Celtic Cross Tribute in Indianapolis
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Muirwoody
N 39° 45.871 W 086° 09.696
16S E 571811 N 4401957
A Celtic Cross commemorates the contributions of the Irish in Indianapolis
Waymark Code: WM6B9
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 01/21/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member The Leprechauns
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The Irish are the second largest ethnic group in Indianapolis. They were among the earliest settlers that helped form the city, primarily as laborers building the Central Canal and the National Road. At the start of the Civil War they formed an Irish regiment (the 35th) which was later incorporated into the 61st or Second Irish Regiment. The Irish were predominantly Catholic and founded many of the city’s Catholic churches and schools. Their descendants became business and political leaders in the city and their contributions continue today.

A Celtic Cross made from Indiana limestone was placed on the grounds of one of the first Irish Catholic churches in downtown Indianapolis – St. John’s – to commemorate their contributions. It was placed by the Irish American Heritage Society and The Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1990. The inscription reads: “In memory of the faith and determination of the Irish people who settled in Indiana, we dedicate this Celtic Cross to challenge Irish Americans to keep that faith and determination and to build a better tomorrow.”

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