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Indianapolis History

Historic black and white photo of a man throwing a football from the stands to begin an NFL game.
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Backtrack: The Colts’ First-Ever Home Game

Out of the gate.

Historic black and white photograph of a cultural exposition.
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Backtrack: Indy’s First Black Expo

From that first weekend to the 11-day extravaganza it is today, Black Expo has blossomed.

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Backtrack: Indianapolis Soap Box Derby

For these boys and girls, the most important car race of the year isn’t the Indianapolis 500; it’s the Soap Box Derby.

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Backtrack: Dora Atkins

How a top Indianapolis florist planted the seeds of her own destiny.

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Backtrack: Thanksgiving Parade

Lined up for a Thanksgiving parade, the neatly attired Station K newsboys in this photograph look like fresh-faced youngsters straight out of central casting.

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Backtrack: William E. English

An officer and a gentleman.

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Backtrack: Past Blue Ribbon

Indianapolis Brewing Company took the gold ribbon at every World’s Fair between 1900 and 1915.

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Social Media: Historic Photos from the Indianapolis Press Club

When Prohibition ended, the boozy, bawdy days of the Indianapolis Press Club began. Patrons favored a martini “so potent that on the third sip” their tongues would be “paralyzed,” according to one account.

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Big Ideas From Indy's Past

Talk about a Hail Mary. In 1982, city leaders built an NFL stadium without a team.

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