Category Archives: Historic Residents

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‚Äôs 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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William Fortune and Traders Point

William Fortune was an integral part of the emergence of Indianapolis from a rural village in the 188os to first class city status in 1920. Philanthropic institutions like the war chest and Commercial Club (predescessor to the Chamber of Commerce) … 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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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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J. K. Lilly, Jr. and Traders Point area

Friday, June 13, 2008 Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr. (1893-1966) was the youngest son of J.K. Lilly Sr. He earned a pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan and entered the family business in 1914. He focused on personnel and marketing. … Continue reading

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Lilly Lake Dam Break

Monday, March 24, 2008 Disgrace near Traders Point J.K. Lilly may have been inspired by Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of modern day landscape architecture, during the creation of Lilly Lake. This small man-made lake, nestled in a mature wooded … Continue reading

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