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Crown Hill Cemetery

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Address: 700 W 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-4240
Phone Number: +1 317-925-3800
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Quiet, historic, beautiful

Even if you are not usually interested in cemeteries, the view from the Riley monument, on the hill, is worth the trip. But also check out the Civil War section, and the lovely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even if you are not usually interested in cemeteries, the view from the Riley monument, on the hill, is worth the trip. But also check out the Civil War section, and the lovely chapel. Peaceful and beautiful.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Check out famous Hoosiers and not so famous Hoosiers on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery. Great for a walk or bike ride and just down the street from IMA. Visit James Whitcolm Riley's grave/the highest point in Indianapolis. There are guided tours, but I've yet to go on one.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Crown Hill was dedicated on June 1, 1864 & encompasses 555 acres, making it the 3rd largest non-governmental cemetery in the U.S. It is the final resting place for President Benjamin Harrison, Vice Presidents Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas A. Hendricks & Thomas R. Marshall & the notorious bank robber, John Dillinger. The gravesite of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley overlooks... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

One of the oldest Cemetery's in America history beyond belief and also haunted history here as well Maintained and filled with wild life have seen Deer walking about this is a no hunting zone everything is peaceful

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

I love cemeteries, love reading the old stones & wondering what happened in their lives. Dillingers is a must.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

all I can tell it is a beautiful place from the several entrances to the Eli whittle grave that overlooks downtown's skyline it is keep up and respectful cemetery of historical Indy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

It was a little difficult to figure out the entrance. We had to drive in past the new area, where a funeral was taking place. We weren't really sure, at first that we were supposed to be there, but later on we saw others on bikes and just walking through. It was well worth the effort. It's a beautiful cemetery,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

It's the fourth largest cemetery in the US. You can be six feet from a President, gangster, race car drivers and poet to list a few. There is also a national cemetery there too. The monuments are beautiful. The gates are open till 8pm and you can find a cemetery map on their website or stop in the office. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

The cemetery covers a large area so we drove around and stop by at some places. The place is nice, clean and peaceful. There aren't many people there during our visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

If you have an interest this is a great stop. John Dillinger the man who captivated a nation, the ganster with movie star looks, killed in Chicago by law enforcement at 30 years of age in buried here.

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