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19th State (December 11, 1816), midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: IN

Nickname: The Hoosier State

Origin of Name: The meaning is "land of Indians."

Indiana State Symbols :

Capital: Indianapolis
Motto: The Crossroads of America
Indiana State Seal
Bird: Cardinal
Beverage: Water
Flower: Peony
Pie: Sugar cream pie
Poem: Indiana, by Arthur Franklin Mapes
River: Wabash River
Song: On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away
Stone: Salem Limestone
Tree: Tulip Tree

Indiana State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

Things to Know

In 1679, Frenchmen led by Rene-Robert Cavelier , Sieur de La Salle, became the first Europeans to set foot in Indiana as they explored the Mississippi valley. At the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, Britain took French-controlled American territory including Indiana.

American colonel George Rogers Clark led American forces against the British in the area during the Revolutionary War. After the war, Indiana became a U.S. possession as part of what was known as the Northwest Territory. Prior to becoming a state, Indiana was the scene of frequent Indian uprisings until the victories of Gen. Anthony Wayne at Fallen Timbers in 1794 and Gen. William Henry Harrison at Tippecanoe in 1811. In 1816, Indiana was admitted to the Union as the nineteenth state. Indiana was the first state to provide a state-supported school system.

In 1803, Lewis and Clark set out on their expedition west from the southern Indiana town of Clarksville, IN.

Indiana's 41-mile Lake Michigan waterfront is one of the world's great industrial centers. Producing iron, steel, oil products, automobile parts, mobile homes and recreational vehicles, truck and bus bodies, aircraft engines, farm machinery, wood office furniture and pharmaceuticals.

In agriculture Indiana is the leader with corn production. Hogs, soybeans, wheat, oats, rye, tomatoes, onions, and poultry also contribute to Indiana's agricultural output. Indiana is the top popcorn producing state, 90% of the world’s popcorn is grown in Indiana.

One of the largest caves in the U.S. is Wyandotte cave located in Crawford County in southern Indiana.

Major Rivers: Ohio River , Kankakee River , Wabash River , White River , Tippecanoe River

Famous Hoosiers

Virgil Grissom astronaut, Mitchell, In.

James R. Hoffa labor leader, Brazil, In.

J. Danforth Quayle vice president, Indianapolis, In.

Wilbur Wright inventor, Millville, In.

Orville Redenbacher businessman-founder of the Gourmet Popping Corn brand, Brazil, Indiana

Things to Do

Indiana State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Sites to See

Ernie Pyle
Pulitzer prize winning journalist in World War II.

The Wabash and Erie Canal
History and information on the Wabash River, Wabash Trade Route, and the Erie Canal.

Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is an automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Color Pages

Indiana Flag

Things To Do-Other Sites

Indiana State Quarter
Read about the Indiana State Quarter and print out the color page.


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