Indianapolis 1821-2012

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Indianapolis is founded

1821

State government relocates to Indianapolis from Corydon, Indiana

January, 1825

Indianapolis Journal newspaper begins publication

1825

Indiana Colonization Society formed

1829

Indiana Historical Society organized

1830

Indiana Statehouse built

1835

Population: 2,692

1840

Indianapolis becomes a city

1847

Madison & Indianapolis Railroad begins operating

1847

Indianapolis Volksblatt newspaper begins publication

1848

Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad in operation

1848

Union Track Railway Company organized

May 1850

Indiana State Fair begins

1852

Indiana and Illinois Central Railway Company established

1852

Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad in operation

1853

Indianapolis Union Railway in operation

1853

Indianapolis Union Station opens

October 1853

Odd Fellows Hall built

1854

Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Cleveland Railroad in operation

1855

St. Marienkirche established

1858

City Hospital built

1859

Camp Morton Union prisoner-of-war camp set up

1861

Hebrew Benevolent Society organized

1861

Indiana State Museum established

1862

Hebrew Benevolent Society organized

1862

Indianapolis and Madison Railroad in operation

1862

Crown Hill Cemetery established

1863

Indianapolis, Rochester and Chicago Railroad in operation

1863

Battle of Pogue's Run

May 1863

Indianapolis Board of Trade organized

1864

Indianapolis, Peru and Chicago Railway in operation

1864

Indianapolis and Vincennes Railroad in operation

1865

Lincoln funeral train arrives in Indianapolis

April 30, 1865

Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad in operation

1866

State Law Library founded

1867

Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad in operation

1867

Indianapolis, Cincinnati and La Fayette Railway in operation

1867

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church built

1867

Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway in operation

1868

Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Danville Railroad in operation

1868

Indianapolis Library Association formed

1868

Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway in operation

1869

Bethel A.M.E. Church built

1869

Population: 48,244

1870

Indianapolis, Delphi and Chicago Railroad in operation

1872

Indianapolis Sun newspaper begins publication

1873

Public Library established

1873

Indianapolis, Cincinnati and La Fayette Railroad in operation

1873

Indianapolis, Decatur and Springfield Railway in operation

1875

Indianapolis and Sandusky Railroad in operation

1877

Belt Railroad of Indianapolis in operation

1877

Indianapolis Leader newspaper begins publication

1879

Indianapolis and Danville Railroad in operation

1879

Indiana Bee Keepers' Association formed

1879

Indianapolis and Evansville Railroad in operation

1880

Chicago and Indianapolis Air Line Railway in operation

1880

Indianapolis and Ohio State Line Railway in operation

1880

Population: 75,056

1880

English's Opera House opens

1880

Eli Lilly and Company incorporated

1881

Garfield Park created

1881

Indianapolis City Market built

1886

YMCA built

1887

Indianapolis and Wabash Railway in operation

1887

Indiana Statehouse built

1888

Indianapolis Union Station rebuilt

1888

Indianapolis, Decatur and Western Railway in operation

1888

Indianapolis Freeman newspaper begins publication

1888

Indiana School of Art established

1889

Columbia Club formed

1889

Deutsche Haus built

1893

Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway in operation

1897

Indianapolis and Louisville Railway in operation

1899

Central Railroad of Indianapolis in operation

1899

Indianapolis Southern Railway in operation

1899

Population: 169,164

1900

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument installed

1901

Indiana Central University chartered

1902

Herron Art Institute formed.

1902

Indianapolis Indians baseball team active.

1902

Marmon Motor Car Company in business.

1902

October - Purdue Wreck.

1903

Indiana University School of Medicine established.

1903

The Indianapolis Star newspaper begins publication.

1903

U.S. District Courthouse built.

1905

American Motor Car Company in business.

1906

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral built.

1907

Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens.

1909

Parry Auto Company in business.

1909

Indianapolis Park and Boulevard Plan presented.

1909

Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company incorporated.

1910

Episcopal Church of All Saints dedicated.

1911

Indianapolis 500 motor race begins.

1911

Ideal Motor Car Company in business.

1911

Arsenal Technical High School established.

1912

Indianapolis Streetcar Strike of 1913.

1913

Circle Theatre built.

1916

Indianapolis Public Library central building constructed.

1917

Broad Ripple Park Carousel installed.

1917

Indiana World War Memorial Plaza built.

1924

Children's Museum established.

1925

Stout Army Air Field established.

1926

Scottish Rite Cathedral built.

1927

Crispus Attucks High School built.

1927

Indiana Theatre, Rivoli Theater, and Walker Building and Theatre open.

1927

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra founded.

1930

Perry Stadium opens.

1931

Indiana State Library and Historical Bureau built.

1934

Indianapolis Art League organized.

1934

Naval Armory built.

1936

Marian College active.

1937

Lockefield Gardens public housing built.

1938

Population: 386,972.

1940

Indiana Herald-Times newspaper begins publication.

1957

Indiana Government Center North built.

1960

Population: 476,258.

1960

Indianapolis City–County Building constructed.

1962

Flag of Indianapolis design adopted.

1963

Indianapolis Zoo opens.

1964

Indianapolis Early Music established.

1966

Robert F. Kennedy's speech on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr..

April 4,1968

Indiana Medical History Museum established.

1969

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis established.

1969

Indiana Black Expo begins.

1970

One Indiana Square built.

1970

Unigov combines government of Indianapolis and Marion County.

1970

Indianapolis City–County Council established.

1970

Indiana Repertory Theatre founded

1972

Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation founded.

1975

Indianapolis International Airport in operation.

1975

White River State Park established.

1979

OneAmerica Tower built.

1982

Indiana Convention Center built.

1983

Indianapolis Colts football team relocates to Indianapolis.

1984

Hoosier Dome stadium opens.

1984

City hosts 1987 Pan American Games.

1987

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art established.

1989

Chase Tower built.

1990

Circle Centre shopping mall opens.

1995

Victory Field opens.

1996

Indianapolis Firefighters Museum opens.

1996

Conseco Fieldhouse opens.

1999

White River Gardens open.

1999

Bart Peterson becomes mayor.

2000

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art founded.

2001

Indiana University Health People Mover (train) begins operating.

2003

Lucas Oil Stadium built.

2008

Greg Ballard becomes mayor.

2008

Population: 829,718.

2010

Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

August 13, 2011

$4.4 million Richmond Hill explosion kills 2, injures 20 and affects many homes

November 10, 2012