indianapolis Public Library will continue to add to this collection from the Indianapolis Special Collections Room. We invite you to send suggestions for items we don't currently have available online and to check back frequently as we build this collection. 

 

This collection is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. 

 

 
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