During a smallpox epidemic, Indianapolis built its first hospital—in the middle of a swamp.
Backtrack: The Colts’ First-Ever Home Game
Out of the gate.
Backtrack: Indy’s First Black Expo
From that first weekend to the 11-day extravaganza it is today, Black Expo has blossomed.
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.
Backtrack: Dora Atkins
How a top Indianapolis florist planted the seeds of her own destiny.
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.
Backtrack: William E. English
An officer and a gentleman.
Backtrack: Past Blue Ribbon
Indianapolis Brewing Company took the gold ribbon at every World’s Fair between 1900 and 1915.
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.
Big Ideas From Indy's Past
Talk about a Hail Mary. In 1982, city leaders built an NFL stadium without a team.