The Steamboat at Broad Ripple – Indianapolis, Indiana (1908)

Broad Ripple is an area of the White River near Indianapolis.

At the turn of the twentieth century, an amusement park, large bathing pool, and recreation activities drew visitors and vacationers to the area.

A steamboat carried passengers to Indianapolis, about six miles downstream.

Today, the area is a trendy neighborhood of boutiques and specialty shops amid Arts and Crafts homes.,_Indianapolis

In August of 1908, Winnifred sent a postcard photograph of Broad Ripple to Mrs. Frank Miller of Portsmouth, Ohio.

The postcard photograph was published by Tom Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Portsmouth is a city on the north bank of the Ohio River in south-central Ohio.,_Ohio

The tone at the beginning of Winnifred’s message is somewhat peevish – a mention of missed communication and a failure to send an address.

It seems the correspondents may be related to one another.

Winnifred may be suffering from the heat, as she reports that it is “too hot to do much of anything”.

She adds, “we have been keeping close to the house.”

One hopes that Winnifred enjoyed cooler weather and had an opportunity to participate in the amusements of Broad Ripple.


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