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Larry Bird
"A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals."
Hall of Fame NBA Player
Orville Wright
"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance."
Airplane Inventor
Indiana flag Tulip Tree

State Tree
Tulip Tree
State Bird
State Flower


Entered the Union: Dec. 11, 1816 (19) Capital: Indianapolis
Origin of Name: "Land of Indians" State Nickname: Hoosier State
State Motto: The Crossroads of America
State Song: “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away”
National Parks: 2 • State Parks: 24 • State Historic Sites: 17
Famous for: Indianapolis 500, Basketball Hall of Fame
Famous Indianians: Larry Bird (basketball), Bill Blass (fashion designer), Frank Borman (astronaut), James Dean (actor), Virgil Grissom (astronaut), James R. Hoffa (labor leader), Michael Jackson (singer), Buck Jones (actor), David Letterman (TV host, comedian), Schuyler Colfax • Thomas A. Hendricks • Charles W. Fairbanks • Thomas Marshall • Dan Quayle (Vice Presidents), Red Skelton (comedian), Forrest Tucker (actor), Wilbur Wright (airplane inventor)
Birds and Indy Cars: Click on photos of the birds, Indy Cars
and Monastery to find out more about them.
State Fair: Indianapolis
Indiana National Parks
Indiana State Parks
Indiana Historic Sites
Indiana Attractions
Indianapolis 500
Basketball Hall of Fame
Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Skiing in Indiana
Fishing in Indiana
Hunting in Indiana
Listen to Cardinal Song
Indiana Photo Gallery
Indiana Butterfly Gallery
Indiana Homeschooling
Indiana Resorts
Indiana RV Parks
Indiana Hotels & Reviews
In 1679, French-Canadian Robert Cavelier entered Indiana in search of a water route to the Pacific Ocean.  French fur traders soon followed, establishing trading posts throughout the area. Forts were built during the 1720s in Miami and Quiatenon. Vincennes became the first permanent settlement in Indiana about 1732.
The French & Indian War (1754-1763) ended with British victory and control of all land east of the Mississippi River, including Indiana. British territories were transferred to the U.S.A. after their defeat in the Revolutionary War.
Indiana inventors: Richard Gatling of Indianapolis invented the machine gun in 1862. In 1885, the first gasoline pump was developed in Fort Wayne. Elwood Haynes of Kokomo developed the first successful gasoline-powered car in 1894. 
Almost half of all cropland in Indiana is planted in corn.
The Indiana Dunes region provides habitat for many unusual plants, including prickly pear cactus, lichen mosses, bearberry, and more than 20 varieties of orchids.
Santa Claus, Indiana receives over one half million letters and requests at Christmas time.
Indiana's Ethnic Roots: German (22.7%), American (12.0%), English (8.9%), Irish (10.8%), Polish (3.0%)
Religion in Indiana: 59% Christian (39% Protestant, 20% Catholic), 16% No Religion
Many Mennonite and Amish live on the farmland of Northwestern Indiana.
Indiana is the "Brain Bank of the Midwest" as Indiana's colleges and universities attract the fourth largest number of out-of-state students in the nation.
Indiana has a rich basketball heritage. Although James Naismith invented basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891, Indiana is where high school basketball was born.
In 1880, Wabash became the first city in the United States to have electric streetlights.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.