City of Indianapolis
Also known as the “circle city,” Indianapolis was built and founded in 1822 on the banks of the White River. Early city planning efforts were led by George Kessler, a prominent landscape architect, who preserved open spaces along urban streams of the White River by creating continuous parks that extend and connect the city from southern neighborhoods like Southport to northern Broadripple.
This system of parks, corridors, and bridges is the largest nomination in the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as one of the most significant landscape works by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Led by its 49th mayor, Joe Hogsett, the city has more than 870,000 residents, making it the 12th largest city nationwide. Professional sports venues, national conventions, and a variety of cultural attractions draw 28 million visitors to Indianapolis annually.
Hamilton County Indiana
Hamilton County, located just north of Indianapolis, was established along the winding White River in 1823. Its largest cities include Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield, which were settled along the river’s banks. Even founder William Conner built his own home on the White River. His home and land were purchased and restored by Eli Lilly and is now featured by Conner Prairie, an interactive history park recreating the county’s 19th-century settlement on the river.
Hamilton County is the third largest tourism spot in Indiana and scores high on “Best Places to Live” lists nationally. History buffs and families love to step back in time at Conner Prairie, and music aficionados enjoy internationally-renowned music at The Palladium Performing Arts Center and Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, the largest outdoor amphitheater statewide. Finally, outdoor enthusiasts can zip-line and ride horses at Strawtown Kotweei Park before enjoying two downtown art districts and more than 90 restaurants.