Iuka Ravine is a small neighborhood that takes full advantage of its natural landscape and topography. Arts & Crafts, English Tudor, Tudor Revival, English Cottage, Dutch Colonial, Craftsman, and even Spanish Revival homes hug the edge of wooded lots, which plunge dramatically into the Iuka Ravine. At the bottom of the ravine, Iuka Avenue is paved with bricks and meanders toward the center of the Indianola Terrace neighborhood. Iuka Avenue was the first street in Columbus to break the traditional grid pattern!
Before the founding of The Ohio State University in 1870, the area was the site of Indianola Farms, established by prominent stagecoach manufacturer, William Neil in 1818. His son, Robert, was the honorary first man to enlist in the Union Army from Ohio at the start of the Civil War. Robert was wounded at the Battle of Iuka, near Indianola, Mississippi. Later he gave his manor house at 1842 Indianola Avenue and the drives leading to it names that commemorated his service during the War.
Iuka Ravine is on the National and Columbus Registers of Historic Places. It has an active homeowners association that often teams with the Indianola Forest neighborhood association on projects and social activities.