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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone Number: +1 317-925-3800
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Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government cemetery with 555...

Crown Hill is the nation's 3rd largest non-government 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 (including a herd of white-tailed deer), 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), 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. Crown Hill's popular guided tours were twice named "The Best Walking Tour" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine, featured as one of Midwest Living Magazine's "Terrific Tours," and listed as one of "5 Things to Do in Indy Before You Die" by the Indianapolis Star. Visitors can attend one of 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 Place). For more info on their national award-winning coffee table book titled "Crown Hill: History, Spirit, Sanctuary," guided tours, historical info, tree maps, etc., please visit the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation online.

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Crown Hill is a beautiful cemetery with many historically notable people as well as non-notable but highly interesting people as well. The cemetery covers a very large area so if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cocoa, Florida
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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Crown Hill is a beautiful cemetery with many historically notable people as well as non-notable but highly interesting people as well. The cemetery covers a very large area so if you're walking and not on a tour be sure to have a map with everything marked that you would like to see. This may not be for everyone but if... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, its a cemetery but it's well worth a visit. A number of prominent people are buried here such as James Whitcomb Riley who is buried at the highest point in the county so, when visiting his grave you get a great view of downtown. You can also find John Dillinger, and other famous folks. Grounds are huge so it's... More 

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indianapolis, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful historic cemetery. Especially enjoy when they have a Civil War encampment. Famous names have burial spots here.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Crown Hill is filled with history and beauty. Look for their scheduled activities, walks and special events or simply enjoy a walk a visit to the top of the hill for a wonderful view of the city. Great fun for Haunted Tales and Poetry evenings

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

A highlight of Indianapolis. Up on a hill so great view of downtown. There are a couple of presidents and many famous people buried here. Also, my in-laws are buried here so I'm familiar with the grounds. It's a beautiful place to just walk and look at all the different markers and monuments. Not creepy at all.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I know this is a cemetery, but it is beautiful and very very peaceful. It's the third largest cemetery in the country.

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New Castle, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

I have been to quite a few cemeteries in Europe and here in the United States because there is beauty in a cemetery during all seasons. A cemetery represents the circle of it all: life and death. Also, it's where the present meets the past. I can never resist. The Gothic entrance and the Gothic Chapel gave the visitor a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

This beautiful tract of land is the highest spot in Indianapolis. John Dillinger and James Whitcomb Riley rest here. On certain nights there are ghost stories.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

I'll start by saying I like cemeteries. Not all, but famous cemeteries are famous for a reason. This cemetery deserves to be more famous. The monuments are spectacular. The trees and fields are lovely. The roads are well kept and easy to negotiate. And the visitor center has maps of where everyone is buried!! Even when the center is closed,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I like walking through this cemetery while taking photos The history of this cemetery is amazing Dating back centuries You will see a handful of famous people too

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