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Timeline of Broad Ripple History

  • 1822 - Jesse McKay and John Colip purchase the land that will become Broad Ripple (Sept) (4)
  • 1836 - Jacob Coil of Virginia buys the land from McKay and Colip
  • 1836 - work begins on the Central Canal and the dam on the White River to create flow for canal
  • 1837 - Coil plats Broad Ripple (April 20) (5)
  • 1837 - Nelson plats Wellington south of the canal
  • 1837 - Coil dies (Dec 8)
  • 1847 - Canal opens
  • 1843 - Washington Township Graded School #5 built
  • 1843 - John Burk (with Peter W. Koontz) builds saw mill on White River (7)
  • 1847 - Canal project bankrupt
  • 1850 - Post office opens in Broad Ripple
  • 1851 - Dr. Harvey Kerr is first physician in Broad Ripple (6)
  • 1851 - Union Church built on NW corner of Westfield and Guilford (26)
  • 1860s - Land now Broad Ripple Park becomes popular picnic spot on White River
  • 1867 - Canal sold to the Hydraulic Company
  • 1875 - river floods town, levee built
  • 1877 - International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 548 organized
  • 1884 - flood breaks the levee
  • 1884 - Wellington merges into Broad Ripple
  • 1885 - Iron Westfield Bridge over White River built
  • 1886 - Broad Ripple High School established
  • 1894 - Broad Ripple is incorporated as a town [previously listed as 1884 per Polis Center Narrative](33)
  • 1894 - Post Office created in Broad Ripple, named "Ripple" (Dec. 8) (35)
  • 1894 - Broad Ripple Transit Company (street cars) established by Dr. Light - first car runs Sept 14 (44)
  • 1900 - Post Office created in Broad Ripple, named "Broad Ripple" (Apr 28) (36)
  • 1902 - Broad Ripple Lodge #643 is chartered
  • 1906 - White City Amusement Park opens (May 26) (1)
  • 1906 - Broad Ripple annexation ordinance introduced (28)
  • 1908 - Broad Ripple Masonic Temple, officially named J.S. Mustard Hall, opens
  • 1909 - Broad Ripple annexation fails (27)
  • 1909e - Broad Ripple Post Office inside Watt's Drug Store (25)
  • 1909 - Union Traction Co official opens Broad Ripple Park to the public (42)
  • 1909 - Broad Ripple State Bank to open (43)
  • 1911 - Union Traction Co buys White City Amusement Park (? see 1909 item)
  • 1913 - worst flood hits Broad Ripple
  • 1913 - Broad Ripple Town Council renames and renumbers 26 streets, increasing most numbered streets up one (53rd becomes 54th)
  • 1914 - Broad Ripple annexation ordinance again passed by City Council (29)
  • 1915 - Broad Ripple annexation stopped by judge (April)(34)
  • 1919e - Broad Ripple Post Office moves to 806 E. 63rd (BR Ave) from Watt's Drug Store (25)
  • 1922 - Town of Broad Ripple successfully annexed by Indianapolis
  • 1923 - Broad Ripple Park dis-annexed by City of Indianapolis (April) (32)
  • 1924 - Olympic swimming tryouts held at White City Amusement Park (2)
  • 1925 - Lobraico's Rexall Drug Store opens
  • 1925 - Broad Ripple Post Office moves to new building at 815 E. 63rd (BR Ave - now west end of 827) (25)
  • 1928 - Kassebaum Building completed at SE corner of Guilford and Westfield Blvd (24)
  • 1928 - Pyramid Building completed at NE corner of Guilford and BR Ave (24)
  • 1928 - 63rd Street widened (Broad Ripple Avenue) (24)
  • 1929 - School 80 is built
  • 1929 - Lincolnshire Apartments open (Sept) (19)
  • 1929 - Ashland Avenue renamed Carrollton Avenue from 59th to 63rd (Jun 3) (45)
  • 1930 - Library opens in storefront on 63rd Street (BR Ave) (Dec 15)(11)
  • 1931 - Broad Ripple Christian Church opens at 62nd and Carrollton Avenue (Feb 15)(20)
  • 1931 - 65th west of College becomes 66th (46)
  • 1932 - Jail is torn down (Winthrop, Monon Rail, north of BR Ave)
  • 1934 - Broad Ripple Standard Grocery opens Guilford and BR Ave (Oct 27)(21)
  • 1938 - The Vogue Movie Theater opens (June 18)
  • 1938 - Library moves into Mustard Hall (8)
  • 1940 - Broad Ripple Post Office open on Carrollton (Feb 10) (16)
  • 1945 - City buys Broad Ripple Park and removes amusement rides (May 18) (3)
  • 1947 - Carter Building built on southwest corner of Westfield Boulevard and Guilford Avenue (22)
  • 1947 - Atlas Supermarket open at 54th and College Avenue
  • 1947 - 63rd and 62nd streets renamed Broad Ripple Avenue from College to Evanston (March 17) (30)
  • 1947 - Riviera Drive renamed to Westfield Boulevard from College to Winthrop (March 17) (30)
  • 1947 - Winthrop Avenue and Westfield Road renamed to Westfield Boulevard from Riviera to White River (March 17) (30)
  • 1947 - Broad Ripple Park annexed by City of Indianapolis (May 21) (31)
  • 1949 - Library moves into new building next to School 80 (March 28) (10)
  • 1950 - G.C. Murphy Co open at 63rd & College (June 23) (15)
  • 1954 - Kroger opens at 6220 Guilford Avenue (May 27) (17)
  • 1955 - Nickel Plate engine 587 installed at Broad Ripple Park
  • 1955 - Flanner and Buchanan opens on site of Harley Horton house at 1305 BR Ave
  • 1957 - Parking meters installed
  • 1958 - Glendale Mall Opens - it is an open-air mall (Aug 14) (14)
  • 1958 - Canal parking deck is built (October) (13)
  • 1967 - Nickel Plate engine 587 gets a shelter built over it at Broad Ripple Park
  • 1969 - Broad Ripple Village Association is founded (BRVA)
  • 1971 - Broad Ripple Art Fair held on canal parking deck
  • 1974 - Stenzdale fire at 62nd and Carrollton
  • 1976 - Art League opens on 67th Street in Broad Ripple (37)
  • 1976 - Iron Westfield Bridge over White River closed
  • 1977 - New Westfield Bridge over White River built
  • 1977 - Vogue Theater becomes night club (Dec 31)
  • 1980 - School 80 closed
  • 1971 - Broad Ripple Art Fair moves to Indianapolis Art League (38)
  • 1982 - DOT changes College/Westfield intersection. Cars traveling SW can now only turn north on College. (23)
  • 1983 - Haulenwood Oak Shop fire on Broad Ripple Avenue
  • 1983 - Nickel Plate engine 587 moved from Broad Ripple Park to museum in Noblesville
  • 1985 - School 80 becomes apartments
  • 1986 - Library moves into Broad Ripple Park (March) (9)
  • 1987 - The Village Sample newspaper begins publication - Lilian Barcio (June)
  • 1987 - Broad Ripple celebrates Sesquicentennial
  • 1989 - First Broad Ripple Art Walk / Gallery Tour (18)
  • 1990 - Lobraico's Drug Store closes
  • 1994 - First Broad Ripple Farmers Market (18)
  • 1994 - Indianapolis Art League becomes Indianapolis Art Center (39)
  • 1995 - Monon Trail opens from Westfield Boulevard to 86th Street
  • 1994 - Michael Graves-designed Indianapolis Art Center complex opens (40)
  • 1996 - School 80 becomes condos
  • 1999 - Bark Park opens at Broad Ripple Park
  • 1999 - Canal parking deck is removed
  • c. 2000 - Roselyn Bakery closes in Broad Ripple
  • 2000 - new pedestrian bridge added across canal just east of College
  • 2000 - Library moves into Glendale Mall (Oct 23) (12)
  • 2002 - www.BroadRippleHistory.org launches
  • 2002 - Olympic Torch comes through Broad Ripple
  • 2002 - Deering Cleaners burns
  • 2002 - Atlas Grocery closes (May 11)
  • 2003 - McDonald's reopens with new concept store (Jan 20)
  • 2003 - Indianapolis North Flood Damage Protection Project - levee reconstruction
  • 2003 - Broad Ripple Avenue restriping to two lanes with a center turn lane (Mar 26)
  • 2003 - Patio Nightclub closes
  • 2003 - First Broad Ripple Lights Up! (18)
  • 2004 - The Tin Star Jail restaurant closes after 25 years
  • 2004 - Broad Ripple Gazette starts publication of bi-weekly newspaper
  • 2004 - Broad Ripple Gazette starts History Saturday meetings at The Whistle Stop, later McDonald's and White River Yacht Club
  • 2005 - Taxi zones established on Broad Ripple Avenue (January)
  • 2005 - Broad Ripple Farmers Market moves to the Indianapolis Art Center (May)
  • 2005 - ARTSPARK opens at Indianapolis Art Center complex opens (41)
  • 2005 - First Bungalows of Broad Ripple Home Tour (Oct 8)
  • 2005 - IFD Station 32 loses engine
  • 2006 - Whistle Stop Deli closes at original Monon train station
  • 2006 - Broad Ripple Farmers Market moves to BRHS
  • 2007 - Glendale Mall construction begins for new concept
  • 2007 - First Ripple Effect Run
  • 2009 - Barber shop fire at 52nd and College
  • 2009 - First Broad Ripple Lights Up Parade
  • 2010 - BRICS opens in original Monon train station
  • 2002 - VirtualBroadRipple.com launches with clickable photo archive map
  • 2011 - Evening Broad Ripple Farmers Market opens at Broad Ripple Park
  • 2011 - IFD Station 32 on Historic Register
  • 2011 - Aristocrat fire at 52nd and College
  • 2012 - first duck race was at Broad Ripple's 175th anniversary celebration (Apr 21)
  • 2012 - Parking meter system added to Westfield Boulevard from College to Guilford
  • 2013 - Parking garage built at College and Westfield Boulevard
  • 2014 - Cornell gets back-in diagonal parking
  • 2015 - Broad Ripple Winter Farmers Market opens at Bent Rail
  • 2016 - IFD Station 32 gets engine back
  • 2016 - Glendale penguins gone!
  • 2016 - First Broad Ripple Carnival
  • 2017 - Glendale penguins - Wynken, Blynken and Nod - are installed at the Indianapolis Zoo
  • 2017 - McDonald's rebuilds again
  • 2017 - Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opens on canal
  • 2017 - 20 Tap fire at 54th and College
  • 2017 - School Board votes to close BRHS for an eventual sale of the property
  • 2018 - Final senior class graduates from BRHS
  • 2019 - IndyGo builds Red Line through Broad Ripple on College Avenue
  • 2019 - BRHS Alumni Association holds its first Homecoming Celebration & Parade since the school closed
  • 2019 - A Broad Ripple Park Master Plan is approved
  • 2019 - Steve Ross sells Vogue and retires
  • 2020 - Corona Virus restrictions shut down most businesses (March)
  • 2020 - Broad Ripple Avenue closed to traffic for street dining during social distancing (May)
Sources:
1 - Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p353
2 - Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p354
3 - Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p354
4 - History of Indianapolis and Marion County - Sulgrove, p65
5 - History of Indianapolis and Marion County - Sulgrove, p637
6 - History of Indianapolis and Marion County - Sulgrove, p637
7 - History of Indianapolis and Marion County - Sulgrove, p637
8 - A Live Thing in the Whole Town - p161
9 - A Live Thing in the Whole Town - p162
10 - A Live Thing in the Whole Town - p161
11 - A Live Thing in the Whole Town - p160
12 - IMCPL Web Site - http://www.imcpl.org/gld_serv.htm
13 - North Side Topics - Oct 23, 1958 - p1
14 - North Side Topics - Aug 14, 1958 - p1
15 - North Side Topics - June 22, 1950 - p11
16 - North Side Topics - April 20, 1950 - p6
17 - North Side Topics - May 27, 1954 - p13
18 - According to the BRVA website
19 - Indianapolis Star - 1929 Sep 15, p. 32
20 - Indianapolis Star - 1931 Feb 7, p. 9
21 - Indianapolis Star - 1934 Oct 26, p. 11
22 - per Earl Carter on Sept 27, 2019
23 - Indianapolis Monthly - January 1983, p. 76
24 - Indianapolis Star - 1928 Oct 21, p. 78
25 - Indianapolis Star - 1925 Jul 19, p. 8
26 - https://digital.library.in.gov/Record/ISL_p16066coll31-1447 27 - Indianapolis News - 1909 Oct 19, p. 1
28 - Indianapolis News - 1906 Feb 6, p. 16
29 - Indianapolis Star - 1914 Nov 17, p. 1
30 - Journal of Common Council - 1947, p. 184
31 - Journal of Common Council - 1947, p. 342
32 - Journal of Common Council - 1923, p. 235, 236
33 - Commissioner Reports Book 30 at State Archives - June 4, 1894 p. 271
34 - Indianapolis News - 1915 Apr 15, p. 1
35 - National Archives - Post Office Collection - , p. 212
36 - National Archives - Post Office Collection - , p. 210
37 - Fanning The Flames - Berry, p20
38 - Fanning The Flames - Berry, p23
39 - Fanning The Flames - Berry, p30
40 - Fanning The Flames - Berry, p35
41 - Fanning The Flames - Berry, p61
42 - Marion County Mail - 1909 May 28
43 - Marion County Mail - 1909 May 28, p. 1
44 - Indianapolis Star - 1913 Jan 6, p. 5
45 - Journal of Common Council - 1929, p. 235, 270
46 - Journal of Common Council - 1931, p. 1084