Category Archives: Area History

1942 Photo of Traders Point Covered Bridge (86th and Fishback Creek)

One of the joys of maintaining this blog is stumbling upon old photos of the area. This photo of the covered bridge on West 86th Street over Fishback Creek appears to have been taken from the top of the hill … Continue reading

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Pike Township is named for explorer Zebulon Pike

http://tinyurl.com/8gy9nn The chronology of the naming of the 9 townships in Marion County in the 1820s leads me to conclude that Pike Township is one of the many tributes to explorer Zebulon Pike. Occurring simultaneous to the Lewis and Clark … Continue reading

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Eagle Creek navigable to the new state capitol in Conner’s day?

William Conner would have seen a very different Eagle Creek Valley than we know today. In addition to Conner’s knowledge of the Miami Indians of the Eagle Creek Valley, Conner would have seen the creek as a navigable waterway connecting … Continue reading

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Two Vivid Accounts of William Conner’s Trading Post and Wealth

1. A History of the Formation, Settlement and Development of Hamilton County … By Augustus Finch Shirts Photo of Augustus Finch Shirts (1901) “The First Settlers. The lands within the bounds of Hamilton County Indiana together with other lands were … Continue reading

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Demolition soon for historic Ropkey farmhouse?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 This today from a Traders Point neighbor: “Kite Realty has applied for a demolition permit for the Ropkey farmhouse at 79th and Marsh Road. This property is on the list of historic places. We need publicity. … Continue reading

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IBJ blog features Cotton Ropkey House

Thursday, January 15, 2009 http://propertylines.ibj.com/ The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana is racing to save the Cotton-Ropkey House at 79th Street and Marsh Road just west of I-465. The owner of the property, Kite Realty Group, applied for a demolition … Continue reading

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My Very Good Coincidence (and William Conner)

In 1980 I graduated Earlham College in Richmond Indiana and was employed in the administrative offices of its museum, Conner Prairie, in Noblesville. Conner Prairie is a living-history museum and its crown jewel is William Conner’s brick house constructed in … Continue reading

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