1942 Photo of Traders Point Covered Bridge (86th and Fishback Creek)

One of the joys of maintaining this blog is stumbling upon old photos of the area. This photo of the covered bridge on West 86th Street over Fishback Creek appears to have been taken from the top of the hill at the northwest corner of West 86th Street and Lafayette Road looking south. The vegetation is more overgrown now but I today photographed the same perspective for comparison to the 1942 photo. The bridge was relocated to a site south of 86th and west of Interstate 65 in the 1960s. The bridge was reportedly sold recently to Traders Point Creamery, located 2 miles east on Moore Road. It is possible the bridge will be moved again, to a site on the creamery property. Stay tuned for more on that! The following is more information about the photo.

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Traders Point Covered Bridge
Holmes, Alvin W., 1902-1988
Side view of Traders Point covered bridge, Marion County, IN
Covered bridges — Indiana
United StatesIndiana
Media Type
Still Image
Original Physical Format
35mm Slide
This photograph is the sole property of Ball State University. Any reproduction or use is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of the Drawings and Documents Archive, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306.
Alvin W. Holmes Collection
CAP Drawings and Documents Archive
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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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