Behind the Bricks: Crown Hill connections
Behind the Bricks Daybreak
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The new episode of Behind the Bricks marks a rare road trip for the series.
Instead of sharing secrets found inside, under, or around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this week’s edition heads a few miles northeast to a different historic and hallowed site – Crown Hill Cemetery.
“Crown Hill was absolutely incredible to work with. Honestly, the hardest part was there was so much content we were there for probably two-and-a-half hours, and I don’t even think we scratched the surface,” IMS Social Media Specialist Zach Horrall explained in a preview of the podcast on Daybreak.
Crown Hill is Indiana’s largest cemetery and the final resting place of many of Indiana’s most famous (and infamous) names: President Benjamin Harrison, Colonel Eli Lilly, “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley, gangster John Dillinger, and dozens more.
The list also includes Frank Wheeler, James Allison, Arthur Newby, and Carl Fisher – the four founders of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In Behind the Bricks, IMS President Doug Boles takes us on a wide-ranging tour of the cemetery and its many links to the speedway and racing.
Key points include:
- The Final Finish Line – a strip of original Culver bricks (the type used to pave the track) engraved with the names of dozens of racing-related people buried at Crown Hill.
- Winners Gravesites – the final resting places of three Indy 500 victors and the winner of the very first race at the track, in 1909, predating the 500.
- Medallion Project – markers at notable graves and mausoleums enabling self-guided tours, including one specifically highlighting racing connections
- Fisher Family Mausoleum – The resting place of Carl Fisher’s ashes. In the episode, Boles tells the fascinating story of why Carl Fisher is not in the spot he was originally supposed to occupy.