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Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery in Indianapolis: Beauteous R.I.P.

The Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana has the distinction of being the third largest cemetery in the nation. A full-service cemetery in the most complete sense, the 555 acre grounds contain burial lots, markers and monuments, crypts and niches, a scattering garden, sections for veterans, the Heroes of Public Safety sector, two national cemeteries, the Eagle Plaza and an Eternal Flame.

The Crown Hill Cemetery has more than 185,000 graves within its grounds, and averages about 1500 yearly interments. Founded in 1864 to provide lasting homes for Indiana Civil War vets, the Crown Hill Funeral Home was built on private farm property and is now a spectacular flora and fauna preserve and the largest animal refuge in Indianapolis.

Some of the famous Indianapolis people buried within the Crown Hill property are:

Benjamin Harrison, 23 President of the United States.
William Eastin English, son of William Hayden, is considered a visionary philanthropist from the 1800s.
William Hayden English, is the father of William Eastin. Active in politics, he was also one of the wealthiest men in Indiana.
Charles W. Fairbanks, 26th Vice President of the United States during the office of Theodore Roosevelt, 1905-1909
Colonel Eli Lilly, originator of Eli Lilly and Company, one of the most powerful pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Eli Lilly, grandson of Colonel Lilly, extraordinary philanthropist and businessman.
James Baskett, the actor made famous through his role as Uncle Remus in the 1946 Disney film, Song of the South.
James Whitcomb Riley, the Hoosier raconteur and poet who created Little Orphan Annie is buried on Strawberry Hill, the highest point in the cemetery.
John Dillinger, bank robber, murderer and folk hero.
Robert Irsay, Indianapolis Colts former owner.
Thomas A Hendricks, 21st Vice President of the United States, serving with Grover Cleveland from March 1885 until his death in November 1885.
Thomas R. Marshall, 28th Vice President of the United States during the office of Calvin Coolidge from 1913 to 1921.

The Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery is much more than a burial ground. It is considered one of the finest memorial parks in the land. One of its nicest characteristics is its location; its 25 miles of road and beautiful park-like grounds are situated in the highest geographical region of Indy. Somewhat ironically, a visit to this landmark can turn out to be a pleasant and memorable thing to do in Indianapolis.

This locale enables visitors to see the entire landscape of downtown Indianapolis from Crown Hill. Indeed, it is today a popular place to picnic, take in the sights of the city and the beauty all around, and remember.

Hours of Operation:
Funeral Home:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday – 8:30 am – 2 pm
Sunday – 12 noon – 5 pm

Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery
700 W 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.925.3800
Fax: 317.925.8240
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