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Crown Hill Cemetery home to Indiana's most famous graves

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Indianapolis - To see the rich and famous in Indiana, you may just have to pay a visit to the cemetery. Crown Hill Cemetery boasts some of the most famous graves in the state, and dozens of tours are available to curious visitors.

Local historian and cemetery tour guide Tom Davis recommends taking a guided tour because the place is so big. When the cemetery first opened, there was criticism from some about it's significant distance from downtown Indianapolis.

"We're almost three miles from downtown, and people had to hitch up their horses and buggies," Davis said. "They didn't have the streets to come down and their fancy cars, so it took a while to get down here."

The infamous outlaw John Dillinger, whose name has recently enjoyed a boost in fame with the release of "Public Enemies" starring Johnny Depp, was buried in Crown Hill after his 1934 shooting death in Chicago. Other famous people buried in the cemetery include motorcyclist Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker, former president Benjamin Harrison, various vice presidents, authors and artists.

To be a part of Crown Hill Cemetery tours, contact mdavis@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-2644. There are a number of different tours to choose from, and visitors can also schedule a private tour with a group.

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