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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
GovernorMike Pence (Republican, to January 2017)
Entered the UnionDecember 11, 1816
as the 19th state
MottoThe Crossroads of America
NicknameThe Hoosier State
SongOn the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away
Professional Sports TeamsIndiana Pacers (Men’s Basketball); Indianapolis Colts (Football); Indiana Fever (Women’s Basketball)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of NameThe meaning is “land of Indians”
Historical SitesLincoln Boyhood National Memorial, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Amish Acres, Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, Historic Fort Wayne
Points of InterestWyandotte Cave, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana Dunes, Holiday World, Brown County craft shops
Bordering StatesIndiana borders Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. Indiana also borders Lake Michigan.
FlagIndiana's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Indiana from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

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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.