|The Civil War memorial in downtown Indianapolis was completed in 1902. It stands 284 1/2 feet high,|
nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York.
|A close-up of the Indiana Civil War Memorial in Indianapolis reveals intricate carving.|
|Estes Wallingford, a lieutenant in the 33rd Indiana, died of |
smallpox in 1864. This small plaque in his memory is on
a step leading to the top of the memorial.
Slightly winded and my heart pounding, I snaked my way past several people and through the small opening near the top to join about 20 other visitors. The city did a terrific job sprucing up the memorial in time for the Super Bowl. After enjoying the view, I squeezed into the small elevator with three other visitors and made the quick trip to the bottom.
At the base of the monument is a small Civil War museum that includes the usual assortment of cannons, guns and accoutrements of Indiana's Civil War soldiers. The memorial was built for $598,318. According to the official site, a similar structure would cost about a $500 million today. Next time you're in Indianapolis be sure to check it out.
|These huge, amazingly detailed statues are on the south side of the memorial.|
|The Civil War memorial was once the tallest structure in Indianapolis.|