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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone Number: +1 317-920-4165
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of...
Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills and located across the street from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Thousands visit this urban oasis to enjoy its peaceful beauty; study the architecture, sculptures and trees; exercise; picnic; view the wildlife and to study the history and heritage of the 200,000+ people buried there. A "must see" highlight is a visit to the top of "The Crown," the highest hill in the county, which affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Indianapolis skyline. Note: the white line painted on the roads connects both gates via the "scenic route" (including Pres. Harrison's memorial, the "Crown," National Cemetery, Gothic Chapel [1875], the Waiting Station and 34th Street Gothic gate [both 1885]. Crown Hill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notables include President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomb Riley, Col. Eli Lilly, three U.S. Vice Presidents, and numerous others, including the infamous bank robber John Dillinger. Twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, and featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," visitors can attend one of their many guided Public Tours (most scheduled to see the sunset), or schedule their own Private Group Tour. Pick-up a new Visitor's Guide Map at the Waiting Station building, inside the 34th St. gate. (3400 Boulevard Pl.) For more info on our national award-winning coffee table book, guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.
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fun place to drive through

if there is such a thing as a fun drive through a cemetery this is it. there are some famous people buried here, and the layout of the property is interesting. look for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Evansville, Indiana
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Evansville, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

if there is such a thing as a fun drive through a cemetery this is it. there are some famous people buried here, and the layout of the property is interesting. look for the Bookwalter grave site.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This is a review for Crown Hill as a visitor, not for their funeral services. You can tour the cemetery on your own, and I would definitely recommend grabbing a map before going. You can find one online here: http://www.crownhill.org/downloads/CHmap2008.pdf Few people know, even in Indianapolis, that this is the 3rd largest cemetery in the US (by acreage). It truly... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a historic cemetery with a lovely view of downtown. There is a president, a famous gangster, and many other notable Indianapolis residents. There is plenty of room to walk or even run. There have been running races through the cemetery in the past. There is a nice Halloween event every year, but tickets are required. Its a great... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I was a caregiver for 103 year old family friend. She passed away in November. Crown Hill did a lovely service. I also utilized there services when my son, mother-in-law, and mom passed away. Always very professional and caring.

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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Unfortunately we were not able to go on a guided tour of the cemetery. Before I go any further, I would suggest you see if you can go on a guided tour to get the full history/information of the place. The reason for only 3 starts - no self guided walking tour/brochure is available on their website. There's some scattered... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Crown Hill is a beautiful place to walk or ride bikes. It's well marked with lines to Benjamin Harrison's (23rd American president) grave. John Dillinger's (famous bank robber that partially instigated the creation of the FBI) as well as James Whitcomb Riley (American poet and story teller) are buried there. We watched a contemporary movie about John Dillinger and then... More 

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Indiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This cemetery has the best view of downtown Indy. Travel all the way to James Whitcomb Riley's grave, it's the highest point of the cemetery. The view is amazing!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

One of Indianapolis' historic and beautiful cemeteries. Located on west 38th street and worth the visit.

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Sarasota, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This area is beautiful and an awesome review of history as you walk through the area (much like a huge park). It's rolling hills are gorgeous in all season, even when the snow is on the trees.

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Columbus, Indiana, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Crown Hill Cemetery should be on everyone's list a places to visit at least once while in Indianapolis. It is a beautiful place filled with history and unique Memorials. Do yourself a favor and spend an afternoon exploring there!

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