Monday, March 07, 2005 Welcome to the Blog

A few weeks ago, a small email list was started to keep residents living near the Traders Point area apprised of various pressing neighborhood issues. That list has grown rapidly and will become progressively more unwieldy as names continue to be added. As the list grows so does the volume of email; it’s just a matter of time before the flow of information becomes overwhelming.

This blog is an attempt to manage that information. At least initially, a few individuals — let’s just call them “editors” — will be in charge of generating posts to the blog. Any reader will be able to comment on the posts or on other comments.

Useful links will be available in the sidebar, as will the archives of past discussions.

Bear in mind that this forum is posted on the World Wide Web, and anyone who happens upon the URL will have the same access to the posts and archives as those of us who live in the neighborhood. This isn’t meant to instill any paranoia, but to point out that this is essentially a public forum — so don’t convey any information that you wouldn’t want to be common knowledge.

That said, welcome to the blog. I hope you find it useful!

If you have any suggestions, please direct them to webmaster@historictraderspoint.org .

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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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