50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Indiana State to Know Story

By Lauren Rey

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Indiana State to Know Story

From speed races to Santa Claus, there are many interesting and fun facts about Indiana...

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Fun Facts on Indiana

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The Indianapolis 500 draws in close to 250,000 visitors a year

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most-watched motorsport races in the world. Close to...

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Indiana's Wabash River is home to the oldest animal species in North America

The Wabash River spans over 500 miles throughout the state of Indiana. It is full...

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Indiana is home to Santa Claus

The town of Santa Claus, Indiana, is known as America's Christmas Hometown. Established in 1856...

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The Indiana Dunes are known as the birthplace of ecology

In 1896, botany professor Henry Chandler Cowles began studying the plant life along the shores...

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There are over a hundred wineries in Indiana

One of the most fun facts of Indiana is its abundance of wineries! Most people...

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13 different species of bats call Indiana home

Indiana has a diverse population of bats, including cave-dwelling bats and migratory bats. All of...

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Indiana is known for popcorn

Not only does Indiana have a small town named Popcorn, the state is a major...

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The Ohio River Scenic Byway was one of the original scenic byways in America

Spanning over 300 miles, the Ohio River Scenic Byway in southern Indiana is full of...

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Indiana has the "Donut Capital of the World"

Tom's Donuts in Angola, Indiana, holds the Guinness World Record for most the donuts sold...

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children's museum in the world

At 225,000 square feet, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis holds the title of the world's...

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Indiana has a Peony Festival

Peonies are the Indiana State Flower and are prevalent in gardens across the state. The...

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Several movies have been filmed in Indiana

Indiana has served as the filming location for numerous movies over the years, from creepy...

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Indiana has a historic automobile museum

Opened in 1974, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is a landmark in Auburn, Indiana...

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Fairmount Indiana is home to Garfield the Cat

Famous cartoon creator Jim Davis was from Fairmount, Indiana. Most known for his beloved sarcastic...

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Parke County Indiana is known as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World

One of the most interesting Indiana facts is the number of bridges in Parke County...

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Interesting Facts About Indiana

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Indiana is restoring bison populations

Bison were once native to Indiana, but due to habitat loss and hunting, they became...

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The Indiana State Flag was created by a local artist in a contest

In 1916 the state of Indiana ran a contest to create its state flag. It...

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Indiana pays homage to famed Revolutionary War Colonel George Rogers Clark

Indiana has strong ties to George Rogers Clark, the famed Revolutionary Colonel who captured Fort...

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Indiana was home to famous poet James Whitcomb Riley

Born in Greenfield, Indiana, in 1849, James Whitcomb Riley became a beloved author and poet...

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The Indiana State Seal depicts its history even before statehood

The State Seal of Indiana is one of the oldest state seals, with renderings of...

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Indiana is known as the crossroads of America

Due to its centralized location in the US and proximity to major highways, Indiana became...

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The University of Notre Dame is in Indiana

Famous for its historic architecture and iconic football team, The Fighting Irish, the University of...

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Television Host David Letterman is from Indiana

Born and raised in Indianapolis, David Letterman started his broadcasting career at his college radio...

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Indiana was home to the iconic Jackson Family

The legendary family of musicians, the Jackson Family, hailed from Indiana. Siblings Michael, Tito, Jermaine...

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The Raggedy Ann Doll was created in Indiana

In 1915, Indianapolis cartoonist and children's book author, Johnny Gruelle created the now-famous Raggedy Ann...

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Weird Facts About Indiana

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Indiana is nicknamed the "Hoosier" state, but no one really knows why

One of the most interesting facts about the state of Indiana lies within its nickname...

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Indiana has been called "The Mother of Vice Presidents"

To date, 6 United States Vice Presidents have hailed from Indiana, leading to the state...

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Indiana does not have a state animal

While there is an Indiana state bird, the cardinal, there is no Indiana state animal...

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There's a random tree full of shoes in Indiana

There couldn't be a list of weird Indiana facts without mentioning the Milltown shoe tree...

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The "Limestone Capital of the World" is Bedford Indiana

Known for its large quarries of limestone, Bedford, Indiana, has been called the "Limestone Capital...

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Cool Facts About Indiana

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world

With seating for 250,000 and an overall capacity of 400,000, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has...

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The state held the first professional baseball game

On May 4th, 1871, players took the field in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in what became...

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You can traverse an underground river at Indiana Caverns

Indiana Caverns is not only Indiana's longest cave, it also has an underground river flowing...

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South Bend, Indiana, is known for roller derby

The South Bend Roller Girls is Indiana's iconic roller derby team. Founded in 2010, the...

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Indiana has some serious basketball fans

Basketball has a strong influence on Indiana culture. From high school to college teams, the...

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Creepy Facts About Indiana

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The dunes on Lake Michigan are rumored to be haunted

In the early 1900s, Alice Mabel Gray lived in a shack along the dunes of...

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Indiana is home to the haunted Whispers Estate

Known as the house "where the walls really do talk," the Whispers Estate has been...

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There are creepy catacombs beneath the Indianapolis City Market

Below the Indianapolis City Market sits the remnants of an abandoned basement system known as...

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Several notorious killers have come from Indiana

One of the darker facts on Indiana is its history of killers. From HH Holmes...

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Indiana has several ghost towns

There are an estimated 41 towns across Indiana that can be classified as ghost towns...

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Historical Facts About Indiana

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Indiana had the first train robbery in American history

The first train robbery in American history happened in 1866 in Jackson County, Indiana. The...

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Vincennes is the oldest city in Indiana

Established in 1732, the city of Vincennes is the oldest city in Indiana. Originally founded...

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Indiana is the historic homeland of many Native Americans

Prior to European arrival, Indiana was home to over 16 different Native American tribes. Between...

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Indiana's William Henry Harrison served the shortest presidential term in US history

In 1840 the Governor of Indiana, Willian Henry Harrison, ran for President of the United...

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Famous Indiana musician Paul Dresser wrote the Indiana State Song

Paul Dresser was a prominent musician in Indiana in the late 1800s. He composed over...

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Important Facts About Indiana

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Indiana Territory became the 19th state added to the United States

On December 11th, 1816, the Indiana Territory was signed into statehood by President James Madison...

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Indiana was a key state in the Civil War

One of the most important facts about the state of Indiana was its role in...

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Indiana was home to "The Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad"

The historic Indiana home of Levi and Catherine Coffin became known as "the Grand Central...

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Abraham Lincoln grew up in Indiana

Now a national memorial site and park, the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln is located...

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The first city in the world to install electric streetlights was Wabash Indiana

In 1880, Wabash, Indiana, made history by being the first city in the world to...

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