Indiana Monuments

Indiana Monuments
The Hoosier State has an eclectic reputation. It's known for corn, Abraham Lincoln, the Indianapolis 500, great basketball and its Native American history. There are 37 National Historic Landmarks, including several monuments, in Indiana that illustrate or interpret the state's architectural, industrial, political, military and archaeological heritage.

Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Head for the very center of Indianapolis to see the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Completed in 1901, the bronze and stone sculptures are dedicated to Indiana's heroes who died in wars before World War I, including the Civil War, Mexican-American War, Spanish War, Revolutionary War and the capture of Vincennes from the British. The monument, which is 342 feet in diameter, rises from a circular plaza where the governor's house once stood. Today, "Monument Circle" is used for festivals and lunchtime concerts. You can walk or take an elevator to the monument's glass-enclosed observation deck 230 feet above the city. Inside the monument is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum.

Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-631-6735
in.gov/iwm/2335.htm

Tippecanoe Battlefield Park

Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is a National Historic Landmark. On Nov. 11, 1811, American troops led by Gen. William Henry Harrison battled Tecumseh's Native American confederation. The highlight of the 104-acre park is an 85-foot marble obelisk monument to the Battle of Tippecanoe. Other amenities include a picnic shelter, the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center, hiking trails, Burnett's Creek, the Leona Brier Educational Center and the Harrisonville Cemetery, a restored pioneer cemetery.

Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
200 Battle Ground Ave.
Battle Ground, IN 47920
765-463-2306
tippecanoe.in.gov/parks/division.asp?fDD=17-64

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Abraham Lincoln lived in Indiana from age 7 to 21. The future president was greatly influenced by the people he met and things he experienced during this stage of his life. This National Historic Landmark preserves the site of his family's farm. His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, is buried there, and his sister is buried nearby. There is a visitor center, museum and memorial hall, with a theater, portrait gallery and five sculpted murals depicting parts of Lincoln's life. You also can visit the Lincoln Living Historical Farm.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
3027 E South St.
Lincoln City, IN 47552
812-937-4541
nps.gov/LIBO/index.htm

Article Written By Aileen Clarkson

Aileen Clarkson has been an award-winning editor and reporter for more than 20 years, earning three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. She has worked for several newspapers, including "The Washington Post" and "The Charlotte Observer." Clarkson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Florida.

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