National Register UPDATE

Dear Traders Point Neighbors:

For those of you who attended the community meeting last Wednesday about our National Register application, you got a small glimpse of the extent of work that goes into preparing such an application and the steps of the process to be listed in the National Register.

The review board (Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology) meeting where our application will be considered is Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at 1:30 PM, in the Indiana Government Center South Building, Conference Room A. The meeting agenda is on the DNR web site. Our application is available on the web site at
http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/rb_agenda.html

The full application can be viewed at the above web site and is listed under the title of “Eagle Township MPD”. The application is 28 megabites and took my computer a bit of time to open. It is 82 pages and contains pictures and maps, some with color.

If you signed the sheet at last Wednesday’s meeting requesting to receive a copy of the application, please download it from the DNR web site provided above. If that is not possible for you, then contact Cindy Lamberjack or me. Due to the length and complexity of the document, printing it for all the people who requested to receive a hard copy will be too expensive.

And, by the way, don’t just download it, read it or at least scan around in it. There is a wealth of information contained in the application, and I think there is a satisfying sense of continuity to feel so connected to those who walked and worked our lands before us.

Sincerely,
MAS

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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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