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Bethel Cemetery (Pike)
(Marion Co, Pike Twp)
5200 W. 52 St.
Indianapolis, IN
GSMC Code: PK077  WPA Code: No. 80
Also known as Bethel United Methodist Cemetery.
GENERAL CONDITION:  This is a rather large cemetery with probably close to 1000 stones.  It is very well maintained and still an active cemetery as there are signs of recent burials.  Since it is still active, there have probably been lots of burials since the 1957 and 1997 readings.  The cemetery was established in 1832.  Most of the older stones are in the eastern part of the cemetery.  Some broken and/or illegible stones exist, but most of the stones are marble and in excellent condition.
SHAARD# CR-49-67.
DIRECTIONS FROM DOWNTOWN:  Take I-65 north from the downtown area.  Get off at the Lafayette Rd. exit.  At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right (north).  Go north on Lafayette Rd. about 1/4 of a mile to 52nd St.  Turn right (east) on 52nd St.  Go about 1/4 of a mile and you will run right into the cemetery.
This cemetery was read by the Genealogical Society of Marion County in 1997, and published in both a softbound book and CD titled "Cemetery Readings of Pike Township."  This reading, mistitled "Bethel Baptist", showed almost 1700 graves, with over 300 having no name or other identify information.  The burial records we show came primarily from these readings. 
Attached is the list of 1,400 burials: 1997 Burial List (less the unnamed graves).
Bethel Cem Map WPA 1939