School Board President Metzler Hopes Someone Else Buys Moore Rd. Property

Friday, March 11, 2005

Ross,

Thank you for leaving copies of your Traders Point information for the Pike School Board members. I read it with great interest when I got home from the Thursday board meeting.

I am a lifetime Pike Township resident and remember going to church at the old Traders Point Church of Christ on Lafayette Road when I was a small child. I specifically remember an elderly lady giving peppermint candy to children she saw.

The information presents me with a great deal of information that does certainly cloud my thought process as regard to the possible school oriented property uses. I would be relieved if someone else would buy the property so that it would not be a possibility to go in our inventory or if our about-to-be-completed demographic study does indeed show that more property will not be needed.

If we are found to need more property, based on the demographic study, I hope someone can show us a financially reasonable alternative to the 86th & Moore Road property. After looking for approximately four years, we do not know of any other comparable pieces of property that are available in Pike Township.

Thanks for the late night entertainment reading the enjoyable history lesson.

Sincerely,
Larry J. Metzler

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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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