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Broad Ripple Park
Broad Ripple Park has a long history in its spot on the White River. In the 1800s, the space was a picnic and meeting spot to get away from the big city of Indianapolis. Around the turn of the century the White City Amusement Park was built to give residents a reason to ride the trolley to Broad Ripple. That park burned and was rebuilt. The carousel from the amusement park is now at the Children's Museum. In 1922, the City of Indianapolis took ownership and the land became a public park.

Rocket Ship Climbing Gym
at the south end of the park by the parking lot
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about 1968
Rocket Ship Climbing Gym
about 1968
Rocket Ship Climbing Gym

Last remaining remnant of amusement park
This concrete piece was the center hub of the old amusement park ride The Bug
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2019
center hub
2019
center hub
The Bug ride shows the concrete center
1927
from the Paul Harlan collection
The Bug ride