Indianapolis is the capital city of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. The 2000 Census counted the city's population at 781,870. It is Indiana's most populous city and is the 13th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest, and the second most populous Capital in the U.S., behind Phoenix, Arizona. Indianapolis has hosted numerous sporting events including; the 1987 Pan American Games, both Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the United States Grand Prix (2000-2007), and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500. The labels of The Amateur Sports Capital of the World, and The Racing Capital of the World, have both been applied to the city.
The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among the fastest growing in the Midwest and the United States, with growth centered in the surrounding counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson. Hamilton and Hendricks Counties are currently the fastest growing counties in Indiana. Currently, the Combined Statistical Area stands at 1,984,644, making it the 23rd largest in the U.S.
The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
is a 284-feet tall neoclassical oolitic limestone
and bronze monument
in the center of Indianapolis, Indiana
(and Marion County, Indiana
). It was erected to honor Hoosiers
who were veterans of the American Revolution
, territorial conflicts that partially led up to the War of 1812
, the Mexican-American War
, and the US Civil War
. It was designed by German
architect Bruno Schmitz
, and was completed in 1901. In addition to its external commemorative statuary and fountains, the basement of the monument is the Colonel Eli Lilly
Museum, a museum of Indiana
history during the American Civil War
. There is also an observation deck that can be reached by stairs for free or by elevator for a $1.00 charge.
The circle is the standard symbol of the city of Indianapolis, and the city's flag is an iconic representation of Monument Circle and the two streets (Meridian and Market) that feed into and out of it. One of Indy's recognizable nicknames, "the Circle City" comes from Monument Circle. At one time, it was illegal to build any building taller than the monument within Indianapolis city limits, although there are now many skyscrapers exceeding its size.
The poem America, Messiah of Nations was written by James Whitcomb Riley for the dedication of the monument and was transformed into a march by John Philip Sousa. Both Riley and Sousa performed the poem and march at the dedication ceremonies.
On this day in Indianapolis history...
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL)
is the public library
system that serves the citizens of Marion County
, United States
and its largest city, Indianapolis
. The library was founded in 1873 and has grown to include a Central Library building, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, and 22 branch libraries spread throughout Marion County. According to a March 13, 2007 press release, the Library boasted over 5.43 million visitors and a record-high circulation of nearly 13.8 million items in 2006.
Jacob Piatt Dunn
(April 12, 1855 - June 6, 1924) was a Hoosier historian and author of several books. He was instrumental in making the Indiana Historical Society
an effective group, serving as its secretary for decades. He was also instrumental in the Indiana Public Library Commission. As an ethnologist, his main concern was that of the Miami Indians
of Indiana and the preservation of their language. His greater Indianapolis
treatise was his most important work as an amateur historian. He also served as adviser to Indiana governor Thomas Marshall
and Senator Samuel Ralston
. He was responsible for a new Indianapolis city charter, and use of the Australian ballot
law for the city (1889), even though he never ran for office.
He would release Massacres of the Mountains: a History of the Indian Wars of the Far West 1815-1875 in 1886. Relying heavily on government documents, it was the first scholarly attempt at the subject, winning him considerable fame for publishing such a "minor classic". Massacres to this day is held in high regard by those interested in the history of the American frontier. At this time Houghton Mifflin were working on a series of books called the American Commonwealths, and invited Dunn to write the Indiana volume of the series.
- “Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for.” -- former IRL driver Al Unser
- “What's that? Uh -- Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!” -- former Colts coach Jim E. Mora
- “The jazz scene - or the lack of it - has no correlation to my move back to Indianapolis. I wanted Indianapolis to be my home, and it is my home.” -- Jazz Musician J. J. Johnson