Pogue's Run Tour

This tour was developed in partnership with Reconnecting to Our Waterways and the Pogue’s Run Waterway committee. The tour was developed to showcase points of interest along the waterway showcasing arts and culture; historic places, nature and recreation,

Pogue's Run Tour

Indianapolis, Indiana 46222, United States

Created By: Reconnecting to Our Waterways

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Pogue's Run is an urban creek that starts near the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Lennington Drive on the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana, and empties into the White River south of the Kentucky Avenue bridge over that river. At the stream's intersection with New York Street just east of downtown Indianapolis it enters a double-box culvert conduit through which it flows underneath downtown Indianapolis. It is named for George Pogue, who, along with John Wesley McCormick, were among the first settlers in what would become the city of Indianapolis.


Prior to the arrival of Pogue and McCormick, Native Americans and wildlife would often follow Pogue's Run as a pathway. George Pogue (c.1763–1821) was a blacksmith from Connersville, Indiana. In 1819, he blazed a trail that corresponds with the present-day Brookville Road. On March 2, 1819, he built a cabin for his family of seven where Michigan Street currently crosses Pogue's Run. However, there is some disagreement among historians about these events; Jacob Piatt Dunn wrote in his 1910 work Greater Indianapolis, that Pogue actually arrived on March 2, 1820, and moved into a cabin that had been built in 1819 by a Ute Perkins, who had left before Pogue arrived. Perkins reportedly had left the area because of his loneliness, later settling in Rush County, Indiana. The creek became known as Pogue's Run after Pogue disappeared in April 1821; it had been called Perkin's Run (after Ute Perkins) prior to Pogue's disappearance.

When Indianapolis was laid out, only Pogue's Run running diagonally across the southeast portion of the "Mile Square" disturbed the orderliness of the grid pattern. Alexander Ralston had to make compromises due to the stream's location within the congressional donation lands given for the future Indianapolis. Before the state government could be moved to Indianapolis from Corydon, fifty dollars was spent to rid swampy Pogue's Run of the mosquitoes that made it a "source of pestilence".


Indy Parks established the Pogue's Run Trail alongside the creek bed on the section northeast of downtown. New sections of trail are being planned for construction to connect the Pogue's Run Trail to downtown. As of August 2020, approximately two miles (3.2 km) of disjoint sections of the planned 5.3-mile (8.5 km) trail have been completed. The trail will run from the Monon Trail at 10th Street along the creek to the Pogues Run Art and Nature Park a few blocks west of Emerson Avenue.

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Pogue's Run is an urban creek that starts near the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Lennington Drive on the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana, and empties into the White River south of the Kentucky Avenue bridge over that river. A... Read more
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This mural designed by artist Brent Aldrich and painted by Lilly employees in 2013 depicts the area along the waterway throughout the decades. The artist traveled only a few blocks from his Englewood home to design a colorful mural on the R... Read more
Painted in 2019 by Brandon Miller who developed the concept to make the current concrete bridge look like an open metal bridge.
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Established in 2002 by lifelong gardener Terry Spotts, Spotts Garden Service works to create earth-friendly gardens that reflect the people who live and play in them. Terry, the founder and owner, grew up in a family that owned and operated... Read more
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Roberts School Flats boasts an impressive and relatively unknown past. Built in 1936, it was funded with grant money from the post-Depression era Public Works Administration’s New Deal and generous donations from its namesake, local phila... Read more
This charming little house was built by a decorative plaster craftsman in 1886. Englishman William Prosser (b. 1834) immigrated to America with his three young children, Jennie, Percy J., and William, Jr., in 1870. William’s wife died abo... Read more
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Sundial-Flatland Category: Outdoor Sculpture Collection: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. and The Arts Council of Indianapolis Location: Fletcher Park, Indianapolis Medium type: Steel, Plexiglas Date created: 2013 Artist Andrew Severns ... Read more
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Indianapolis Public Library Branch No. 6, also known as Spades Park Library, is a historic Carnegie library located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was built in 1911–1912, and is a two-story, "L"-shaped, Italian Renaissance style mason... Read more
Grid Currents Category: Outdoor Sculpture  Collection: Reconnecting to our Waterways Location: 1800 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46201 Medium type: Metal Date created: 2016 Through a partnership with Williams Creek Management fu... Read more
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Watermark (Spades Park Rest Stop) Category: Outdoor Sculpture Collection: Reconnecting to our Waterways Location: 1800 Nowland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46201 Medium type: Glass; Mixed Media; Steel Date created: 2016 Reconnecting to O... Read more
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Paramount School Brookside Rest Stop Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) Pogue’s Run: A Reason to Pause Under the direction of Eric Nordgulen from the Herron School of Art + Design, five local artists have come together to highlight th... Read more
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