Tuesday, April 7, 2009

40 and 8 Ave in Indianapolis



This has to be one of the most interesting street names in the city. It's downtown and we'd love to hear if anyone has some insight on the name.

8 comments:

CorrND said...

I have no definitive info, but I have to believe it's named after the 40 & 8 Society. The description from their webpage:

The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran's organization in 1960. Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.

Originally part of the American Legion, 40 & 8 Ave is right by the American Legion National Headquarters -- it all seems to line up.

Kelly said...

I think it's related to the American Legion:

http://fortyandeight.org/background.htm

mheidelberger said...

I've noticed that before too...Odd. Isn't that near Ft. Wayne Ave?

WYA! said...

Cool, thanks for the comments. We had read that about the American Legion but it didn't occur to us that it is right by the American Legion Natl Headquarters. And yes, this photo was taken at the intersection with Ft Wayne Ave.

DMC said...

And another local blog had a bit about the street within the past year or two. Although for the life of me, I can't remember which one. And Google isn't being my friend, so I'm not finding it there...

Jen Fu said...

Wikipedia says:
The Forty and Eight is an organization of veterans of the United States armed forces. Its official name is "La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux," which is French, and literally translates as "The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses."

Isn't there something related to that on Pennsylvania Street across from the American Legion?

Ben said...

I had wondered about that street name too and did a little research. The building at 619 N. Pennsylvania was built in 1953 by the Indianapolis chapter of La Societe Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses--the "40&8"), affiliated with the American Legion. The alley next to the building was called Bye Street, but was renamed "40&8 Avenue" at some point after 1953.

WYA! said...

Wow- thanks Ben!