Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
German Greenhouses and Truck Gardens
Many of Indiana's German immigrants settled in southwestern Marion County during the mid-1800s and began greenhouses and truck gardens on Bluff Road; area grew to major boundaries of Harding, Raymond, Madison, and Banta streets. Family owners formed organizations for collective bargaining power, uniform product quality, and members' health and death benefits.
German Gardeners Benefit Society founded 1867. "Hoosier Boy" trade name used by 87 businesses of Marion County Greenhouse Growers Association, founded 1920. Area was one of largest concentrations of winter tomato and lettuce production under glass in U.S. Refrigerated transportation contributed to closure of many growers' businesses. Greenhouses still a part of the economic life of this area.
Erected 1998 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Indpls. Gardeners Benefit Soc., Marion Co. Greenhouse Growers Assn., and Indpls. Vegetable Growers Assn. (Marker Number 49.1998.3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 42.435′ N, 86° 10.229′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is located on the west side of Bluff Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 555 W. Hanna Ave, Indianapolis IN 46217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bates-Hendricks House (approx. 2.9 miles away); John Muir in Indianapolis (approx. 3.6 miles away); Holy Rosary - Danish Church Historic District (approx. 3.7 miles away); 28th Regiment USCT (approx. 3.7 miles away); Sarah T. Bolton (approx. 3.8 miles away); Calvin Fletcher (approx. 3.9 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Southport (approx. 3.9 miles away); Indianapolis Times (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
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