Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|General Anthony Wayne, defeated the Native Americans at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and then founded what is now the city of Fort Wayne. Which president served under him at the famous battle?||Indiana Wants Me
William Henry Harrison. William Henry Harrison was appointed the first governor of the Indiana Territory.
John Colgan's 'sweetened chewing gum'. John Colgan's 'invention' was developed in Kentucky.
Vincennes. Built by the French around 1732, the Fort became an important post for the fur trade.
|What is the name given to the culture of mound-builder peoples that inhabited Indiana about 2,500 years ago?||Indiana Wants Me
The Adena. The term derives from the name of the home of an early Ohio Governor.
|What world famous sporting event takes place annually in Indiana?||Indiana Wants Me
The Indy 500. The prestigious race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, usually on Memorial Day weekend, in May.
|The state nickname, the Hoosier State, is derived from the Scottish pronunciation of the word 'house'. True or false?||Indiana Wants Me
f. There are conflicting theories about the origin of the nickname. one theory says that the word comes from the northern English district of Cumberland, where the word 'hoozer' refers to a large geographical feature such as a hill. The other theory refers to Sam Hoosier's many employees, who became known as 'Hoosiers', which is now the term used to describe people from the state.
|The name Indiana was first used in the 1760's and applied to a private tract of land in another state. Which state was it?||Indiana Wants Me
Pennsylvania. The name literally means 'land of the Indians', and it refers to the large variety of Native American peoples living in the region.
Electric street lights. On March 31, 1880, the city of Wabash began an experiment to determine the feasibility of electricity, the newest source of energy. Both experts and the public determined that it was a success, with a total cost of $712 per year to light the entire city by electricity.
|What singer made his debut at the Lyric Theatre in Indianapolis on February 2, 1940, with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra?||Indiana Fun Facts
Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular of all American singers, got his start as a "lounge singer" in Indiana. He once said that he got his unique style by trying to imitate Dorsey's trombone with his voice.
State fairgrounds. This stretch of sidewalk at the State fairgrounds is where Indiana's most famous citizens have put their hands in cement, a la Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Some of the Indiana celebrities include popcorn tycoon Orville Redenbacher and former Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz.
Hoosier . The term first appeared in the 1830s. There are many theories as to the origin, but no one seems to know exactly where the term came from.
28. Some of these are Tippecanoe River State Park, Clifty Falls State Park, and Harmonie State Park. Information provided by http://www.stateparks.com/in.html.
28 degrees F. Hoosiers have learned to expect snow between November and April. An average of 20 inches of snow falls on Indiana per year.
75 degrees F. Farmers in southern Indiana generally have a longer growing season than farmers in the northern part of the state.
92. Sixty-five percent of Indiana is urban and thirty-five percent is rural.
t. Indiana's highest point is in Wayne County and is 1,257 about seas level.
Boone County. The geographic center is in Boone county, 14 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
t. It is Latin for "land of the Indians".
f. The state song is "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away", written by Paul Dresse. It was adopted as the state song in 1913.
t. Indiana achieved statehood on December 11, 1816, making it the 19th state.
Wabash. The Wabash forms part of the Indiana-Illinois border, where it flows into the Ohio River. The Wabash was important in Indiana's settlement and is memorialized in the state song. The name comes from a Native American word for limestone.
Limestone. Limestone is made of fossilized shells of tiny marine animals that sank to the bottom of the sea that once covered Indiana. It is mined from quarries and used in constructing buildings throughout the state.
Peony. The peony is actually Indiana's fourth state flower. The carnation was adopted in 1913, but some people complained that carnations were native to Europe. In 1923, the tulip tree blossom became the state flower and then the zinnia in 1931. In 1957, senators surprised everyone by preferring the dogwood blossom. A representative who grew peonies suggested his favorite flower and he won. On March 13, 1957, the peony became the official state flower.
Tulip Tree. The tulip tree is also known as the yellow poplar and is a member of the magnolia family. The blossom of the tulip tree was the state flower from 1923 to 1931. The same year that the flower lost its status, the tree became official.
Cardinal. In 1932, Indiana's people were debating over the state bird. The rose-breasted grosbeak and the Baltimore oriole were also considered, but the cardinal won in 1933.
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"I really don't want to be a part of this."
One of America's greatest Presidents spent most of his childhood in Indiana before moving to Illinois. Who was this great man?||Indiana Trivia by Relatively Famous Hoosiers
Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born in Kentucky, moved to Spencer County when he was seven years old, then moved on to Illinois right around the time he became an adult.
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"I hate Suzanne Sommers."
The Ball Corporation, located in Muncie, had a hand in starting Ball State University. What product did the Ball company produce? ||Indiana Trivia by Relatively Famous Hoosiers
Canning Jars. Money from canning jars established and built Ball State University.
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What does the word Indiana mean?||Indiana Trivia by Relatively Famous Hoosiers
Land of the Indians. Indiana is Latin for "Land of Indians". Only 8,000 of the state's six million plus population are Native Americans today.
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"Me and James are working together on this, he is my neighbor up here. I realize that some of you young folks may not have heard of me, but that is fine. I did a little acting, appearing in 20 movies, as a character actor. Check out Frank Capra's 1951 movie, "Here Comes the Groom" to see me and hear some of my music."
Which Great Lake does Indiana border?||Indiana Trivia by Relatively Famous Hoosiers
Michigan. Indiana is considered a Great Lake state, but just barely. Only 40 miles of Indiana is on the coast of Lake Michigan.
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What is the name of the auto race that takes place in Indianapolis every year around Memorial Day?||Indiana Trivia by Relatively Famous Hoosiers
Indianapolis 500. The 500 started in 1911 and has become "the greatest spectacle in racing."
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"I am the most popular man in Bloomington, now that Bob Knight is gone."
What well-known TV mom is actually from Dale?||Indiana Trivia by Relatively Famous Hoosiers
Florence Henderson. Mrs. Brady was a Hoosier.