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“Huge cemetery lots of famous people” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery
700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317 925-3800
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Ranked #12 of 82 attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Founded in 1863, Crown Hill is the nation’s 3rd largest cemetery with 555 acres of beautiful rolling hills 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.
Carmel, Indiana
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“Huge cemetery lots of famous people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

Was there taking photographs found grave of inventor of the Gatling gun, pretty cool, also Dillinger buried here, Benjamin Harrison are among the notables

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“What visit a cemetery??? Why???”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is one of my favorite places to go in Indianapolis---I know, I'm strange:) Most people don't realize the highest point of Marion County is in Crown Hill. There is so much history in the cemetery. There are tours available and I've heard they are excellent and add a lot of value to the visit. I personally had someone with me who had all of the info about the cemetery. Even if you don't take an official tour, it is a beautiful and calm place to visit and truly different than the average place to tour:)

Visited May 2012
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Columbus, Indiana
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“A great walking experience.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The grounds are kept in prestine conditions. It was fun to wonder among the graves of famous people. John Dillinger is just one of the better know personalities burried there.

Visited April 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“The view is worth a twilight visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The highest point in Indianapolis is located in the cemetery. It is the burial spot of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. We were there with a group of teenagers for a guided tour. This would be a great spot for a summer time picnic.

If you come in the evening, be sure to bring a flashlight. Lighting is poor in many spots.

Our guide was very knowledgeable. He had the dirt on many of the notables buried there. The experience would not be remotely as fun without the guided tour.

There are renovations ongoing with the veteran's graves. So, it might be difficult to find specific graves.

You can search for names on the website. Given the age of the cemetery, if your family has been in the area for a long time, it is a good possibility that you have an ancestor buried here.

Visited October 2012
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Plainfield, Indiana, United States
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“Great way to spend a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is more state park than cemetery. Wonderful walk through history. The highest place in Indianapolis is an awesome sight right in the middle of the cemetery.

Visited September 2012
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