ITH Greatest Hits of 2019

Happy New Year 2020 to all of my readers. Today, I want to do a sort of non-transportation related post. Sort of. Since this blog started on 9 February 2019, ITH has had 279 posts with 20,085 views from 13,171 viewers. Of those, I have had 13 posts that counted over 300 views each. Some made it into the thousands. I proudly present the “Indiana Transportation History Top 10 Posts of 2019.”

Yes, most people would have done this yesterday. One big blow out for the last day of 2019. I wanted to give one last day to the past before we move onto 2020 proper. I would love to say there are big changes coming this year. Doubt it. This blog has always been a “screen capture of a rampant mind,” i.e., whatever catches the short attention span at the time. There are times when I can write an entire week of blog entries in one sitting. There are other times when I can’t think of an idea to save my soul. Doubt any of that is going to change in 2020. But I love doing this…and won’t change THAT until I can no longer do it.

Not included in this Top 10 is the homepage of the blog, that in itself has had almost 2000 views.

Number 10: Marion County Interurbans, and Their Remaining Property Lines

18 September 2019: This post focused on little sections throughout Marion County that still show property lines that are still in place 70+ years after the downfall of the Electric Traction companies. Places such as Acton, the Indianapolis Museum of Art property, and a strange straight line connecting Washington Street and Rockville Road were covered.

Number 9: Michigan Road at Logansport

2 October 2019: There have been a lot of questions about the routing of the original Michigan Road through the city of Logansport. I tried to put some of them at rest through the use of maps of the time.

Number 8: Interurbans in Marion County, Where Were They?

30 August 2019: Indianapolis was the interurban capital of at least the state of Indiana. But where were they located? Using maps from 1917, I showed them all.

Number 7: Why Do Indianapolis Street Numbers Start at 9?

10 June 2019: In the beginning, Indianapolis didn’t have numbered streets. When they started adding numbered streets, it started at First Street. In 1894, that changed when First Street became 10th Street.

Number 6: The Cloverleaf Interchanges at US 40 and SR 100

20 November 2019: In 1956, a cloverleaf interchange was built at East Washington Street and Shadeland Avenue (US 40 and SR 100). But it wasn’t going to be the only one. There was also supposed to be one built at West Washington Street and High School Road, the original SR 100.

Number 5: Road Trip 1926: SR 37

30 November 2019: Part of the “Road Trip 1926” series, this post showed the path of State Road 37 on 1 October 1926, the day that all state roads in Indiana were renumbered.

Number 4: Indianapolis Track Elevation

7 October 2019: Vehicle traffic in Indianapolis suffered quite a bit due to the large number of trains coming into the Hoosier Capitol. This all changed starting in the early years of the 20th Century when the city decided it was time to start getting railroad tracks off of ground level…also replacing some ill fated fixes.

Number 3: Dandy Trail

24 September 2019: Designed as a road trip around the city of Indianapolis, before SR 100 was even thought of. Parts of the tour still exist, although the section that has the name has mostly been flooded by the creation of Eagle Creek Reservoir.

Number 2: Why are the exits on I-465 where they are?

8 July 2019: Every exit on I-465 was set up for a particular reason. This post covers those reasons.

Number 1: 82nd and 86th Street Before SR 534 (SR 100)

20 September 2019: This was, by far, the most popular post of the year, with 1,451 views. People have asked why Indianapolis’ 82nd and 86th Streets are connected in the way they are. And it wasn’t the creation of SR 534 (which became SR 100) that put these two roads together. It had been done in the 1800’s. Using older maps, I showed how it happened.

I want to thank each and every one of you that have taken the time to visit my labor of love in 2019. I hope you continue to visit in 2020! Have a safe and wonderful New Year from all of us at Indiana Transportation History!

If there are topics you would like to see covered here, drop me a line at the ITH Facebook Group. I have many resources at my finger tips, and hopefully, I can nail your idea down!

4 thoughts on “ITH Greatest Hits of 2019

  1. Thank you Richard. I enjoy your posts very much and am happy to learn a little about the person behind them. I look forward to reading more as this new year unfolds.


  2. Richard, I have enjoyed your posts since I discovered your blog about two years ago, in the process of doing my family genealogy. Thank you for all your work and insight.
    My family here goes back to 1844, so I have seen all the street name changes and numbering changes as these various individuals moved around the city.
    I do have a question about Columbia Ave., east of “downtown”, and running from about Market Street north to about the current 30th Street. I had relatives that lived at 84 Columbia and 92 Columbia in 1880, according to the city directory, but I’ve never been able to nail down where that was, in terms of current location and numbering of the street. I think it puts that location under the I70/I65 split, just south of 16th Street. Does that sound right?
    Thanks again for your blog and the interesting info.


    1. Thank you, sir.

      As far as your inquiry about the location of your family’s residences. In 1880, Home Avenue (now 13th Street) was addressed at 26 (North). Lincoln Avenue (now 15th Street) was addressed at 126 (North). So, yes, the locations that you were trying to find are now under the interstate…most likely under the ramp lanes from I-70 West to I-65 North, if I were to take a guess.

      IF it is the right Columbia Avenue. There were two. The other Columbia Avenue, until 1895, connected Michigan Street to Clifford Avenue (now 10th Street) just east of Woodruff Place. That, today, is Tecumseh Street. I would bet money that it is the other (current) Columbia Avenue, though, even without any of the family history and other such information.


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