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Traders Point could have developed much differently

I am fascinated by land use and the role public and private property owners play in land-use entitlements. There is a delicate balance between private property rights and the interests of the larger community. Zoning plays an important role in … Continue reading

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Fermilab could have been in Traders Point? !

From the previous post about R.B.Stewart’s leadership at Purdue we learned that Purdue University and the State of Indiana proposed a federal nuclear atomic research program and particle accelerator project (now known as the Fermilab) for the J.K. Lilly land … Continue reading

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Traders Point, Purdue University, J.K. Lilly & Herman Krannert detailed

Friend of this blog Nick Harby, of West Lafayette, has tipped me off to a fascinating account of Purdue University’s role in two high-profile former area property owners; J.K. Lilly and Herman Krannert. Nick writes: “Years ago I found a … Continue reading

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Dandy Trail Bridge at Fishback Creek

Any kayaker venturing down Eagle Creek into the reservoir, and every fisherman knows this rusty old bridge. It’s at the southwest corner of Fishback Creek and Eagle Creek. Dandy Trail was a scenic roadway that meandered along the westside of … Continue reading

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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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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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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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