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Christopher Apple House

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Western front of the Christopher Apple House
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AChristopher_Apple_House_front_and_side.jpg

Western front of the Christopher Apple House, located at 11663 Pendleton Pike (U.S. Route 36) in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Built in 1859, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination form. [ 3.5MB pdf ]

 

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wikimedia has something

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North on Oaklandon from Nogales
A house and a former church on the western side of the 6400 block of Oaklandon Road in Lawrence, Indiana, United States. This block is part of the Oaklandon Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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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

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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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Oaklandon Community by Cyndi Sloop

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The following article was written in 2007 by Cynthia Sloop for her blog, Cyndi Sloop's Community Scoop.  It represents one of the few articles I have found on the internet that attempts to address the Oaklandon Community as a whole (albeit from the point of view of a realestate professional.)

Source: http://activerain.com/ | Permission To Use Submitted: 10/13/2016
Oaklandon Water Tower

Water Tower

Oaklandon is located in Lawrence Township on the very edge of Marion County.  A few steps further and you would be in Hancock County - McCordsville, Indiana.

After a six year court battle, Oaklandon was annexed into Lawrence Township, Indianapolis.

In researching the Internet for the history of this community, I was able to find a PDF file at The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce website that gave some background about the Oaklandon Community.

John Emery platted the village that was originally called Oakland.  When Germantown relocated it's post office in 1870, the name of Oaklandon was taken.  I understand this was to keep from having any confusion about another part of Indiana that had a town named Oakland as well. 

 

Bell Tower

Bell Tower

(to the right Bell Tower - Original Building for Oaklandon Christian Church est. 1866).

Westminster Village North a retirement community on 57 acres, at one time was known as the Sunnyside Sanatorium.  This sanatorium was the first state sanatorium in Indiana.  It was thought that the abundant sunshine and fresh air helped to promote faster recoveries from tuberculosis infection.

While Oaklandon has a long history, I have had a difficult time tracking down some of the homes that are still here in the area.  I will share the building and what I know at this time.                                                                       

Benjamin F. Smith House [1885]

Benjamin F. Smith House [1885]

If you are considering a move, please visit my website http://cyndisloop 4indyhomes.com.
 

Christopher Apple House [1859]

Christopher Apple House [1859]
Dr Charles J. Kneer House [1923]

Dr Charles J. Kneer House [1923]
Historic Oaklandon Home

Historic Oaklandon Home
Oakland Lodge #140

Oakland Lodge #140
Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church

Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church
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