Yellow brick road

Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
Trip End Jan 01, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Indiana
Friday, August 12, 1977

Indianapolis, Indiana. Twice there. First time with sons Mike, Rick and Scott, August 1977, in the yellow Buick (just purchased) on the way to Chicago. We'd been in Lexington and Louisville doing the "horses" thing and now wanted to do cars. We rode around the Indy 500 track and the boys, who were car nuts at the time, were thrilled. Don't remember much else about the city.

Visited with brother Craig September 1993, was so excited to take a NASCAR lover to the Indy track, we got on the bus and rode around and his comment was "I thought it would be bigger than this." Big letdown on my part! Also, at the capitol, this was one where visitors couldn't park nearby, only legislators. We noticed that! Busy town, lots of traffic, industrial areas.

Indiana was the NINETEENTH state.
Date: December 11, 1816
State Nickname: Hoosier State
Key Words: Wheel, Indy 500, Grain, Livestock, Speedway

On June 7, 1820, ten Indiana commissioners chose an area of rolling woodlands in the center of the state to be the new capital. Only two white settlers lived there at the time, among scattered Indian villages.

The city was laid out in a wheel pattern, like Washington, DC. The capitol is built of Indiana limestone, with a copper-covered dome. It is 235 feet to the top of the cupola.
Indianapolis is the largest city in the state today. Grain and livestock are major markets here.

In historic Lockerbie Square, you can visit the home of James Whitcomb Riley, who was known as the Hoosier Poet. On Delaware Street, you can visit the home of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States.

The Indy 500 races are held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every Memorial Day. A month-long celebration precedes the event, with the Queen's Ball, Mechanic's Recognition Party, and a big parade.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Population 783,612
Elevation 717
Eastern and Central time zones
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