KIB Tree Planting November 3

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Above: Neighbor Jerry Baker is flanked by KIB employees.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and a team of nearly 70 volunteers planted trees along West 86th Street at Moore Road on Saturday November 3. The event was hosted by neighbors Jerry and Cindy Baker. In addition to TPAN residents, the planting of over 75 trees was assisted by several boy scout troops and high school members of Habitat For Humanity. An even larger Keep Indianapolis Beautiful project has been organized by Wendy Ford and is scheduled for Saturday November 17 for the northwest quadrant of West 71st Street and Lafayette Road. That project promises to landscape the unsightly salt barn at our neighborhood’s south entrance. The projects are part of KIB’s goal of planting 100,000 trees in Marion County in ten years. Plantings along West 86th Street were chosen by neighbors and KIB to help compensate for the right of way cutting by Indianapolis Power and Light last year and to alleviate the need for further right of way cutting by selecting low growth vegetation plantings under power lines.

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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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