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Greenfield in Hancock County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

James Whitcomb Riley

“The Hoosier Poet”

 

—October 7, 1849–July 22, 1916 —

 
James Whitcomb Riley Marker - post-refurbishment image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, December 8, 2018
1. James Whitcomb Riley Marker - post-refurbishment
The marker has been refreshed/repainted since the original photo was placed.
Inscription.  

Birthplace
James Whitcomb Riley
"The Hoosier Poet"
October 7, 1849–July 22, 1916

Editor, author, poet, lecturer and entertainer. One of the best known Hoosiers of all time, Riley first wrote under the name "Benj. F. Johnson of Boone" and was famous for his use of the Hoosier dialect.
 
Erected 1966 by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission. (Marker Number 30.1967.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.109′ N, 85° 46.35′ W. Marker is in Greenfield, Indiana, in Hancock County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 40) west of Pennsylvania Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 West Main Street, Greenfield IN 46140, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic National Road / Make History, Drive It (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named James Whitcomb Riley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hancock County, Indiana (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Democratic Party Rooster (approx. 0.9 miles away); Whetzel Trace
James Whitcomb Riley Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2006
2. James Whitcomb Riley Marker
(approx. 12.7 miles away); Bicentennial (approx. 15.7 miles away); Massacre of Indians (approx. 15.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is in front of the house. Next door is the Riley Museum.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography. from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature. (Submitted on April 19, 2006.) 

2. James Whitcomb Riley. Brief biography and discussion of some of his work, with links to some of his writing. (Submitted on April 19, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNotable Persons
 
Birthplace of James Whitcomb Riley image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2006
3. Birthplace of James Whitcomb Riley
The Riley Museum, Next Door image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2006
4. The Riley Museum, Next Door
James Whitcomb Riley Selfie Op image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, November 19, 2018
5. James Whitcomb Riley Selfie Op
This statue has been added since the marker was originally posted here.
James Whitcomb Riley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, November 19, 2018
6. James Whitcomb Riley Marker
A sample of James Whitcomb Riley's poetry.
 
More. Search the internet for James Whitcomb Riley.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,475 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on May 9, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on December 4, 2018, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin.   2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on December 4, 2018, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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