Fast Facts About Indiana
Indiana is home to the new Indy Park Ride and Fly which opened about five months ago and is currently getting great customer reviews. We’ve already looked at places to visit in Indianapolis, but now it’s time for some fast facts about the state. Some of these are quite fun!
- Indiana covers 35,866 square miles of land
- The population in 2007 was 6.3 million
- It’s known as the Hoosier state
- Its name means ‘Land of the Indians’
- Indianapolis became the state capital in 1825; before that first Vincennes, then Corydon, was the capital
- The highest point in the state is Hoosier Hill, which is 1,257 feet high
- The state song is On the banks of the Wabash (Listen)
- The state motto is ‘the crossroads of America’
- It became the 19th US state on December 11, 1816
- Largest cities are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Gary, South Bend
- It’s bordered by Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio
- The state tree is the tulip tree
- The state flower is the peony
- The state bird is the cardinal, adopted in 1933
- There’s a town called Santa Claus which gets hundreds of thousands of letters every Christmas. This town was also home to the world’s first theme park which opened there in 1946
- Half of the cropland in Indiana is covered in corn each year
- Five men from Indiana have become vice president of the United States: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle.
- Richard Gatling from Indianapolis patented the first rapid fire gun in 1862
- Frank Sinatra debuted at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis in 1940
- There’s a tree growing from the courthouse roof in Greensburg, Indiana
Have you got any Indy facts to add?