A Stop in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Our route eastward took us through Indianapolis, a city we enjoy, so we stopped there for a few days to visit.  We’ve stayed at  Lake Haven Retreat, a decent RV park just south of the  I-465 beltway, on previous stops in the area so we reserved four nights there again.

On our first full day here we headed downtown to see some sites we missed during our previous visits.  Our first destination was Monument Circle, a circular, brick-paved street that intersects Meridian and Market streets in the center of the downtown.

Apparently they forgot the “I” so a Colts cheerleader stood in for the photo

At the center of the circle is the Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a 284 foot obelisk.  The monument’s original purpose was to honor Hoosiers who were veterans of the Civil War.  However, it is also a tribute to Indiana’s soldiers who served during the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War, and the Spanish–American War.  The monument is the first in the country to be dedicated to the common soldier.

The memorial is ringed with several notable outdoor sculptures and statues.

The basement of the monument contains the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum,  a museum of Indiana history during the Civil War.  Lilly served with distinction in the Civil War (spending the last years of the war as a POW) and later founded the famous drug company.  He donated a large amount of money to the construction of the monument.

If you look to the west down Market Street,  you see the main entrance to the Indiana State House just two blocks away.

The Indiana State House is the state capitol building of Indiana. It houses the Indiana General Assembly, the office of the Governor of Indiana, the Supreme Court of Indiana, and other state officials.   We stopped in to see Gov. Pence but apparently he was off touring the country.

Looking past the statue of Oliver Moore, governor during the Civil War, toward the Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Looking up at the dome inside the capitol building

Senate Chambers

House Chambers

After touring the capitol we walked back east past the monument to the City Market for lunch.  Built in 1886 the market now is filled with food vendors and has a nice eating area on the balcony surrounding the vendors.

Real Philly pretzels!

The humidity finally passed out of the area and Sunday afternoon had a moderate temperature.  So we took advantage of the great weather for a walk along the Indiana Central Canal, located just a couple of miles west of the Capitol Building.  The Indiana Central Canal was intended to extend for 296 miles and connect the Wabash and Erie Canal to the Ohio River.  But the state ran into financial troubles and only eight miles were built.  Today about two miles of the canal are still in existence and lined with condo buildings and restaurants with a wide sidewalk running along either side.  It’s a great place to spend a beautiful summer afternoon.

Note the gondola on the left

One way to take a large dog for a bike ride (sorry for the focus, he went by quickly)

The nearby JW Marriott Hotel provides great reflections of the passing clouds.

Returning to the RV park we took our chairs down to the pond to enjoy some quiet reading time.

OK, not exactly “lunch with a view” but it’ll have to do

On Monday, our second perfect weather day, we drove to the north side of Indianapolis, parked the Jeep, and rode the beautiful Monon Bike Path north into Carmel.  A former teacher from the History Department where John taught (Susquehannock HS) now lives there and we were meeting her for lunch.

We met Jill at a nice restaurant in downtown Carmel with outdoor seating right along the bike trail.  We had such a nice time reminiscing about our past experiences, we forgot to get a photo!

We now head about 130 miles northeast to Celina, OH for a couple of repairs to the motorhome.  Kevin Mallory of Cruising America RV has done work for us in the past and we really like his work, so if we need something done in the coach (he doesn’t do engine or chassis work) we try to have him do it.

More on our “repairs” in the next post.

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18 Responses to A Stop in Indianapolis

  1. explorvistas says:

    I’ve never been in the City Market there. It reminds me a bit of the Reading Terminal Market in Philly, albeit with a higher ceiling.

  2. Sue says:

    We used to go to Indianapolis each summer for the races and ranged into the city often. Its quite a nice place isn’t it!

  3. Indianapolis is a very nice city. We have an artist friend who lives in Carmel and we really enjoyed our visit there, and the bike trail!

  4. allisonmohr says:

    Who knew that Indianapolis would be such a treat? Thanks for showing it to us.

  5. Gay says:

    Indy is one of the places I wanted to go before Jeff Gordon retired! We have gone to races at 9 different NASCAR tracks ( some multiple times) but never made it there. From the looks of it, we still need to go! Love the capital dome…beautiful stained glass.

  6. Jim and Barb says:

    Guess what? Yup, another place I used to travel to for work and have never seen those sights…….. Good luck with your repairs!

  7. Marsha Weaver says:

    I never saw the Colts cheerleaders wear that kind of outfit. Where is the skin?
    Beautiful state house and statue. I just love visiting the capitals of each state.
    WOW…That City Market has the food choices. Hot pretzels…count us in.

  8. heyduke50 says:

    one of the few remaining capitols we haven’t visited yet…

  9. Woo hoo pretzels!

    Indy looks like a pretty city, and you make a cute “I” Pam!

  10. I wished that letter ” I” gave a smile 🙂
    It was 2008 when we visited Indy for the Indy 500 and the city sure looked different without thousands of people around.

  11. Sherry says:

    That Colt’s Cheerleader is taking her job very seriously. Glad you were able to find someone so responsible for the position. We seldom visit cities so it was nice seeing Indianapolis. Love the clouds on the high rise. Sorry to hear the governor forgot his appointment with you. Seems like all of the Indiana officials were out playing around rather than doing the state’s business judging from the empty chambers. Just like Washington. I thought your “view” was very nice. Especially for a city view.

  12. LuAnn says:

    I have a SIL who lives just outside of Indy so we have been several times, but have never visited and seen the city through the eyes of a tourist. We have walked the canal and had dinner down there, which was lovely. Thanks for the tour!

  13. Laurel says:

    Indianapolis looks like a lovely and interesting city. We enjoy touring the state capitol buildings, too—I enjoy seeing how different all of them are architecturally. The city gets big bonus points for having a bike path nearby and a place to walk along the canal! That cute Colt’s cheerleader looks familiar….

  14. geogypsy2u says:

    It seems Indianapolis provides some good people watching, especially like that cute cheerleader and the guy hauling his dog.

  15. Jeff says:

    Have yet to make it to the capitol, but we have planned to. We have friends in Gas City and recommended Columbus Indiana – nice stop if you find yourself in the area. We also wanted to do the ‘Breaking Away’ sites around Bloomington, but did not plan enough time …

  16. Jodee Gravel says:

    The cheeleader was a much better “find” than the missing governor 🙂 The statue is beautiful and very much like the one in Cleveland. I thought those were Pittsburgh pretzels…..no? That’s what “they” said :-)))))

  17. Debbie L says:

    I inadvertently stopped all my emails from WordPress. So I’m catching up!
    Nice scenery-so different from the “natural” scenery! We may try Indiana next summer.

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