Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis


Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis is one of my favorite places to visit.  It’s a photographer’s paradise.  Whether you’re wanting to shoot wildlife  (Deer, fox, all kinds of birds, and more are common), landscapes, interesting buildings and statuary, or something else entirely, there’s something for you here.

Crown Hill was formed in 1863, and is the largest non governmental cemetery in the United States, and one of the largest anywhere.  With well over 20 miles of roads inside the cemetery, you can spend a lot of time here!

As I mentioned earlier, wildlife is plentiful.  Deer are probably the most commonly sighted, but I’ve also seen fox, coyote, bald eagle, and much, much more here.


There are a number of notable people buried here.  Richard Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun, President Benjamin Harrison, and perhaps the most visited grave in the cemetery, John Dillinger.


There are also a number of chapels in the cemetery.  By far, my favorite to photograph is the Gothic Chapel.  Simply stunning.


The number of amazing memorials in this cemetery is mind boggling.  The Forrest memorial is my favorite, and each time I visit, I’m at once amazed and saddened.  I’m not  sure I’ve ever seen a memorial that arouses so much emotion in me.



As I said, it’s simply an amazing place to visit.  If you want to find out more about Crown Hill, you can click here.


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