This blog began simply because it made more sense to place bits of data I acquired about the area on the web rather than in a shoebox (which is what I had been doing before I discovered blogging). There are days, weeks and months when I have nothing to say and nothing changes. And there are also times when I add three or four disparate ideas pertaining to Traders Point in a week. But rarely does anyone contact me. And that’s ok because this is more a safety deposit box than a lemonade stand. But I am beginning to notice there are people out there and I want to share some of the contacts I have made that would not have otherwise occurred.
1. A great, great, great, great granddaughter in Iowa researching her family’s genealogy was able to locate the final resting place of an important patriarch who lived here in the 1700s, after reading an article I had written about the Cotton Cemetery (in the West 86th St. development). We plan to meet in the near future.
2. A man from Ohio I know solely by his email address asked me about a former resident of Traders Point who died in the 1920s and initiated my year-long study into the life and death of artist Cassily Adams, who painted Custer’s Last Fight.
3. A son seeking information on the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery for his mother who owned a lot, found me through a google search that linked to a blog article about the cemetery. He was able to confirm a way to make arrangements for his mother’s service and to reach the cemetery, which is not in any phone book. I have since established a site for the cemetery http://www.ophc.info/ and have had others reach us there.
4. A writer curious about the area found the blog and wrote a feature article for Nuvo Magazine’s Neighborhood Guide 2008, naming Traders Point one of the 13 most distinctive neighborhoods in central Indiana.
It is hard to believe how far we have come since the Smith Corona that got me through college and the IBMselectric that greeted me in my first job. Thanks to the internet, to blogging and to search engines; Traders Point, and the stuff in it and of it, has become known to a few people seeking something with me at the other end.
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.