Street Numbering in Indianapolis

Marion County, Indiana
Street Numbering in Indianapolis
"Indianapolis, The First Century"
by Hester Ann Hale

The numbering system is another good example of how the city had to change as it grew. Before 1890 all buildings were numbered 1 to 500, fifty buildings to a block, starting where the street began and continuing to its end. A person unfamiliar with the street would have difficulty finding the number's location. But after that date, the buildings were renumbered, using Meridian and Washington Streets as dividing lines. There were 100 building numbers to a block with odd and even numbers on opposite sides of the street. Also that year, all duplicate street names were eliminated, and street name plates were put up all over the city. Prior to 1890 each developer could use any street name on his plat, even names of streets already in the city.

The numbering of streets was another matter. Above North Street at the northern line of the Mile Square later came, in sequence, Walnut, St Clair, Pratt, and St. Joseph streets. Beyond that point the numbering began. At that time Pratt became 9th Street and so on. The streets south of Pratt were not given numbers. Because they were platted in different additions, many of the cross streets did not connect and bore different names. Tenth Street, for example, replaced Cherry Street east of Centra1 and Clifford Avenue north of the Arsenal grounds.

According to the Ordinance of 1895 the city numbering system changed according to the following table:

1st 10th
2nd 11th
3rd 12th
4th 13th
5th 14th
6th 15th
7th 16th
8th 17th
9th 18th
10th 19th
11th 20th
12th 21st
13th 22nd
14th 23rd
15th 24th
16th 25th
17th 26th
18th 27th
19th 28th
20th 29th
21st 30th
22th 31st
23rd 32nd
24th 33rd
25th 34th
26th 35th
27th 36th
28th 37th
29th 38th
30th 39th
Mississippi became Senate
Tennessee became Capitol

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