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Lockerbie Square

 
 
Lockerbie Square Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2018
1. Lockerbie Square Marker, side one
Inscription. This historic neighborhood was originally platted in 1847 and 1850. Its name was derived from Lockerbie Street, which was named after George M. Lockerbie, an early Indianapolis resident. James Whitcomb Riley, who resided on Lockerbie Street 1893-1916, made it famous in an 1880 poem. Lockerbie was home to business leaders, skilled laborers, and craftsmen.

Lockerbie Square includes residential, commercial, religious, and educational structures built mainly circa 1855-1930 in a mix of architectural styles. Neighborhood revitalization begun in 1960s resulted in the first historic district preservation area in Indianapolis. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1973; area enlarged, 1987.
 
Erected 1998 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Lockerbie Square People's Club. (Marker Number 49.1998.2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 46.39′ N, 86° 8.92′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of East Street and Lockerbie Street, on the left when traveling south on East Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Lockerbie Square Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2018
2. Lockerbie Square Marker, side two
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Little Sisters of the Poor (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Vincent’s Infirmary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Athenaeum (about 400 feet away); James Whitcomb Riley Home (about 500 feet away); Roberts Park United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Market Street Temple (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Indiana State Meeting of the Christian Churches (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zerelda G. Wallace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
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Additional comments.
1. Lockerbie Street, by James Withcomb Riley
Such a dear little street it is, nestled away
From the noise of the city and heat of the day,
In cool shady coverts of whispering trees,
With their leaves lifted up to shake hands with the breeze
Which in all its wide wanderings never may meet
With a resting-place fairer than Lockerbie street!

There is such a relief, from the clangor and din
Of the heart of the town, to go loitering in
Through the dim, narrow walks, with the sheltering shade
Of the trees waving over the long promenade,
And littering lightly the ways of our
Lockerbie Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2018
3. Lockerbie Square Marker
feet
With the gold of the sunshine of Lockerbie street.

And the nights that come down the dark pathways of dusk,
With the stars in their tresses, and odors of musk
In their moon-woven raiments, bespangled with dews,
And looped up with lilies for lovers to use
In the songs that they sing to the tinkle and beat
Of their sweet serenadings through Lockerbie street.

O my Lockerbie street! You are fair to be seen—
Be it noon of the day, or the rare and serene
Afternoon of the night—you are one to my heart,
And I love you above all the phrases of art,
For no language could frame and no lips could repeat
My rhyme-haunted raptures of Lockerbie street.
    — Submitted December 31, 2018.

 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
One of the homes in Lockerbie Square image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
4. One of the homes in Lockerbie Square
Looking at the cobblestones on Lockerbie Street image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
5. Looking at the cobblestones on Lockerbie Street
One of the homes in Lockerbie Square image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
6. One of the homes in Lockerbie Square
One of the homes in Lockerbie Square image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
7. One of the homes in Lockerbie Square
James Whitcomb Riley's house is in Lockerbie Square. image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
8. James Whitcomb Riley's house is in Lockerbie Square.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,284 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 31, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 22, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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