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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Indiana: Sights Met with Wonder

This Day in History: December 11, 1816

Indiana, The Hoosier State

Indiana State Motto: The Crossroads of America

Tidbit of Trivia... 


Evansville, Indiana is home of the nation's first theme park. Santa Claus Land opened August 3, 1946; the theme park included a toy shop, toy displays, a restaurant, themed children’s rides, and, of course, Santa. In 1984, Santa Claus Land expanded to also include Halloween and 4th of July sections, and the park’s name was changed to Holiday World. Future President Ronald Reagan visited in 1955.  


West Baden Springs Hotel was proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World when it opened in 1902.
How did Indiana get its name? 
Christened in 1800, "Indiana" means Land of the Indians or Land of Indians, named so for the Indian tribes that lived there when white settlers arrived. Various American Indian tribes are a significant part of Indiana history, including the Miamis, Chippewa, Delawares, Erie, Shawnee, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Potawatomies, Mahican, Nanticoke, Huron, and Mohegan. To honor the people to whom the land originally belonged and from whom it had been obtained, it was Indiana, land of the Indians.
Aerial America: Indiana 
The Hoosier State may boast a rich basketball and motorsports tradition, but it also offers the non-sports fan a surprising number of sightseeing opportunities. From the Indiana World War Memorial to the Madison Historic District, to the Angel Mounts scattered throughout the southwestern corner of the state, there are many sites you don't want to miss.
In 1787 the US defined present-day Indiana as part of its Northwest Territory. In 1800, Congress separated Ohio from the Northwest Territory, designating the rest of the land as the Indiana Territory. After Michigan was separated and the Illinois Territory was formed, Indiana was reduced to its current size and geography. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. A high percentage of Indiana's income is from manufacturing. The Calumet region of northwest Indiana is the largest steel producing area in the U.S. The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis

Indiana is a U.S. state located in the midwestern
and Great Lakes regions of North America.

Indiana State Flag

Indiana State Seal

Indiana State Bird: Northern Cardinal

Indiana State Tree: Tulip Poplar

Indiana State Flower: Peony

 Indiana State Pie: Sugar Cream Pie
The recipe for the pie appears to have originated in eastern Indiana, dating back to the early 1800s when the creamy dessert was likely enjoyed at various Quaker settlements.

Indiana State Poem: "Indiana"
While forty-two U.S. states have an official poet laureate or state writer, only five states—Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee—have an official state poem.
Indiana State River: Wabash River

For all State Symbols of Indiana click HERE!

Indiana State Song: "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"

Sights Met with Wonder


Images of Indiana
Quiet hills, quaint covered bridges
Offer solitude, life outside
The hustle, the bustle of its cities


At the edges of corn fields
Part of farmers' heritage
Post ice-age symbolics


A shoreside pocket
Within the national lakeshore
Indiana Dunes zig-zagging trails
Weave the desire for more and more


Commemorate Hoosiers veterans
Simply spectacular observation
What it means to be American

The spell of Indy's supersight
Crazed fans fall under
 The race for immortality
Sights met with wonder

Indiana Facts and Trivia

Next state by month: #2 Pennsylvania - December 12, 1787

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