Two hundred years ago, Indianapolis was carved out of a forest in the middle of nowhere—a planned capital city at the geographic center of a new state. The first few decades were marked by economic isolation, squirrel invasions, and a canal project that bankrupted the state. But the arrival of railroads in 1847 transformed Indianapolis into an economic powerhouse; and this “Crossroads of America” has been growing, transforming, and reinventing itself ever since.
Indianapolis: An Illustrated Timeline tells the Indianapolis story from prehistoric times to the present day, exploring its Native American heritage, its rich automotive history, and its most beloved restaurants, sports teams, and cultural institutions. The timeline includes terrible disasters and crimes, but it also celebrates the city’s unsung heroes and the rich cultural diversity inherent to a city of immigrants. At its core this is a story about people, from humble pioneers to US presidents—not to mention a celebrity palm reader, a vaudeville mayor, a wide array of writers, and the nation’s first self-made female millionaire. Seasoned local author Ashley Petry brings the timeline of her hometown to life from specific event to specific event. It’s all right here at the heart of the Hoosier state.
- Publisher: Reedy Press; Illustrated edition (September 15, 2021)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- ISBN-10: 168106278X
- ISBN-13: 978-1681062785
Ashley Petry is an Indianapolis writer and copy editor with sixteen years of experience covering Midwest travel, food and drink, and the arts. Her freelance work has appeared in USA Today, Condé Nast Traveler, Midwest Living, AAA Home & Away, Indianapolis Monthly, and the Indianapolis Star. In addition to this work, she is the author of two other books: Secret Indianapolis: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure and 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die, now in its second edition. She also serves as associate editor for the literary magazine Booth. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and English from Indiana University and two master’s degrees—an MBA and an MFA—from Butler University.