How long has Indianapolis been known as Naptown?


How long have Hoosiers and others been calling Indianapolis “Naptown”?

An Indianapolis Monthly article by Ben Price notes that a 1927 article in Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper is considered by some the earliest known use of “Naptown.”

However, remember that absent from the historic record of the Indianapolis Recorder are issues published from 1917-1925, (and January-April of 1932.)

“The earliest reference to “Naptown” in the Hoosier State Chronicles, a free database of Indiana newspapers hosted by the Indiana State Library, is from a 1927 Indianapolis Recorder article about jazz musicians.
The Indianapolis Recorder was then, like today, the city’s highest-circulating African American newspaper, says Jill Weiss Simins, a historian at the Indiana Historical Bureau.”


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