Acton Campground 1859-1905

Acton Campground 1859-1905 (HM1U19)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46259 Marion County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 39.6486', W 85° 58.3104'

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In June 1859 the Indianapolis District of the Camp-Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church established the 40 acre Acton Campground at this site later known as Acton Park. A hotel, pavilion, man-made lake and cottages were constructed. Thousands of visitors came by horse and wagon, buggies, and train to hear famous speakers, including William Jennings Bryan. Acton Park was part of the Chautauqua circuit. WTC held 3-day outings here. Sunday school picnics and other moral and religious celebrations were permitted.

On Nov 12, 1905 a disastrous fire swept over the grounds. It was believed that sparks from a passing locomotive started the fire. It destroyed the pavilion, 110 cottages and many fine trees. In 2004 Indy Parks acquired 23 acres of the camp to develop into a public park.
HM NumberHM1U19
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Historical Period20th Century, 19th Century
Historical PlacePark, Hotel, Community Center, Church/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleCommemmorative Marker
Year Placed2005
Placed ByIndiana Daughters of the American Revolution
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 12:46pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
Directions InformationExit I-74 South at Acton Road exit. About 1.4 miles South of Interstate on the right.
Location DescriptionAt corner of Acton Park in NW corner of intersection of Southport Rd and Acton Rd.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 588197 N 4390616
Decimal Degrees39.66081000, -85.97184000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.6486', W 85° 58.3104'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 38.9160" N, 85° 58' 18.6240" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)317
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10836-10998 E Southport Rd, Indianapolis IN 46259, US
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