Hoosier history highlights

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The state of Indiana is rich in history. Did you know the following things happened the week throughout the Hoosier state? The Indiana Department of Administration compiled a list of notable events in this week’s Hoosier History Highlights.

Indiana Quick Quiz

1. Author Kurt Vonnegut attended which Indianapolis high school?

2. Which Indiana county is named for the third U. S. President?

3. Name the Indiana city which is known as “a mecca for modernist architecture.”

*Answers Below

March 31 – April 6

This Week in Indiana History

Wabash County Courthouse


1880 The dome of the Wabash County Courthouse was fitted with large arc lights by the Brush Electric Company. With the throw of a switch, the city of Wabash became the “first electrically lighted city in the world.” Newspapers reported that the brilliant illumination could be seen nearly a mile away.


Jeannette Covert Nolan

1896  was born in Evansville. Starting out as a newspaper reporter, she became a popular author of children’s books about American history. She was on the staff at Indiana University and is honored in the IU Writers’ Conference Hall of Fame.

1918 The Prohibition Law went into effect in Indiana. Over 3,500 bars and taverns were closed in the Hoosier State, including over 500 in the capital city. Prohibition was declared nationwide in 1920 and remained in effect until December of 1933.

1923 Silent movie star Rudolph Valentino was in Indianapolis at Tomlinson Hall to judge a contest to find “the most beautiful girl” in the city. The winner, 25-year-old Gypsie Williams, was given a free trip to New York City and an appearance in the movie “Rudolph Valentino and his 88 American Beauties.”

Gil Hodges Mural

1924 Gil Hodges was born in Princeton, Indiana. When he was 7, his family moved about 24 miles north to Petersburg. Gil earned fame as a baseball player in the 1950s and 1960s, spending most of his career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He later managed the Washington Senators and the New York Mets. This huge and colorful mural, by artist Randy Hedden, is on the side of a building in downtown Petersburg.

1968 Robert F. Kennedy, in Indianapolis on a campaign tour, announced the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to a crowd at 17th and Broadway. His impassioned plea for peace on that night is considered one of the greatest addresses of the 20th Century. The Library of Congress recently added the recording of the speech to the National Registry.

The Landmark for Peace Memorial in Indianapolis commemorates the words spoken by Robert F. Kennedy on April 4, 1968, when he announced the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did You Know?
There are at least two bridges named for Gil Hodges. One is on Indiana Highway 57 between his hometown of Petersburg and Washington, Indiana. The other is a vertical-lift bridge in New York City which connects the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

*Answers: 1. 1. Shortridge High School 2. Jefferson County 3. Columbus