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Although James Whitcomb Riley wrote much poetry about life in the heartland, he is best remembered
today for his poems that appeal to children and to the child in all of us, such as "Little Orphant Annie"
and "The Raggedy Man". James Whitcomb Riley The "Hoosier Poet" was buried here in 1917. Known
and acclaimed internationally for his local children who were able to enjoy not only his poetry, but also
his time and lemonade on the front porch of his Indianapolis home on Lockerbee Street. After his death
children began donating coins to help pay for his memorial. The tradition of leaving coins on his
monument continues today and the money collected is donated to Mr. Riley's legacy , the Riley Hospital
Beautiful view of the Indianapolis skyline from atop the hill where poet James Whitcomb Riley is buried.
Rest on...embalmed and sainted dead. Dear as the blood ye gave. No impious footstep here shall tread,
the herbage of your grave....................................................The muffled drums sad roll has beat, the soldiers
last tattoo. No more on life's parade shall meet, that brave and fallen few.
Child reading on the page that reads as follows: "And the Gobbleuns al git ya ef ya dont watch out"!
John Herbert Dillinger (June 22 1903–July 22, 1934) was a bank robber in the Midwestern United States
during the early 1930s. He was a dangerous criminal, who was responsible for the murder of several
police officers, him as a modern-day Robin Hood. He was nicknamed "the Jackrabbit" for his graceful
movements during heists, robbed at least two dozen banks and four police stations, and escaped from
jail twice, but some people idolized such as leaping over counters and his many narrow getaways from
police. The exploits of Dillinger and his gang, along with those of other criminals of the Great
Depression such as Bonnie and Clyde and Ma Barker, the early 1930s. He was a dangerous criminal,
who was responsible for the murder of several police officers, robbed at least two dozen banks and four
police stations, and escaped from jail twice, but some people idolized enemy era (1931-1935), a period
which led to the development of the modern, more sophisticated Federal him as a modern-day Robin
Hood. He was nicknamed "the Jackrabbit" for his graceful movements during heists, Bureau of
Investigation. After spending nearly a year running from police, and hiding out in Florida, Arizona,
Michigan, and Wisconsin, Dillinger was wounded in one escape from police and returned to his father's
home to heal. He soon returned to Chicago in July 1934, the site of several of his highest profile crimes.
He was discovered there by police, who were informed of his whereabouts by a prostitute. On July 22,
they closed in on a theater where he was watching a movie, and moved to arrest him as he left the
building. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee, but was shot three times, with a bullet through his
face killing him. His crimes were sensationalized across the nation, and his numerous escapes and
robberies fed many urban legends in the United States. Actor Johhn Depp will portray John Dillinger in
the 2009 release of the film "Public Enemies.
|Outside looking in....a beautiful crypt with stained-glass window and bust.
Resting place of Dr. Richard J. Gatling. The original Gatling gun was designed by the American inventor
Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861 and patented in 1862. He wrote that he made it to reduce the size of armies
and so reduce the number of deaths by combat and disease.
Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States,
serving one term from 1889 to 1893. Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, and at age 21 moved to
Indianapolis, Indiana, where he became a prominent state politician. During the American Civil War
Harrison served as a Brigadier General in the XXI Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. After the war he
unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Indiana, but was later elected to the U.S. Senate from that
state. Harrison, a Republican, was elected to the presidency in 1888, defeating the Democratic
incumbent, Grover Cleveland. He is the only president elected from the state of Indiana. His presidential
administration is best known for its economic legislation, including the McKinley Tariff and the Sherman
Antitrust Act, and for annual federal spending that reached one billion dollars for the first time. Democrats
attacked the "Billion Dollar Congress", and used the issue, along with the growing unpopularity of the
high tariff, to defeat the Republicans, both in the 1890 mid-term elections and in Harrison's bid for re-
election in 1892. After failing to win reelection he returned to private life at his home in Indianapolis where
he remarried, wrote a book, and later represented the Republic of Venezuela in an international case
against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1900 he traveled to Europe as part of the case
and, after a brief stay, returned to Indianapolis where he died the following year from complications
arising from influenza.
Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton (August 4, 1823 – November 1, 1877), commonly known as Oliver P.
Morton, was a U.S. Republican Party politician from Indiana. He served as the 14th Governor of Indiana
during the American Civil War, and was a stalwart ally of President Abraham Lincoln. During the war,
Morton suppressed the Democratic-controlled Indiana General Assembly. He exceeded his constitutional
authority by calling out the militia without approval, and during the period of legislative suppression he
privately financed the state government through unapproved federal and private loans. The home where
he was born still stands in Wayne County, Indiana along National Road 40. Morton was an Indiana native
born in Wayne County near the small settlement of Salisbury on August 4, 1823. Morton's remains were
laid in state in the Indianapolis court house for three days after his death before being moved to Roberts
Park Church where his funeral was held. His ceremony was attended by many dignitaries from across
the United States. President Grant ordered all flags to half-staff. The church could not hold the crowd and
the thousands of mourners waited outside and followed in a long procession to view the burial in Crown
Another beautifully ornate crypt, this one for the Fortune family.
Crown Hill Cemetery, located at 700 West 38th Street in Indianapolis, is the third largest cemetery in the
United States at 555 acres.
It contains 25 miles of paved road, over 150 species of trees and plants, over 185,000 graves, and services
roughly 1,500 burials per year. It sits on the highest geographic point in Indianapolis.Crown Hill Cemetery
was dedicated on June 1, 1864 both to provide for the large number of American Civil War soldiers from
Indiana who had died in the war as well as to provide for the crowding problems in the small 25 acre
(101,000 m²) cemetery for the growing city of Indianapolis.
The first burial took place the next day on June 2, 1864 for a young mother named Lucy Ann Seaton, who
died of consumption. Previously a private farm outside the city limits, Crown Hill Cemetery is a popular picnic
location and today is well known for the stunning view of downtown Indianapolis from "The Crown."Crown Hill
Cemetery is the largest refuge for animals in the city, including an estimated 300+ white-tailed deer. There
are also numerous species of trees, each of which is marked with a number that corresponds to its scientific
name and its common name.