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Welcome to Oaklandon Wednesday, June 19 2019 @ 11:02 PM EDT

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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Double Clipping

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 11 August 1897

Kicked to Death -- Waited Many Years

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Oakland Now Oaklandon

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Indianapolis Journal,Indianapolis, Marion County,
13 January 1892

Oakland Now Oaklandon

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An Oaklandon Pair Arrested

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Indianapolis Journal, Volume 49, Number 230,Indianapolis, Marion County,
18 August 1899

Oaklandon Pair Arrested

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Application For License

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Indianapolis Recorder,Indianapolis, Marion County, 23 September 1899

Application For License

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