“One would be hard-pressed to find a point in Traders Point, much less a trader. Traders Point is gone–population zero. All that remains of the settlement on U.S. 52 northwest of Indianapolis is a Farm Bureau Co-op building, Pike Township Fire Station No. 2, an abandoned Standard service station, 19 telephones and eight road signs. Although it has not been confirmed, it is believed that what remains of Traders Point will someday be gone–highway and all.It is six-tenths of one mile between city limits signs. Located between the two Traders Point signs four years ago were 14 homes, a grocery, two churches, a garage and what now remains. Demolition crews and bulldozers have succeeded in making Traders Point just a ‘wide place in the road.’ Why? Eagle Creek Reservoir, says the Indianapolis Flood Control Board office. ‘Political move,’ says a former lifetime resident of Traders Point. Normal pool elevation of the reservoir will be 790 feet above sea level. Flood elevation would be 811.5 feet. Traders Point elevation is 800 feet. Hence, at flood level, Traders Point would be 11 feet under water. Therefore, U.S. 52 might also be abandoned, with I-65 or a new section of Ind. 100 now under construction to be used in place of the highway.Albert Hardin, 8104 Wilson Road, is a 62-year old employee of Purdue University. He has been a resident of the Traders Point area since 1906. ‘The people who have been moved out of Traders Point look at the reservoir as a political joke,’ Hardin said. ‘It’s a crime that they made people move out of there. We can’t understand why they took ground higher than the Interstate (I-65) because it might someday be under water. Back when I was a tot I can recall my grandfather talking about going to the Civil War from Traders Point, so that gives you some idea as to how old the settlement is, Hardin said.There were good, livable homes in Traders Point which had been handed down from generation to generation, and now it’s gone. But, he concluded, I’ve quit worrying about it.’ So have a lot of other people. There’s no one left in Traders Point to worry.
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Hi Jim, I have been off line for a while with the blog. Thanks for your efforts. Always good to see what you’ve been doing.