Crown Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home
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Exploring Indy's creepy history
Crown Hill actually began its major growth period thanks to a rash of grave robbings which occurred in a now-gone downtown graveyard called Greenlawn. The relatives of those buried in the compromised cemetery moved the bodies left en masse in order to get their loved ones to the safer, more secure area Crown Hill provided. What they found was… not that great. At some point at the start of the 20th century, Indianapolis officials found that in reality few, if any, bodies buried before the 1890s were still left in their graves. Why? Our ancestors were a lot less afraid of ghosts than even I am, apparently, as robbers excavated bodies even the night of their burial and sold them as medical cadavers. Thus, Crown Hill was founded in 1863 to fight grave robbers and the massive 555 acres is not only well-protected but also offers a great view of downtown Indianapolis. Points of interest include the graves of John Dillinger, President Benjamin Harrison, and Colonel Eli Lilly.
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