Crown Hill Cemetery

We recently went for a walk through the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indy.  If you are not familiar with Crown Hill, it was dedicated in 1864, and a national cemetery was established on the grounds in 1866 for soldiers killed during the Civil War.

Currently, the grounds are 555 acres with 25 miles of paved road.  It seems like a strange place for a walk, but it was very nice.  On a weekend morning, you will find folks jogging, biking, or taking in some of the monuments.

We did the three-mile route, which takes you by the Gothic Chapel, “the Crown” (James Whitcomb Riley’s memorial on Strawberry Hill), the Field of Valor, The Indiana AIDS memorial, and the National Cemetery.

It is rumored that the highest point in Indianapolis is located at the JW Riley memorial.  It is close coming in at 838 feet, but there is a point within Marion Country in Northwestern Pike Township that comes in at 914 feet.  Despite that, on a clear day you still get a great view of the Indy skyline from the memorial.

James Whitcomb Riley memorial with view of the Indy skyline.
Closeup of a child statue on the JW Riley memorial. He was known as the children’s poet.
Interesting statue on our route
Nice shot of wildlife out for a morning stroll.

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