Traders Point Gateway Project Nov. 17, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

We’re on!

Friends, we’ve just learned that the liability and maintenance issues with the State have been resolved and our project is a GO! Our thanks to Rep. Phil Hinkle and Sen. Mike Delph for pulling some strings on our behalf.

Our new planting date is Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

We hoped for cooler weather, and we’re certain to have it then! Get out your long underwear and fleece jackets, and prepare to join us for an adventure in planting. We count on many hands to make light work of installing 100 native trees and shrubs that will enhance the gateway to our neighborhoods.

Please watch your email for a bulletin from Sarah Grain of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. Sarah is asking you to sign up with her so she can track how many additional volunteers to recruit from outside Traders Point.

To meet our commitments to INDOT, you will be asked to sign a waiver of liability to participate in planting on State property.

Though the planting date and some process details have changed, our aim of surrounding the INDOT facility with a pleasing landscape remains the same. When Sarah Grain emails you, please say yes to joining us on planting day.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Wendy FordTraders Point Gateway Committee

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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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