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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
|Governor||Mike Pence (Republican, to January 2017)|
|Entered the Union||December 11, 1816|
as the 19th state
|Motto||The Crossroads of America|
|Nickname||The Hoosier State|
|Song||On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away|
|Professional Sports Teams||Indiana Pacers (Men’s Basketball); Indianapolis Colts (Football); Indiana Fever (Women’s Basketball)|
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||The meaning is “land of Indians”|
|Historical Sites||Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Amish Acres, Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, Historic Fort Wayne|
|Points of Interest||Wyandotte Cave, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana Dunes, Holiday World, Brown County craft shops|
|Bordering States||Indiana borders Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. Indiana also borders Lake Michigan.|
Follow these links to read articles about Indiana from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- Access Indiana: the Official Web Portal for the State of Indiana
This is the official website for the State of Indiana.
- Indiana State Library
Here is the homepage for the Indiana State Library.
- Indiana Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Indiana State Historical Society.
- Indiana State Museum
Here is the homepage for the Indiana State Museum.
- Indiana State Archives
Here is the homepage for the Indiana State Archives.
- Indiana State Parks & Reservoirs
Here is the homepage for Indiana State Parks.
- Visit Indiana
Here is the official state tourism website for Indiana.
- Kids’ Indiana
Here is a student page created for young people by the Indiana State Information Center.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Indiana
The site provides a wealth of information about Indiana. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Indiana
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Indiana’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Indiana Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Indiana.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
With more than 1 million visitors a year, this museum aims to create extraordinary learning experiences for children and families. Check the website for lists of upcoming exhibits and programs.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Indiana
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Wyoming.
- The Raggedy Ann doll was created by Marcella Gruelle in Indianapolis in 1914.
- The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne on May 4, 1871.
- The first long-distance auto race in the U. S. was held May 30, 1911, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Some Famous People from this State
- Bill Blass, fashion designer
- James Dean was born February 8, 1941, in Marion. He was famous for making movies like Rebel Without a Cause and also for his early and tragic death.
- David Letterman, host of television’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” was born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis.
- Jim Davis, creator of Garfield
- Kurt Vonnegut, well-known author of books such as Slaughterhouse Five, was born November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis.