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One of the major reasons for beginning this Unofficial Oaklandon Community Website was the frustration I felt when trying to revisit an article I remembered seeing on the internet many years ago; unable to find it to spite countless searches. I knew it was an article dealing with Oaklandon history and spoke of the neighborhood of Paradise (located on the southern edge of Oaklandon.)

This effort served to motivate me to collect as much Oaklandon related content as I could in an attempt to make this a repository (of sorts) for all things Oaklandonish.

On a visit today to The Program of Digital Scholarship at IUPUI University Library; a search on Oaklandon revealed a digital edition of the 1994 Indiana University Press publication:

The Encyclopedia of IndianapolisThe Encyclopedia
of Indianapolis

Edited by DAVID J. BODENHAMER
and ROBERT G. BARROWS
with the assistance of David G. Vanderstel


A PROJECT OF THE POLIS RESEARCH CENTER OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY,  INDIANAPOLIS
 

 

 

The following excerpt (from pages 1200~01 by Glory-June Greiff) contains those very words for which I have been seeking:


During the 1920s the highway department began to construct bypasses around the business centers of larger cities and entirely past smaller villages, such as that of S.R. 67 around Oaklandon. New buildings containing businesses geared toward the highway traveler, such as short order restaurants and filling stations, appeared along these bypasses and approaches to towns. Paradise, now a group of rental properties on the south side of Oaklandon, began as a motley collection of tourist cabins, along with a grocery and gas station, serving the new S.R. 67 bypass in the late 1920s. There still exist scattered examples of this development along the present but especially the former state highway routes in Marion County, which give clues as to the past suburbanization of Indianapolis. 


Detail of 1915 Map showing Paradise Tourist Camp

Paradise Tourist Camp 1915

Indianapolis Sanborn Map #458, 1938

Paradise Lost No Longer!

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