The city of Indianapolis was founded in 1821 and quickly grew. It has a rich history that is quite important to the foundation of many cities, states, and even our nation as we know it today. \ The location for the new state capital was chosen by Governor Jennings because he felt there would be good access to transportation via major rivers and roads leading into the area, which were all very prominent at this time period.
There are so many things to learn about Indianapolis’ past such as its founder being from my home state! A young man named Alexander Ralston came here with his family when they immigrated after living in New York State for some time. He had moved around due to his father’s occupation working on canals; his father needed to move the family quite frequently. Ralston’s life in Indianapolis started when he was hired as William Hendricks’ assistant surveyor on his expedition team, which marked the survey of central Indiana and laid out several counties that still exist today. He stayed here for just a few years but eventually ended up moving back home to Utica, New York where he died at an old age later in 1832.
While Alexander Ralston is not well-known among most people, citizens like myself can celebrate other figures who made major impacts on our state such as Benjamin Harrison (who was president from 1889–1893) or even Colonel Eli Lilly (founder of what we know today as Eli Lilly and Company). Historians believe it was Colonel Lilly who gave Indianapolis the nickname of “The Crossroads of America” because he believed it was centrally located between New York City and Chicago (the two major cities at this time). These are just a few important people that influenced our city’s past. I’m sure there will be many more to come!
Today, we see Indianapolis as a thriving, metropolitan city full of life. It’s such an amazing place with wonderful people who love to celebrate their heritage and take pride in the accomplishments made by those before us!
Additionally, Indianapolis is a major sports city and home to several professional teams including the Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indy Eleven (NASL, soccer) as well as many minor league baseball, basketball and other sporting events that occur year-round.
Another thing, Indianapolis is also known for its many festivals! Some of these include the largest one-day festival in America, 500 Festival along with Indy Pride and Gen Con which are a few that occur annually.
Lastly, Indianapolis has long been considered as “The Crossroads” because it’s centrally located between so many other major cities including Chicago and New York City to name just two; there are several highways leading into the city as well as an airport serving more than 60 destinations worldwide. I can’t think of any other place where I’d rather live!
It is very nice to remember the history of your hometown, I hope this blog pos is a Helpful one!