Seven Striking Images of Historic Indianapolis

From L. S. Ayres to the Claypool Hotel

In 1816, Congress decided to give the state of Indiana four square miles to lay out a capital city. Four years later, the spot of that land was finally chosen near where Fall Creek meets the White River. 

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In the years since, many buildings, companies, legends, and people have come and gone. While they are now only shadows of the past, they help to form the history and heart of Indianapolis.

Images in this gallery were sourced from Lost Indianapolis by John P. McDonald