It has been the editor's aim in preparing this work to make it the most complete illustrated history of the material development of Indianapolis ever published. The text gives a comprehensive but condensed history and description of the city; also of every notable public institution and feature of especial interest. The illustrations cover a longer period and are far more numerous than have ever before been published on this subject, and they furnish many interesting reminders of the earlier history of the city as well as of the present.<br><br>In the preparation of this volume, all known available sources of relevant information have been consulted, and particular acknowledgment of obligations is due to the local histories, published years ago, by Col. W. R. Holloway and Ignatius Brown, and to the files of the newspapers of this city for their rich stores of material.<br><br>The engravings were nearly all made by the Indiana Illustrating Company and H. C. Bauer Engraving Company, expressly for this work, from photographs taken by Bass Woodworth. The book is issued from the press of Wm. B. Burford.<br><br>This edition is now submitted to the public with the hope that it will be found to be useful as well as interesting, and that its support will necessitate many editions.