Category Archives: Distinctives

Lilly’s overlook

J.K. Lilly built what would become the original location of the Lilly Library on the top of a bluff overlooking Eagle Creek. From this vantage point, approximately 100′ above the valley, he could see the diverse wildlife of the area, … Continue reading

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Herman Krannert, Normandy Farms and Traders Point

In the early 20th century, the Traders Point area became the location of choice for some of Marion County’s wealthier residents, including Department Store pioneers William H. Block & L.S. Ayres, Eli Lilly, J. K. Lilly, Industrialist Harold Ransburg, and … Continue reading

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Pike Township/Eagle Creek as described in 1975 Book

“It is the nostalgic rural character that makes Pike Township unique and sets it apart from other developing Indianapolis areas. The naturally beautiful rolling farmland and forested areas are still dominated by many of the farmsteads, homes and small villages … Continue reading

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Eagle Creek Park History

(narrative from 1983, Indianapolis Landscape Architecture book) Eagle Creek is one of the nation’s largest city parks. Of its 4574 acres, over thirteen hundred make up the reservoir. The creation of this expansive city park was the combined effort of … Continue reading

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C. Noble Bretzman and Traders Point

William Fortune’s Traders Point home would later become the residence of significant photographer Noble Bretzman. Noble Bretzman is buried in Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a short walk across Moore Road from his Traders Point home. The following biographical depiction of … Continue reading

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Traders Point Gives Up the Ghost (Indianapolis News Aug. 1, 1968)

(photo of 1958 Flood in Traders Point and a recent color photo from the same location which shows TOX DROP activities taking place within the same floodway – IRONY)     “One would be hard-pressed to find a point in … Continue reading

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New Bird Observatory etc.

One of my favorite spots at Eagle Creek Park is where Fishback Creek feeds into Eagle Creek Reservoir. This is a truly spectacular spot by canoe or kayak. And now the Eagle Creek Foundation and a group of ornithologists have … Continue reading

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Pike’s Black Heritage and Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church

Pike’s African-American residents can trace their families’ roots in the township for a century or more. One such symbol of the one hundred plus year history of African-Americans living in and near Traders Point is Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. Located … Continue reading

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Pike’s Black Heritage (Traders Point), Indianapolis Star article, 1996.

by S. L. Berry, Staff Writer. (orig. publ. in 1996) Imagine this: A place in central Indiana without urban sprawl. A place where farm fields spread out like a vast ocean of green, divided by gravel roads and dirt lanes. … Continue reading

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Corner Stone for area in Eagle Creek Park

Thursday, May 29, 2008

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