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Pogue's Run Trail – Indy
Pogue’s Run Trail is named for pioneer settler George Pogue, who put down roots near the creek called Pogue’s Run. With John Wesley McCormick, Pogue helped establish the area that in 1820 was enacted by Indiana ’s General Assembly to be the new state capital site.
Today, this creek is surrounded by mostly urban Indianapolis , with adjoining parklands in places. The southern portion of Pogue’s Run has been channeled under the city since the early1900s, from which it eventually spills into White River south of White River State Park .
Pogue’s Run Trail is a paved, gravel and/or stone surface that extends for some two miles on the northeast side of downtown Indianapolis . The completed south-end portion currently starts in Brookside Park at a boardwalk bridge in a wooded setting, but sidewalks can carry you further south and west if you wish, to where the creek passes underground near the I-65/I-70 split and exit 110.
Brookside Park has been in existence since the 1920s as part of landscape architect George Kessler’s greenway system in Indianapolis . Brookside Park and nearby Spades Park include over 100 acres with facilities for picnics, a playground, basketball courts, and a recreation center. The Pogue’s Run Trail route also connects to other park pathways. In addition, disc golf is available and grassy, open lawns. The trail runs from Brookside Park, into North Olney Drive , but going south. It turns east on the park road and dead-ends into a wood.
Future plans call for extending the trail where it currently takes to the road, crossing Sherman Drive where the creek dives under it, and through the neighborhood Forest Manor Park with its softball complex.
The trail at its north end picks up again in Pogues Run Art and Nature Park , where public arts projects tie in with the outdoor surroundings. At this northern end of the Pogue is a section known as the Basin Trail. In this area, it is a 1.5 mile pathway through a recently-completed flood control project that includes man-made wetlands and open water covering some 22 ½ acres. Besides the lower ground, there is higher-ground recreational property, along with wildlife habitat, and native prairie plantings. These waterways are good places to spot waterfowl and smaller birds that frequent wetter territory.
For those lamenting the beauties of stream-flow through Indianapolis , where the south-end waters are now diverted under the city through an aqueduct, a small bright spot beckons. It’s now possible to make a holiday-adventure out of following the trail of the diverted Pogue’s Run, thanks to artist Sean Derry and his helpers.
Through Derry ’s 2004 proposal and with co-operation of public officials in the “Charting Pogue’s Run” project, a semi-permanent blue line was painted across downtown streets, sidewalks, and parking lots to trace the course of the now-underground creek bed. Medallions were inserted into the course so that, when the line fades, it can still be followed, or at least recalled. Be forewarned, however: the “trail” takes in Lucas Oil Stadium, Conseco Fieldhouse, and other Indy buildings! It’s not always easy to pick it up again on the other side.
Finally, East Side residents hope that the Pogues’s Run Trail may also be linked into the Monon’s 10th Street trailhead, and the Cultural Trail’s route. These improvements, plus closeness to the Mass Ave district and major parks, would give the Pogue unique flavor.
Read More . . . following the blue-line Pogue.