GretchCannon: 12.2019


Travel Blog / 4 Interesting Historical Facts about Indianapolis

I went to Indiana last month to visit my girlfriend and her family and I loved it. I wanted to share a couple of pics and some interesting historical facts about Indianapolis that I came upon!

Here is a picture of me enjoying the beautiful fall weather in Indianapolis. I live in Southern California, so this was so cool to experience. 

Background: Indianapolis, founded in 1816, was chosen as a city because of its great location. It was thought that the White River would provide transportation in and out of the town. However, the river was too sandy and shallow, so it was not a viable source of transport.
Indianapolis is the United State’s largest major city that is not on a navigable river. Indianapolis has now grown into one of the largest cities in the country, and a sought-after location to live. It has such a dynamic vibe and has something to offer everyone.  
Take a look at some of these Indianapolis homes for sale, and you will understand why. If you can't stay, make sure you add it to your vacation destination wish list. Indianapolis is a city with a rich history. Read below to find out some interesting facts you may or may not know.
4 Interesting Historical Facts/ Places in Indianapolis:
1. The Slippery Noodle Inn
If you are visiting Indianapolis and into history, The Slippery Noodle Inn is a must-see. It is Indianapolis' oldest bar and was rumored to be frequented by John Dillinger and his posse during Prohibition. Brady and Dillinger used the back of the building for target practice, and some of the slugs are still visible on the wall today. The Inn has changed names and hands so many times, but their whole history is documented and can be found on their website. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Interestingly, it is a stop on the city's ghost tours because it is rumored to be haunted by some of the past guests when the bar hosted a brothel. It was even used as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Stop in, have a drink, and enjoy the rich history.
2. Indianapolis 500
One of the most famous races in our country is the Indianapolis 500. The first race was hosted in 1911 and was attended by over 80,000 guests that had each paid $1. Forty drivers qualified for the competition, and the prize for the winner was $25,000.  
A tradition that still stands today is the winner takes a sip of milk in celebration instead of champagne. It is a great honor to be chosen as the local dairy that provides the milk to the winner.
3. The Birthplace of Sliced Bread
Ever wonder where sliced bread began? Look no further than Indianapolis. Taggart Baking Company launched its famous Wonder Bread in 1921. They were the first major company to sell sliced bread and remain a household favorite almost 100 years later.
4. Elvis
Elvis Presley, The King, gave his last ever concert in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977. He performed for a crowd of 18,000 at the Indianapolis Market Square Arena. Attendees report that he appeared pale, weak, and overweight. There is footage of the final concert that is available. Three months later, in 1977, he passed away in his home. Many die-hard Elvis fans still flock to Indianapolis to pay respects to The King.
I hope you liked this travel blog and research I did! I would love to post more like this in the near future!
Gretch Cannon


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