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     "Indianapolis, IN"
     
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     
     
     Home to the famous Indy 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is featured on Memorial Day and covers a two and one half mile oval track. In 1820, the City's location was geographically centered in the state and was do to Indiana's State Legislatures who thought a new location for the capital would be better for it's development. Also the city's structure is patterned after the nation's capital and is centered around a circular plaza called Monument Circle. The Civil War Monument in the center is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Other great sites to visit are the World War Memorial Plaza, Union Station, Fort Benjamin Harrison, the Hoosier Capitol, the Govenor's Mansion, and the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Great museums in the city to see are the Indianpolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, the Indiana State Museum, the John Herron Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art. Historical homes to look at are the James Whitcomb Riley Home and the Morris Butler House. Many academic instutions that Indianapolis offers are Indiana University-Purdue University, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, and Marian College. With a population of over a million, Indianapolis strives to become one of the nation's largest cities.

     Benjamin Harrison Home
     1230 North Delaware Street
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 631-1898
     http://www.surf-ici.com/harrison/
     It was completed in 1875. Harrison occupied the 16-room Italianate mansion, except for during his term as the 23rd president of the United States, until his death in 1901.

     Children's Museum of Indianapolis
     3000 N. Meridian Street
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 334-3322
     http://www.childrensmuseum.org/
     It is thought as the world's largest children's museum. It contains displays about history, natural science, world cultures, trains and the arts.

     Eagle Creek Park and Nature Preserve
     7840 West 56th Street
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 327-7110
     http://www.eaglecreekpark-fdn.org/
     It's a city park with a 1,300-acre reservoir and 3,800 acres of land.

     Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
     500 W. Washington St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 636-9378
     http://www.eiteljorg.org/
     The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of American Indian and Western art and the many cultures of North America.

     Garfield Park Conservatory
     2450 S. Shelby St., Garfield Park
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 327-7184
     
     There are tropical plants in a natural setting and they house an Amazon River region rain forest with a enormous collection of bromeliads.

     Hook's American Drug Store Museum
     201 S. Meridian St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 951-2222
     
     It exhibits medical, antique dental and pharmaceutical. There is an soda machine in operation.

     Indiana Medical History Museum
     3045 West Vermont St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 635-7329
     http://www.imhm.org/
     They provide guided tours of the 1896 Old Pathology building, which was once used to study mental and nervous disorders.

     Indiana State Library
     140 N. Senate St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317)232-3675 or 232-3689
     http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/
     The library has over 34,000 volumes on Indiana and houses the Indiana Historical Buraeau.

     Indiana State Museum
     202 North Alabama Street
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 632-5010
     http://www.indianamuseum.org/
     There are exhibits and they are feature culture and history.

     Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
     425 University Blvd.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 274-4591
     http://www.iupui.edu/
     It's one of the country's great research centers and more.

     Indiana World War Memorial
     between Pennsylvania, Meridian, St. Clair, and New York Sts.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 232-7615
     
     There is a cenotaph honoring Indiana's war dead.

     Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
     4600 Sunset Avenue
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 940-9607
     http://www.icomusic.org/
     The professional orchestra offers concerts at various locations throughout Indianapolis.

     Indianapolis Motor Speedway
     4790 W. 16th St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 484-6747
     http://www.indyracingleague.com/
     It was built in 1909 to provide ground and racetrack for automobiles. There is also inside the 2.5 mi. oval is the Hall of Fame Museum.

     Indianapolis Museum of Art
     1200 West 38th Street
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 923-2660
     http://www.ima-art.org/
     Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis Museum of Art features permanent collections of African, American, Asian and European art, contemporary art, textiles and costumes, decorative arts and prints, photographs and drawings. Important areas of the collections include works by Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven, Neo-Impressionist painting, the Eiteljorg Gallery of African art, the J.M.W. Turner Collection and the Clowes Collection of Old Master paintings. The IMA is located at 1200 West 38th Street, on a 152-acre site that includes Oldfields, a 26-acre estate featuring a Ravine Graden, Formal Gardens and the Lilly House mansion.

     Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
     45 Monument Circle
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 262-1100
     http://www.indyorch.org/
     One of the nation's few 52-week per year orchestras, continues its upward spiral of artistic excellence. Since 1987, the Orchestra's music director has been Raymond Leppard.

     Indianapolis Zoo, The
     1200 W. Washington St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 630-2001
     http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/
     The zoo displays animals in all kinds of simulated habitats.

     Jame Irving Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
     Butler University, W. 46th and Sunset Sts.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 940-9333
     
     The planetarium has the state's largest telescope.

     Library of the Indiana Historical Society
     315 W. Ohio St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 232-1882
     http://www.indianahistory.org/index.php?page=6
     The library was founded in 1830 to preserve and promote the Hoosier State's heritage.

     Memorial Building
     
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     
     
     The memorial building pays tribute to the contributions of Hoosiers in the armed forces.

     Morris-Butler House
     1204 N. Park Ave.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 636-5409
     
     It's a restored 16-room Second Empire-style house, which was completed in 1865.

     Museum of Miniature Houses and Other Collections, Inc.
     111 E. Main St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 575-9466
     http://www.museumofminiatures.org/
     The museum offers dollhouses of all kinds, other miniatures, and other collections.

     National Art Museum of Sport
     850 West Michigan Street
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 274-3196
     http://namos.iupui.edu/
     There are an enormous amount of art collections.

     NCAA Hall of Champions
     700 West Washington St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 917-6222
     http://www.ncaa.org/
     The facility of the National Collegiate Athletic Association presents 4 presentation theaters, a gymnasium, and more.

     No Limit Racing Adventures
     686 Georgetown Rd.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 885-8878 or (888) MPH-RUSH
     http://www.nolimitracing.net/
     Offers a racing program to practice and qualify with your friends.

     Racers Indoor Karting at Union Station
     302 S. Meridian St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 972-6666
     http://www.racerskarting.com/
     Presents an indoor go-kart racing facility at Union Station.

     RCA Dome
     100 S. Capitol Ave.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 262-3400
     http://www.iccrd.com/dome/index.html
     It's one of the the air-supported domed stadiums in the U.S.

     Scottish Rite Cathedral
     650 N. Meridian St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 262-3100
     
     The cathedral has been thought as one of the most gorgeous buildings in the country.

     Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument
     center of Monument Circle
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 232-7615
     
     The monument is a construction of Indiana limestone.

     State Capitol Building
     Capitol Ave., Senate St., Washington St. and Ohio St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 233-5293
     http://www.in.gov/legislative/capitol.html
     The capitol building was completed in 1888. The Renaissance Revival Indiana limestone structure has classical neo-Grecian and more.

     The Lockerbie Home of James Whitcomb Riley
     528 Lockerbie St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 631-5885
     http://www.indianahistory.org/heritage/jwr.html
     It was built in 1872 and was preserved as it was during the poet's residence 1893 through 1916. It is a wonderful example of Victorian architecture.

     Union Station
     between Capitol Ave. and Meridian St.
     Indianapolis, Indiana
     (317) 267-0701
     
     It's been served some 200 trains a day, which was during the late 19th century.

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