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Description of Lawrence

Lawrence is among one of the four "excluded cities" of Marion County, Indiana. Situated on the northeast side of Indianapolis, the city was platted in 1849 as Lanesville. However, other names were tried for the town because there was already another Lanseville in existence in Indiana. In 1866, the name Lawrence was approved by the Marion County Commissioners. It is named after Captain James Lawrence, the naval hero of the War of 1812, and is the same as the Lawrence Township that it's located in.

In 1929, Lawrence became an independent town. In 1969, as Marion County and Indianapolis adopted the unified government structure Unigov, Lawrence became an excluded city and retained its own municipal government. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 46,001 people and a total area of 20.24 square miles. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, it has a humid continental climate.

Fort Benjamin Harrison

Fort Benjamin Harrison was a U.S. Army post in Lawrence Township between 1906 and 1991. Named after former President Benjamin Harrison, the land for the post was acquired in 1903 by the U.S. Army after Harrison's son Russell helped facilitate the sale of a nearby U.S. Arsenal. In 1991, the base was closed as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Today, it is the site of Fort Harrison State Park and includes residential neighborhoods and a golf course. On September 6, 1995, Fort Benjamin Harrison Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). That same year, its boundaries on the NRHP was increased.

Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison State Park, or Fort Ben, is located on part of the former site of Fort Benjamin Harrison. The Indiana state park is a day-use park. Its only overnight facility is The Fort Golf Resort that was the old officers' club. The 18-hole golf course was a popular designation for Indianapolis golfers. When the fort was closed down in 1991, Pete Dye redesigned the golf course into a 72-par course. Today, the four Officer's Homes are available for overnight lodging, and the VIP housing has been turned into the Harrison House Suites. Other amenities of the park are:

  • Six hiking trails for mountain biking, in-line skating, and walking
  • One horseback riding trail
  • Horse rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice fishing
  • Wildlife watching
  • Picnicking

Fort Harrison also features a former World War II prisoner of war camp, Citizen's Military Training Camp, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The 1,700 acres park was established in 1996 and governed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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