Landscape Architecture Students and Traders Point!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Over the previous 3 months, three Purdue University Landscape Architecture students have been working on a project regarding the Traders Point Triangle area, an area ranging from Lafayette Road on the south to Hunt Club Road on the north. Their main objective is to provide the community, its leaders and potential developers with an insight to what Traders Point could and should be, paying respect to the natural and historic character of the area. They are working under the belief that the need for preservation and smart growth of the land is apparent as valued open space and woodlands are rapidly giving way to suburban sprawl. Two of the students are local, one from Zionsville and one from Traders Point, and therefore have a vested interest in the area!

The students will be sharing their findings/presentation with us at The Creamery at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 29th. The presentation is titled “Preservation Methods, Comprehensive Planning & Establishing Community Identity”. Please join them for this hour presentation. They have worked long and hard and it would be great to encourage continued support and new ideas from the next generation! Some of their “Context and Goals” posters are currently on display at The Creamery.

See you then!

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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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