Our Crown Hill Cemetery Historical Running Tour is the best way to take a look through American History in this 5-mile tour around the Crown of Indianapolis. Established in 1863, Crown Hill has more than 555 acres, 25 miles of paved road, and 150 species of trees and plants. Crown Hill Cemetery is the third-largest cemetery in the United States and the 10th largest in the world.
We will visit history starting from the Revolutionary War to one of the most notable gangsters of the 20th century, John Dillinger. As well as paying tribute to soldiers, inventors, politicians, educators, and even Indy 500 race car drivers and an original yard of bricks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We will start our tour at the Gothic Chapel, built-in 1875, and run to the Wait Station and arched gates, built-in 1865. One of the first monuments we will visit will be the infamous Great Depression Era gangsters, John Dillinger, who was once labeled as Public Enemy Number 1 by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
We will run along the quiet large paved paths stopping to pay honour to the Confederate and Union Soldiers of the American Civil War. All of this will be found as we make our way through the winding roads to the Gothic Chapel. Around the Chapel are the monuments to three Vice Presidents, Marshall, Fairbanks, and Hendricks, as well as two Indiana Governors.
Next is the famous climb up to the Crown of Indianapolis, the James Whitcomb Riley monument, located at the highest elevation in Indianapolis. This steep climb has an elevation change of 144 feet; well worth it for the 360-degree view of Indianapolis.
Finally, we visit the 23rd United States President Benjamin Harrison, who returned to private life in Indianapolis after his term as President. This is far from the easiest part of the tour as it is a steep grade downhill. If you are feeling adventurous, this is the time to get in a few extra hill workouts. You certainly won’t regret the view!
In addition to this Crown Hill Cemetery Historical tour being historical and entertaining, be prepared for a hill workout that should leave you with great Indianapolis views and workout! This is the best hill workout in Indianapolis.