Dandy Trail Photos – 100+ years old!

Blogger Jim Grey called a few months ago with interesting news. He had purchased a few glass plate negatives on Ebay (of all places) that were entitled Dandy Trail photos. We agreed to meet at the Traders Point Loft for lunch so that he could show me the negatives. While we waited for lunch he carefully unwrapped one of the 4″ x 6″ sheets of glass and passed it to me. There is a certain excitement known to photographers when they see a negative image. From my darkroom days I knew that conventional printing of these glass plates into positive images would be a delicate job best left to professionals. (Although I had recently used the white board of a computer screen to photograph over 100 glass plates from Pike Township’s earliest days and reversed them in Photoshop, Jim wanted these images printed and digitally saved by pros.)

This morning I received an email from Jim with a hyperlink to the professionally remastered images. With his permission I repost one of these. (To see all 7 images you’ll need to click on over to Jim’s flicker collections.)  Thanks Jim, these are awesome.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mobilene/sets/72157629790704676/with/7223777492/

Please help us identify the couple in the image.  They would have been born in the 1860s – 1870s(?) and they may have been Dandy’s owners!   Dandy Trail was an 88 mile roadway surrounding Indianapolis in the early 1900s. Named for a dog belonging to an executive with the Hoosier Motor Club, the roadway entered Traders Point just north and west of Eagle Creek and just south of what is now the Farm Bureau Coop and Salt Barn. Dandy Trail was the primary route into Traders Point for the valley residents south of the village.

Jim has traced the route using Google Maps! http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205165255168667637225.0004c059583b5ff6dfdc5&msa=0

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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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