Traders Point Gateway Beautification project next Saturday, November 17th 2007

Hello folks!

Thank you so much for signing up to participate in the Traders Pointe Gateway Beautification project next Saturday, November 17th!

Residents and visitors of this area are proud of the high quality scenic environment, and seek to blend the INDOT Salt Dome at 71st and Lafayette Rd into its surroundings with native trees and shrubs that will provide spring and summer flowers, wildlife habitat, beautiful fall color and seed pods in the winter! Thank you for choosing to be a part of this monumental project!

As this is a project in conjuntion with INDOT, please note that all volunteers must sign an INDOT waiver to participate. The waiver is attached, please print and bring the day of the planting, or fax to 264-7565, Attn: Phil Schaefer. We will also have some additional waivers at the planting in case you forget.

Volunteers will be meeting at the NW corner of 71st Street and Lafayette Road, in front of the INDOT salt dome and maintenance facility. Look for the tent!

Lafayette Rd. is easily accessed by taking 71st St./Westlane Rd. west toward I-465. Once you pass the 71st St/I-465 junction, Lafayette Rd. will be the next major intersection. You will clearly see the meeting location for the project on the NW corner of 71st and Lafayette. You can also easily reach the project by taking I-65 N/S to the 71st St. Exit (Exit 124). The street immediately to the east of this exit is Lafayette Rd. Volunteers may park anywhere in the large open lot just north of the INDOT maintenence facility.

Please arrive a little before 9:00 am, as at 9:00 am KIB project manager Phil Schaefer will give all instructions for the day!

Refreshments will be provided to all volunteers. The project should last no later than 1:00 pm.

No experience necessary, and no need to bring anything, unless you have a special pair of gardening gloves that you like to use. KIB provides all tools, gloves and other equipment. Make sure to wear closed-toes shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. KIB plants RAIN or SHINE!

I will be gone all next week at a conference in Baltimore. If something comes up and you are unable to volunteer, or if you have questions leading up to the event, please contact Phil Schaefer at 223-5188 or Wendy Ford is also an excellent Traders Point community contact, and her e-mail is

If you have any questions the morning of the event, Phil Schaefer will be available via cell phone at 223-5188.

Have a great week!

Sarah Grain
Director of Community Outreach and Volunteers
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
445 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 910
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204
317.264.7555 x106 (office)
317.264.7565 (fax)


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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