James Whitcomb Riley Home

James Whitcomb Riley Home (HM2D59)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46202 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 46.323', W 86° 8.866'

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"Hoosier Poet" James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) gained widespread fame performing across the U.S. from 1881-1903 and for poems written in rustic Hoosier dialect, such as "Little Orphant Annie." He lived in this house, owned by the Nickums and Holsteins, the last 23 years of his life. To honor his legacy, a group of his friends formed the Riley Memorial Association.

The Riley Memorial Association, which became Riley Children's Foundation in 2003, worked with Indiana University and the Indiana Child Welfare Association to pass a 1921 bill to create a children's hospital. In 1922, the Riley Association opened this home to the public. The James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Hospital for Children opened in 1924 and Camp Riley by 1955.
HM NumberHM2D59
Year Placed2018
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau and Riley Children’s Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 31st, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 572988 N 4402804
Decimal Degrees39.77205000, -86.14776667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.323', W 86° 8.866'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 19.38" N, 86° 8' 51.96" W
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Area Code(s)317, 765
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis IN 46202, US
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