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Indianapolis Illustrated

Indianapolis illustrated : the capital city of Indiana : its growth, resources, commerce, manufacturing interests, financial institutions, and prospects, also sketches of the leading business concerns which contribute to the city's progress and prosperity : a complete history of the city from foundation to the present time (1893)


    Ranking among the most prosperous and enterprising commercial centers of our rapidly expanding country, stands the city of Indianapolis, capital of the State of Indiana, and the most populous city within the bounds of her broad domain.  Singularly fortunate in her geographical advantages, being situated in the very heart of the State, surrounded by a territory, rich in agricultural, mineral and other natural resources, having unsurpassed transportation facilities, she stands to-day as the great center from which radiate many of the great manufacturing, educational and financial interests, which have so rapidly developed this great and noble State.  Few cities in the country have such ample transportation facilities as has Indianapolis, and her communication with all parts of the country by rail is direct and rapid.  The history of Indianapolis is one of continuous struggle against great obstacles and strong competition, but her growth in spirits of adverse circumstances during the last decade has been rapid and permanent, and she is to-day financially in a strong and healthy condition, the educational center of the State, and socially as well as in all other respects offers valuable inducements, both for business and residence that are fully demonstrated by her wonderful development and prosperity.  Indianapolis was first settled in 1819 or 1820, and during the latter year was selected as the State Capital, and during the same year the present city site as platted by Alexander Ralston.  It was also in December of this year that Marion County was organized, and in 1832 the town was duly incorporated, although it was not till 1836 that the action of citizens was duly legalized by special act of the legislature.  An act re-0incorporating the town was adopted February 17, 1838, and this act provided among other things the including within its corporate limits the four sections or "donations" of land made by Congress upon the admission of the State in 1816.

    From this time on the city grew rapidly by reason of the fact that enterprising merchants and manufacturers quickly realized the many advantages offered by this infant city, and every branch of commercial enterprise began springing up.  Manufactories were established, weekly papers issued, school houses erected, and backed by ample capital, and the untiring energy of its citizens, the city has kept pace with the rapid strides of modern development, and it can truthfully be said that Indianapolis has before it a brilliant future.

    The city is well laid out, its streets broad, the larger portion of them paved, and lighted by electricity.  Its business and manufacturing structures are substantially built, and many of them are triumphs of modern architecture, while few cities have a better equipped street railway system.

State Capitol at Indianapolis



   
The public buildings, of which the State Capitol Building is the most conspicuous feature, are among the most attractive points of interest to the visitor, and include the State House, Court House, Union Depot, Masonic Hall, Commercial Club, Public Library, County Jail and other State institutions.

    The great wholesale and jobbing interests of the city, together with its vast manufacturing industries will be treated at length in the following pages of this review in order that the reader may have a clearer conception of the prominent position which Indianapolis holds to-day in the commercial and financial circles of the country.

    The State of Indiana ranks among the prominent agricultural sections of the country, and this owing to the fact of its having a rich soil, a temperate and equal climate, and unsurpassed facilities for natural and artificial drainage, offers substantial inducements for investment in farm lands and the pursuit of agriculture.

New Public Library


   
Indiana is bounded on the north by Michigan, east by Ohio, south by the Ohio river, and on the west by Illinois.  She has a total area of 36,119 square miles, or 23,116,160 acres.  To the east and northeast of the city of Indianapolis, there is an inexhaustible supply of volitic limestone, the most important mineral deposit in the State.  In Washington County alone there are 200 square miles of this formation, much of which has an average thickness of forty feet, and many other counties have equally as good deposits.  This stone, which is unexcelled for building purposes, and of which there is an unlimited supply, exists chiefly in Putnam, Monroe, Owen, Lawrence and Washington counties.  A large coal producing area, covering a tract of 7,000 miles, extends through Fountain, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay, Park, Owen, Knox, Green, Martin, Daviess, Posey, Pike, Dubois, Warrick, Vanderburg, Spencer and Perry counties, and coal mines have been successfully worked in all this territory since 1888.  The entire State, especially the southern portion, has always been rich in the growth of hardwood lumber, with considerable amounts of oak, ash, sugar, beech, hickory, linn, sycamore, etc., in other sections, and large forests of oak and hickory in the eastern part of the State.

    There are many mineral springs scattered throughout the State the waters of which are sought after far and wide by invalids for their medicinal properties; among the most noted of which are the Sulphur Springs at French Lake and Weisbaden in Orange County.  But one feature which has made the State of Indiana noted throughout the country is its natural gas, which is found in seemingly inexhaustible quantities throughout a wide portion of its territory, and which has given to Indianapolis an unlimited supply of fuel, the cheapest and most easily handled to be found in the world, and due reference of which will be made in future pages of this work.

    From the brief description of the many and varid [sic] sources of wealth of this great State of Indiana previously given, it will readily be seen that the city of Indianapolis, lying within the very center of this rich and fertile country, has advantages and opportunities for growth and development seldom accorded to any city, and how well she has availed herself of these advantages will be briefly depicted in the following pages of this review. 

[NOTE:  In the below sections, some photos may not appear on the same page as the book since some photos are not discussed in the same material.]


EARLY DATES AND DATA
GEOGRAPHICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL CHARACTERISTICS
POPULATION
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT
POLICE DEPARTMENT
FIRE DEPARTMENT
MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
THE STATE HOUSE
MARION COUNTY COURT HOUSE
MASONIC TEMPLE
ODD FELLOWS' HALL
TOMLINSON'S HALL
THE ARSENAL
EXPOSITION BUILDING
YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
PARKS AND STREETS
EDUCATIONAL
NORTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
INDIANAPOLIS YOUNG LADIES' INSTITUTE
BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS
CHURCHES
RAILROADS
BELT LINE AND UNION DEPOT
BANKS AND BANKING
BOARD OF TRADE
THE COMMERCIAL CLUB
REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE
TAXATION AND VALUATION
NATURAL GAS
TRADE AND COMMERCE
MANUFACTURING INTERESTS
THE FUTURE
WORLD'S FAIR
RAILWAY OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYES ACCIDENT ASSOCIATION
KIMBERLIN MANUFACTURING COMPANY
SIMEON COY
GLOBE ACCIDENT INSURANCE CO.
PETE SINDLINGER
G. A. BOECKLING
L. A. FULMER, GENERAL CONTRACTOR
GEO. MERRITT & CO.
CHAS. MAYER & CO.
KINGAN & CO., PORK PACKERS
MARCEAU & POWER, PHOTOGRAPHERS
CHANDLER & TAYLOR CO., BOILER AND ENGINE MANUFACTURERS
LAYMAN & CAREY COMPANY, WHOLESALE AND JOBBERS OF HARDWARE, ETC.
INDIANAPOLIS COFFIN COMPANY
JAS. E. JAY, THE STAG
THE KEYLESS LOCK COMPANY
COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
S. F. GALLOWAY
THE LION CLOTHING MANUFACTURING CO.
C. T. BEDFORD, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DRUGGIST, AND PHYSICIANS' SUPPLY HOUSE
THE KNICKERBOCKER REGULATOR COMPANY
J. A. RINK
UDELL WOODENWARE WORKS
NORDYKE & MARMON COMPANY
MINER & ELBREG
THE UNION STOCK YARDS COMPANY
THE INDIANAPOLIS BREWING COMPANY
C. & A. POTTS & CO.
ART EMBOSSING MACHINE COMPANY
THE KINGSTON
G. R. WYSONG & CO.
F. W. FRANK
H. C. FISK & SON
THE ANDROVETTE ART GLASS COMPANY
HOME LUMBER COMPANY
NATIONAL BUILDING, LOAN AND SAVINGS ASSOCIATION
M. RUMELY COMPANY
JENNEY ELECTRIC MOTOR COMPANY
BARON BROTHERS
S. N. GOLD & CO.
PIONEER BRASS WORKS
A. H. STURTEVANT & CO.
L. A. CATT
J. S. THURMAN & CO.
BOICOURT, TYNER & CO.
WM. LANGSENKAMP
FAHNLEY & McCREA
THE F. E. FULLER CLOAK AND SUIT COMPANY
FAMOUS STOVE COMPANY
BALKE & KRAUSS
WACHS & GERLACHMRS. J. M. HUNTER
JOHN GUEDELHOEFER
HEEB & OSBORN
MADISON BREWING COMPANY
JULIUS MIESSEN
W. D. ALLISON COMPANY
HENDRICKS & COOPER
MERIDIAN NATIONAL BANK
GEO. W. SLOAN
HENRY NICOLAI
FORT, JOHNSTON & CO.
FOSTER & BENNETT LUMBER COMPANY
JACOB METZGER & CO.
DYER & RASSMANN
LAMBUR PHARMACY
KIPP BROTHERS COMPANY
THE INDIANAPOLIS NATIONAL BANK
A. W. STEVENS & SON
M. SELLS & CO.
STOCKTON, GILLESPIE & CO.
PORT HURON ENGINE AND THRESHER COMPANY
THE POINDEXTER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
HOWLAND & JOHNSON
W. M. WILLIAMS
ANHEUSER BUSCH BREWING ASSOCIATION
F. C. HUNTIGTON & CO.
THE C. H. BLACK MANUFACTURING COMPANY
BOOTH'S STABLES
GEO. K. SHARE & CO.
FRED. W. BRANDT
WILLIAM SCHAFER
THOS. E. POTTER
JACOB BOS.
THE INDIANA VETERINARY INFIRMARY
H. P. WASSON & CO.
LEE HOLTZMAN
ROCKWOOD MANUFACTURING COMPANY
COMRADE H. W. TUTEWILER
JOHN SHEA & BROTHER
THOMAS H. GAGE
MODE & KARLE
HENRY D. RIDGELY
V. P. EVANS
STANDARD MANUFACTURING COMPANY
DUNLAP & VOLKENING
C. W. COULTER
SAMULE LAING
I. CIENER
JOHN C. DUNN
WILLIAM T. MARCY
TUCKER'S GLOVE STORE
BROWNING & SON
CONNOR HARDWARE COMPANY
F. L. WILMOT & CO.
CHARLES W. GORSUCH
WM. KOTTEMAN
T. J. SMITHER
INDIANAPOLIS STEEL ROOFING AND CORRUGATING COMPANY
JOHN RAUCH
J. A. MURPHY & CO.
H. W. SCIBIRD
J. M. RYDER
HENLEY, EATON & CO.
COMPTON & RICE
HENDRICKSON, LEFLER & CO.
GRAND HOTEL
INDIANA NATIONAL BANK
D. KREGELO, SON & IRVIN
A. BABER & CO.
CHIEF MANUFACTURING COMPANY
ROBERT KELLER
S. MUHL
EVANS LINSEED OIL WORKS
L. C. THOMPSON
L. S. STOCKMAN
AMERICAN LOUNGE COMPANY
THE STATE BANK OF INDIANA
INDIANA SUSPENDER COMPANY
JOHN D. GAULD
ORIGINAL MISFIT CLOTHING PARLORS
W. E. McMILLIN
GEO. MANNFELD
O. R. OLSEN
F. H. RUPERT
O. A. KEELY
F. E. WOLCOTT
FIDELITY BUILDINGS AND SAVINGS UNION
GEORGE W. KILLINGER
THE FASHION
C. J. TRUEMPER
H. . RAFFENSPERGER
EMPIRE THEATER
GEO. J. MAROTT
ELI LILLY & CO.
THE INDIANA FARMERS' SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION
BRINK & HOHL
THE HUBER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
CHARLES E. DUVALL
LOUIS G. DESCHLER
THE AMERICAN INSTALLMENT COMPANY
WM. ARCHDEACON
L. S. AYRES & CO.
M. K. FATOUT & SONS



INDIANA DENTAL COLLEGE
T. K. IGOE & CO.
THE GREAT ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC TEA COMPANY
EFROYMSON& WOLF
CHAS. J. KUHN
GEM STEAL LAUNDRY
EMRICH, PAULINI & CO.
MANN BROTHERS
H. R. A. BAUGHMAN
COX & GOSSOM
WM. C. REHLING
JOHN BLUMBERG
GROENWOLDT & BEHRINGER
CAPITAL MACHINE WORKS
CHANCE-MATTHEWS PRINTING COMPANY
JOHN ROSENBERG
BRADLEY, HOLTON & CO., INCORPORATED
EVERBROAD & PRUNK
WILLIAM T. LONG
H. KINZLY
R. S. CAMPLIN
THE HOME LIQUOR STORE
JEFFERY, POWELL & CO.
INDIANAPOLIS POLISHING WHEEL WORKS
THE HERANCOURT BREWING COMPANY
C. ZIMMERMAN & SON
J. S. FARRELL & CO.
THE AETNA SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION
THE SULLIVAN CLOAK AND SUIT COMPANY
CLEMENS VONNEGUT
JULIUS A. SCHULLER
JOHN F. SPIER
R. H. REES
DAY'S AURORA TEA STORE
HOWARD'S CARPET CLEANING WORKS
PEARSON'S MUSIC HOUSE
ROUSE BROTHERS & CO.
THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY
THE MULLEN-BLACKLEDGE COMPANY
WARD BROTHERS
THE INDIANAPOLIS WAREHOUSE COMPANY
HUSSEY & RUSSELL
M. R. STYER
R. G. HARSEIM
SEVERN, OSTERMEYER & CO.
B. H. VANIER
SMOCK ^& BRADEN
BANNON & CO.
KLEE & COLEMAN
J. FREIBERG & CO.
L. W. OTT MANUFACTURING COMPANY
BAKER & THORNTON
KRUSE & DEWENTER
NUTZ & GROSSKOPF
L. G. HOUGH
MOORE PACKING COMPANY
FRANK E. BROWN
NOEL BROS., FLOUR AND FEED COMPANY
YOUNG, DILDINE & McMURRAY
L. A. WESSLING
JAS. N. MAYHEW
CHARLES E. BARMM
WM. H. STOCKER, M. D.
FRANK H. SMITH
AMERICAN BOILER WORKS
E. E. REESE, D. D. S.
S. D. CRANE
HENRY SYERUP & SONS
W. P. MAINE
HENRY RUSSE
FAMOUS EAGLE
A. BORINSTEIN
RAHKE & BECH
C. E. GEISENDORFF & CO.
HIRAM PLUMMER
P.P. ELECTRIC REPAIR COMPANY
INDIANAPOLIS ART STAINED GLASS WORKS
THE MODEL FENCE COMPANY
CHARLES MAGUIRE
JOHN STEVENSON & CO.
WM. HAERLE
R.R. SHIEL & CO.
J. W. STAUB
C. E. DOWNEY CONFECTIONERY COMPANY
PAUL SHERMAN & CO.
C. F. ADAMS COMPANY
H. TOMLINSON
INDIANAPOLIS GRILLE AND NOVELTY CO.
JOSEPH F. KUNZ
S. ANDERSON
MRS. B. GILL
THE WOOD ORNAMENT COMPANY
WM. BUSCHMANN & CO.
H. A. WRIGHT
ENTERPRISE FOUNDRY AND FENCE CO.
OTTO SCHMIDT
F. M. ROTTLER
S. BINZER
R. SAMUELS
WEST SIDE PLANING MILL COMPANY
BAMBERGER'S NEW YORK HAT COMPANY
CHAS. THE GRANGER DRUG STORE
C. WATSON
W. H. BARR
FLANNER & BUCHANAN
GORDON & HARMON
WADDY & SON
A. A. HELPER & SON.
SCHWARTZ'S PHARMACY
INDIANAPOLIS BRUSH WORKS
JAS. L. KEACH
H. TECHENTIN & CO.
VOLZ BROTHERS
CHRISTIAN OFF & CO.
INDIANAPOLIS BOX FACTORY
HENRY RUSSE
O. C. WILGUS
W. H. BALLARD
MATTIL BROTHERS
R. I. EADS
R. F. CATTERSON & SON
MINNEAPOLIS ESTERLY HARVESTER COMPANY
SMITH, DAY & CO., LIMITED
SHAW & LANG
MAJOR TAYLOR
SCOFIELD, SHURMER& TEAGLE
AUGUST DIENER
JOHN F. JOHNSTON
INDIANAPOLIS BOX FACTORY
W. H. MESSENGER
F. PRANGE
WM. S. CANFIELD
D. A. LEMON
W. H. KERN
SAMUEL EHRISMAN
EDWARD C. REICK
J. T. POWER
L. E. CLARY
ARTHUR L. WALKER
WM. C. SMOCK
CAPITAL MACHINE WORKS
J. P. McKONKLE
RALSTON & BAUGHMAN
E. H. WILSON
JAMES BOGERT
W. McWORKMAN
J. A. PAPADOPEURIS
THOMAS A. THORNBURGH
CHARLES SNAVELY
HENRY C. SCHERGENS
E. W. TOMPKINS
J. M. SCOTT
WILLIAM H. RATHERT
THE PROVIDENT LIFE AND TRUST COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA
H. S. FOX
FRANKLIN HUNTER
JNO. A. KUTSCH
M. F. CUMMINGS
GEORGE C. MORRISON
J. E. WHELDEN
AD. HERETH
WELCH & McCLOSKEY
CLAY WHITELEY & CO.
NEW YORK UNDERWRITERS AGENCY
I. N. HEIMS
CENTRAL CHAIR COMPANY
WM. F. RUPP
BULLOCK & BOLTON
TANNER & SULLIVAN
J. C. PERRY & CO.
DEWALD & GALLIN
H. F. SOLLIDAY & CO.
F. M. SIMMONS
LANDERS & DONNELLY
RALSTON & ROBERTSON
INDIANAPOLIS PAINT AND COLOR COMPANY
L. F. ADAMS & CO.
ORIGINAL EAGLE CLOTHING COMPANY
MUMMENHOFF & CO.
AMERICAN INVESTMENT COMPANY
VINCH, SANZERI & CO.
F. MASCARI BROS. & CO.
FERD. A. MUELLER
N. A. MOORE & CO.
FOLEY BROS. & CO.
TURPIN & MATHEWS
LOUIS MEIER & CO.
PATTERSON & BUSBY
C. A. McCLEARY
INDIANA REAL ESTATE EXCHANGE
JAS. McGAULY
JAS. R. ROSS & CO.
C. A. EITEL

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