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Indy Fun Facts

• Indiana became the 19th state December 11, 1816.


• Indianapolis is the 14th largest city in the United States.


• The state tree: Tulip Tree & Poplar Tree; The state bird: Cardinal; The state flower: Peony


• There are 92 counties in Indiana. The population is 6,271,973


• The first state capital was Corydon. Indianapolis became the capital in 1820.


• The Indianapolis expressway, 465, is approximately 53 miles in circumference.


• It is illegal to sell or buy a vehicle on Sunday thanks to the “Blue Law”.


• The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world.


• The first Indianapolis 500 was held on May 30, 1911 and won by Ray Harroun, with an average speed of 74.59 mph.


• The Indianapolis Colts were the 2006 Super Bowl Champions!


• Indiana is called Crossroads of America due to the fact Indianapolis has the most interstate legs in the U.S.


• Elvis Presley’s last concert was in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena in 1977 (he died 3 months later).


• Crown Hill Cemetery (Indianapolis) is the third largest cemetery in the U.S.


• Indiana houses the 2nd largest FED EX hub in the U.S.


• The movies “Hoosiers,”, “Breaking Away”, and “A League of Their Own”, were filmed in Indiana.


• The movie “A Christmas Story” takes place in northern Indiana.


• The Coco-Cola bottle was designed in Terre Haute, Indiana.


• Indiana University's greatest swimmer was Mark Spitz, who won 7 gold medals in the 1972 Olympic games.


• Explorers Lewis and Clark set out from Fort Vincennes, Indiana on their exploration of the Northwest Territory.


• Historic Parke County has 32 covered bridges and is considered the Covered Bridge Capital of the World.


• Wabash, Indiana was the first electrified city in the U.S.


• A sea of limestone that is one of the richest deposits of top-quality limestone found anywhere on earth is located in Southern Indiana. The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chicago’s Tribune Tower, the Pentagon, the U.S. Treasury, and dozens of government buildings, in Washington, D.C., as well as 14 state capitols are built from Indiana limestone. The Indiana Geological Survey says nearly 2.7 million cubic feet of Indiana limestone are quarried each year.


• Theme parks were invented in Indiana. The world’s first theme park opened on August 3, 1946, in Santa Claus, Indiana. Santa Claus Land opened a full nine years before Mr. Disney opened his park in California.


• Indiana is the top popcorn-producing state in the nation. Orville Redenbacher is from Brazil, Indiana.


• 90% of the world’s popcorn is grown in Indiana.


• Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. There are approximately 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of land.


• The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is one of only 18 full time orchestras in the United States.


• Fred Tucker started The F.C. Tucker Real Estate in 1918. The F.C. Tucker Company, Inc. employs 1,800 people in Indianapolis and is 25th in Indiana's top employers.


• In 1902, the West Baden Springs Resort in French Lick, Indiana, opened with an elegant atrium covered by the world’s largest free-span dome. The 6 story 200 foot domed atrium was the largest clearspan dome in the world until 1963 when the Houston Astro Dome was built. The resort was remodeled & reopened in 2007.


• Tomato juice as a drink was created at the French Lick Springs Hotel French Lick, Indiana, in 1917. (now reopened)


• The college football hall of fame is located in South Bend, Indiana.


• Batesville Casket Company, Batesville, Indiana, is the largest casket manufacturer in the world!


• The Raggedy Ann doll was created in 1914 by Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis, Indiana.


• Kurt Vonnegut Jr, well known author & artist, is from Indianapolis, Indiana.


• Basketball legend, Oscar Robertson, is from Indianapolis, Indiana. •David Letterman is from Indianapolis, Indiana.


• Sarah Walker aka Madam CJ Walker, became one of the first millionaires in 1918 selling her cosmetics for black women in Indianapolis, IN.


• Billionare, Bill Cook is from Bloomington, Indiana.


• The Dan Quayle Center is in his home town of Huntington , Indiana.


• The 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, opened his law practice in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1854. He was only President for three months.


• Larry Bird is from French Lick, Indiana.


• Dale Billman, world renowned realtor, is from Batesville, Indiana.


• John Mellancamp, singer/songwrtier, was born in Seymour, Indiana and resides in Bloomington, Indiana.


• Vivica A. Fox, Steve Mc Queen, Shelly Long, Carole Lombard, Carl Malden, Sydney Pollack, Florence Henderson, all actors, are from Indiana.


• Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, is from Marion, Indiana.


• James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana, and is buried in Fairmont, Indiana.


• Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five got their start in Gary, Indiana.


• Comedian, Red Skelton, was from Vincennes, Indiana.


• Wilbur and Orville Wright, inventors, are from Millville, Indiana.


• James Whitcomb Riley , was born in a two-room log cabin in Greenfield, Indiana. He wrote poems such as "The Old Swimmin' Hole", "Little Orphan Annie", and "When the Frost is on the Pumpkin".



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