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Indianapolis (/ˌɪndiəˈnæpəlɪs/), often shortened to Indy, is the state capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County was 872,680. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was 863,002. It is the 17th most populous city in the U.S. The Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S., with 2,028,614 residents. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,411,086. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles (950 km2), making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to approximately 2000 BC. In 1818, the Delaware relinquished their tribal lands in the Treaty of St. Mary's. In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as a planned city for the new seat of Indiana's state government. The city was platted by Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a 1 square mile (2.6 km2) grid next to the White River. Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail later solidified the city's position as a manufacturing and transportation hub. Two of the city's nicknames reflect its historical ties to transportation—the "Crossroads of America" and "Railroad City". Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration operates under the direction of an elected 25-member city-county council headed by the mayor.

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Indiana Historical Society headquarters, in Indianapolis.
The Indiana Historical Society is one of the nation's oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as "Indiana’s storyteller". The Indiana Historical Society is located at 450 West Ohio St. Indianapolis, Indiana, alongside the Indiana Central Canal and across from the Indiana State Library, which houses the Indiana Historical Bureau. The Indiana Historical Society is the oldest state historical society west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Founded in 1830, the Indiana Historical Society connects people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and disseminating Indiana history. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; provides youth, adult and family programming; assists local historical groups throughout the state; and maintains one of the largest collections of material on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. Thanks to the generosity of Eli Lilly, a former president of the Society, the Indiana Historical Society is one of America's wealthiest historical societies.

Among the items held by the Indiana Historical society is a 130-year-old Bible used to swear in mayors of Indianapolis. Another object held is the leg lamp used in the move A Christmas Story.

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2003 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Main entrance to Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Fever are a professional women's basketball team based in Indianapolis. The team is part of the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Fever play at Conseco Fieldhouse, located in Downtown Indianapolis. The team is the sister team of the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers.

The Fever were founded in 2000 along with three other expansion franchises. They finished their inaugural season at 9-23 and received the 3rd pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft which they used to select Tennessee superstar Tamika Catchings, although she was forced to sit out the 2001 season with a knee injury. Catchings won the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year and has led the Fever in points, rebounds, assists, and steals each season since. They first made the playoffs in 2002 but lost to the New York Liberty in 3 games. Since 2005 the Fever have posted three straight 21 win seasons and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals twice. In the 2007 offseason the Fever acquired Indianapolis native and Perry Meridian High School graduate, Katie Douglas, in a trade with the Connecticut Sun. The trade has been called one of the biggest in WNBA History.

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Pottery making at Conner Prairie.
Conner Prairie is a living history museum in Fishers, Indiana, that preserves the historic William Conner home and recreates part of life in Indiana in the 19th century on the White River. It is said to be one of the most realistic living history museum in the United States, next to Colonial Williamsburg

Conner Prairie was begun when pharmaceutical executive Eli Lilly donated the Conner home and surrounding farm to the Quaker liberal arts school, Earlham College in the early 1960s. Earlham ran Conner Prairie as a wholly-owned subsidiary and it grew from a local tourist attraction and educational outreach for the College into the highly regarded institution it is today. As Conner Prairie gained increasing strength and independence, tension developed with Earlham. After a lengthy and contentious legal struggle with Earlham, the museum became completely independent as a result of a plan brokered by Indiana's attorney general. Conner Prairie now has its own board of directors and maintains its own finances and endowment fund.

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Rupert Boneham (born January 27, 1964) was a contestant on Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: All-Stars, who subsequently became one of the most known stars of reality television. He was given one million dollars on Survivor: America's Tribal Council which was a special episode of Survivor: All-Stars. The prize was awarded after a popular vote in which Boneham received 85% of the votes cast for the Survivors. Boneham used his winnings to buy a home, set up a college fund for his daughter, pay off his and his mother's debts, and start Rupert's Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping troubled teens, especially those mired in the juvenile court system. Since All-Stars ended, he has appeared in promotions for local Indiana businesses as well as national promos for Survivor: Vanuatu.

During the game of Survivor: Pearl Islands, Rupert quickly became one of the most popular Survivor contestants, and was well-known for his huge beard, tie-dye shirt and size.

Rupert is a frequent guest on the Bob and Tom Show – also done in Indianapolis – and is considered a "friend of the show". He has also done commercial work recently.

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  • "Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for." -- former IRL driver Al Unser
  • "What's that? Uh -- Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!" -- former Colts coach Jim E. Mora
  • "The jazz scene - or the lack of it - has no correlation to my move back to Indianapolis. I wanted Indianapolis to be my home, and it is my home." -- jazz musician J. J. Johnson

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