PUBLIC TOUR: “STONES THAT TALK” guided driving and walking tour
September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$5.00
“STONES THAT TALK” is an interesting driving and walking tour will include some of the sections on the north side of 38th St. not typically included on tours, as well as the Crown. It’s a variation of the Victorian Symbolism tour on June 24 which focuses on symbols on monuments and what they mean. Many of the historic monuments have flowers, wreaths, weeping willows, draped flags, angels, lambs, etc., which all symbolize something. On this tour we’ll focus on contemporary monuments and markers which often feature engravings of literal representations that reveal the life of the deceased, as well as stones that are actually shaped to represent that person’s interests. A few engraved examples are dogs, planes, pianos, boats, cars, music notes, birds, photographs, etc., and there are monuments shaped like barns, houses, etc. Shown here is the unique monument shaped like a large tennis net with a tennis racket for Stan Malless (1914-2012), who is buried on the Crown down the hill from James Whitcomb Riley. Mr. Malless was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and as symbolized here, Indianapolis’ “Mr. Tennis.” He made major contributions to the sport locally, nationally, and internationally. He also brought professional tennis to Indianapolis and was responsible for the building of the downtown tennis stadium and getting tennis reinstated as an Olympic sport.
This is a two-hour sunset driving and walking tour. Tour participants will drive their own vehicles. It’s $5 per person and there’s no need to RSVP. Meet the tour guide right inside the 34th St. Gothic stone gate at 3400 Boulevard Place. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. A restroom will be available before the tour if you arrive early. Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring bottled water and insect repellent if desired. Held rain or shine unless the weather is severe. Very well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. (You must pick up after your dog.)