|The Oaklandon Historic District is significant under Criterion A as the most intact remnant of a small unincorporated community which has managed to retain its identity for over 150 years, despite its being enveloped and annexed by a larger city. Established to take advantage of a location along an early railroad line, Oaklandon never became a major trade center, but survived as a country town whose businesses served community residents and area farmers throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The district includes representative housing from the 1890s to the 1930s, as well as two historic churches. Thus, as a collection of small-town architecture, the district meets Criterion C. Transportation improvements and the growth of nearby Indianapolis and Lawrence caused the community to loose its importance as even a center of local commerce by the second half of the 20th century, and it is now surrounded by new housing additions and strip malls. However, the Oaklandon Historic District still retains the atmosphere of a small late 19th/early 20th century community in the midst of urban sprawl.