Catacombs

Catacombs

Recent snapshot of the Indianapolis Catacombs

More than twenty thousand square feet of underground passageways run beneath Market and Delaware streets in downtown Indianapolis. Most residents don’t know why the catacombs were first built in 1880, although a copy of The Indianapolis Register from July 1886 hints that the network of tunnels accommodated the city’s red light district. “Our practical leaders know they cannot eradicate the vice that is spreading from Chicago and Detroit,” says the editorial. “Yet being a modest Midwestern town, we can certainly conceal it underground.”

During this year’s Indianapolis Film Festival, the catacombs will be open to the public for a screening of Fight Club on May 16. More importantly, the following Saturday night marks the kick-off of the city’s first proper fight club which, of course, is not being advertised. However, sources indicate that the owners of the conservative powerhouse Freedom 95 Radio will face off against four randomly selected Democratic members of the city council. Although this match-up has yet to be confirmed, it is worth noting that in a public ceremony at City Market on Monday morning, council member Jose Evans changed his party affiliation to Republican.