National Register UPDATE 07.19.2006 @ Creamery!

Dear Traders Point Neighbors:

Good news! The process is moving along on applying for a National Register nomination for our area as an historic district. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 PM at the Creamery to explain to our area residents what a National Register nomination means for our area and the boundaries it will follow.

The review board meets on July 26th to review our application so we’re anxious to move forward to inform our neighbors what it all means! We’ll have the following three speakers at the Creamery informational meeting:

Frank Hurdis, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology

Mark Dollase, Historic Landmark Foundation of IN

Eliza Steelwater, Historic Consultant

It’s been an immense amount of time and work by those closely involved in pursuing this very distinctive designation. The final result will be well worth the considerable effort. Let’s all be proud of our unique Traders Point area and come together on July 19th to learn more about our historic area.

See you at the Creamery,

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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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