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Indiana

Indianapolis' History

1821
The General Assembly approved site selected by the commissioners and adopted the name of Indianapolis on January 6. Corydon continued as state capital until 1825.

1825
Indianapolis became the state capital of Indiana.

1830
The National Road, U.S. 40, was routed through Indianapolis.

1839
The Central Canal on the White River was built to provide a transportation link for factories, papermills and sawmills. Today, because of a $15 million renovation, the "Canal Walk" is a gardenlike oasis with fountains, antique-style street lamps, walkways and jogging paths.

1847
A railroad was built and became the first to have all of its lines meet in one union station. Because of the railroad, Indianapolis was designated as the "Crossroads of America."

1886
City Market was established as a marketplace for vendors offering produce, meat, baked goods, flowers, imported foods and coffee. Today, the City Market is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

1902
The 284-foot Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument, the first monument in the country to honor the common soldier, was dedicated.

1909
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) was built. This 2 1/2 - mile oval racetrack is home to the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.

1911
The inaugural Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was held. That event is now the largest single-day sporting event in the world.

1926
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, now the largest of its kind in the world, opened.

1968
Richard G. Lugar (now a U.S. Senator) began serving eight years as mayor of Indianapolis.

1970
Indianapolis merged with surrounding Marion County to form a consolidated governmental structure called Unigov.

1971
The first Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration (IBE) was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The event is now the largest and longest running exposition of its kind in the nation celebrating African-American culture and heritage.

1972
The $26.1 million Indiana Convention Center opened. The 5,200-acre Eagle Creek Park, one of the nation's largest, was formally dedicated. Indiana Repertory Theatre, the city's first professional theater, was founded.

1974
The $23.5 million Market Square Arena, home of the NBA Indiana Pacers, opened.

1975
William. H. Hudnut, III, began serving an unprecedented 16 consecutive years as mayor.

1982
The first Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis was held. This event has become the richest string competition in the world. The $2.5 million Major Taylor Velodrome, a bicycle racing track, opened.

1983
USA Gymnastics (formerly the United States Gymnastics Federation) relocated to Indianapolis from Fort Worth, Texas. 1984
The $77.5 million RCA Dome (formerly the Hoosier Dome) opened as an expansion to the Indiana Convention Center. The NFL Colts moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore, MD. The first Circle City Classic football game -- the country's second largest college bowl game between two historically black colleges -- pitted the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils against the Grambling Tigers at the RCA Dome. The Hudson Institute, one of America's foremost "think tanks," relocated from New York to Indianapolis. Circle Theatre, a 1916 movie palace, was renovated and became the permanent home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The building is now called the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

1985
The Indianapolis Heliport opened. It is the only full service downtown heliport in the United States.

1986
America's first union railway depot, Union Station, re-opened as a festival marketplace.

1987
The 10th Pan American Games were held. The event brought 4,453 athletes from 38 countries to Indianapolis. The regatta course at Eagle Creek Park was built. This is one of only two courses in the U.S. sanctioned for international competition.

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