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Moving to Indiana
Indiana became the 19th state in 1816. The name Indiana was created by Congress in 1800. It simply means the land of the Indians. The state nickname is the Hoosier State and residents are called Hoosiers. The origin of that word has many theories, but the general consensus is that the original meaning of Hoosier was a poor farmer. The name stuck and all Indianans and the student body of Indiana University are now called Hoosiers. The speculation about the name has become a part of Indiana folklore.
Indiana is home to the most famous speedway in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track surface was paved with 3.2 million paving bricks, giving it the nickname, "The Brickyard." The first Indy 500 race was held on May 30, 1911.The winner was Ray Harroun, with an average speed of 74.59 mph. The highest lap speed since recorded was 239 mph and the average race speed clocks in at 185 mph. Indiana ranks 38th in size among all the fifty states with a land area of 35,866 square miles. Its population of 6 million people places it at #14 in populace.
Now that you are moving to the Hoosier State, impress your family and friends with this interesting Indiana information:
State Capital is Indianapolis.
State Tree is the Tulip Tree.
The debut of singer Frank Sinatra was in Indianapolis at the Lyric Theater on February 2, 1940, appearing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
State Bird is the Cardinal.
The first diesel powered tractor was produced in Columbus, Indiana in 1930.
State Flower is the Peony.
Indiana declared English its official language in 1984.
The world's first transistor radio was made in Indianapolis.
State Motto is the Crossroads of America.
The world's first theme park opened on August 3, 1946, in Santa Claus, Indiana, nine years before Mr. Disney opened his park in California, and Holiday World still operates today under the same family ownership.
Abraham Lincoln, from age 7 through 21, lived with his family on a farm in what is now Lincoln City, in Spencer County. There's a national park, a state park, and even an outdoor drama in his honor.
Indiana is split between two time zones.
James Dean was born and is buried in Grant County. At the James Dean Memorial, you can see the actor's motorcycle, Oscar, school papers, and the traffic ticket he received just before his fatal accident at age 24 in 1955.
Indiana leads the US in production of musical instruments.
Cole Porter was born in Indiana in 1892. He wrote songs for over 20 Broadway musicals.
In a typical year, half of all Indiana cropland is planted in corn.
Indiana is the top popcorn-producing state in the nation.
The first successful goldfish farm in the United States was opened in Martinsville, Indiana, in 1899.
Indiana has more covered bridges than any other state.
Tomato juice as a drink was created at the French Lick Springs Hotel in 1917.
Enjoy your new home Indiana!