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Oaklandon Undertaker Died After Completing Vault

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Oakland Town Map - 1866

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Oakland Detail from 1866 Map
of Marion County, Indiana

Created / Published - Philadelphia : C.O. Titus, Publisher, 1866.

Detail fom 1866 Map of Marion County, IndianaClick to Enlarge

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    "Entered according to Act of Congress in the 1865 by C.O. Titus in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania." LC Land ownership maps, 158 Includes distance table, business directories, statistical table (1860 census), views of public and commercial buildings. Insets: Bridgeport -- Allison Ville -- Vertland -- Popular Grove -- Augusta -- Board Ripple -- West Newton -- Clermont -- Lanesville -- New Brethel -- Acton -- Cumber -- Oakland -- Southport -- Millarsville -- Spring Valley -- Mt. Jackson -- Wellington -- Hosbrook. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

Source: Library of Congress

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A Playground Of Dreams

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MapOfPlayAn image search on keword "Oaklandon" has yielded a bunch more images of the wooden play area that (beyond pictures) exists only as fond memories in the minds of those park-goers fortunate enough to have visited this unique creation. I would surely like to learn who was actually behind designing and building this work of art. I feel a research project coming on...

The following images were retrieved from MapOfPlay

Oaklandon Play Park 2011Oaklandon Play Park 2011 Oaklandon Play Park 2011 Oaklandon Play Park 2011 Oaklandon Play Park 2011 Oaklandon Play Park 2011 Oaklandon Play Park 2011

All Images Uploaded on August 26, 2011 by Angie Six
Source: https://mapofplay.kaboom.org/playspaces/99578

Oaklandon Play Park is located near Oaklandon Road and 65th Street. Oaklandon's unique feature is that it is a wooden playground. It is nicely shaded and has many places to sit while children play. It also features a gazebo. The playground sits near some railroad tracks . . . if you're lucky a train will go by and the kids will love it! Though it is an older playground, it is well-maintained and kids will appreciate its uniqueness.
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Parkour Reviews Oaklandon Play Park

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A nice look back on the wooden structures of the good old
Oaklandon Play Park of days gone by...

Published on Jul 26, 2013
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American Dirt Explores Oaklandon

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I was performing a Yahoo search of the web using the keywords "Oaklandon" and "History" and several pages deep into the results I was rewarded with a link to "American Dirt" a blog maintained by Eric McAfee and purporting to offer "Observations of Contemporary Landscapes - An Amature Lens and a Semi-Professional Eye."

Observations of Contemporary Landscapes - An Amature Lens and a Semi-Professional Eye.

The particular article of interest is titled "MONTAGE: Small town in the big city." In this piece Eric M. turns his lens toward several of the more obscure "historic rural enclaves in Marion County" wherein he explores Mars Hill, Maywood, Mickleyville, Lynhurst, Bridgeport, Flackville, Snacks, University Heights, Oaklandon and Julietta. Posted to the internet on December 31, 2009 many of the Oaklandon photos presented are already of historical significance and the pertanant section of the story is readily embraced by this website and is reproduced below with the very  gracious permission of the author.


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Oaklandon

As far northeast as you can get and still be in Marion County, the community of Oaklandon retains a considerable number of old commercial buildings, at the intersection of Pendleton Pike and Oaklandon Road. Most of the heart of the community focuses on its intersection of Oaklandon Road with an old Conrail line. It is one of the less obscure rural enclaves, and it’s surrounded by suburbia to the north, east, and west.


Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com
 

The majority of this community appears very well-maintained and preserved—particularly remarkable considering it sacrificed any political autonomy it might have had, after 1970’s Unigov.


Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com


Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com


Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com

Bad weather and the encroaching dusk prevented me from taking more lingering photos.

Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com


Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com

The community organized itself enough to dedicate and build a pocket park at the foot of the old water tower.

Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com


Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com

This blurry Unitarian Universalist church is one of several in the area that reference Oaklandon in its name.

Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com

The small-town character dissolves rapidly into suburbia on the north side of the railroad tracks, though the heavily-skylighted structure in the background clearly dates from Oaklandon’s origins as an old rail stop.

Image by Eric M. - DirtAmericana.com

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The Klepfer Liquor Case

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Indianapolis Journal,Indianapolis, Marion County, 28 May 1889

The Klepfer Liquor Case

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Excursion Tickets

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 2 September 1887

Excursion Tickets

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Peter Teale Arrested

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 28 April 1886

Peter Teale Arrested - 1886

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More on Germantown

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...
Germantown, Indiana
Germantown, Indiana, was founded in 1834 in what is now Geist Reservoir. It was actually built on the old north bank of the old Fall Creek. Residents, primarily of German heritage, from nearby Oaklandon founded the town following a disagreement over the murder of an Algonquin in Oaklandon. With just one general store, a shoemaker, a one-room schoolhouse and a mill, Germantown was very small. The town had about 20 residential properties in total.

The Start of Geist Reservoir
In the 1900s, water deficits in the Indianapolis area appeared to be impending issue. One man, Clarence Geist, a former owner of the Indianapolis Water Company, drew up plans for the creation of Geist Reservoir. The plan called for the damming of Fall Creek, which would, consequentially, flood the small town of Germantown. The obvious fate of the town did not stop the damming of Fall Creek. In 1943, the creek was dammed and began to flood the surrounding area, creating Geist Reservoir. Most of old Germantown no longer exists today. However, nearby Log Cabin Animal Hospital now occupies the oldest remaining Germantown structure.
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FindingHomesIndy.com's "Geist Reservior" by Lisa Witsken-Gearhart
 

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Crushed To Death Under His Wagon

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 3 October 1895

Crushed To Death Under His Wagon

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